Spoiler Alert: Yep! I’m wearing my BUMP PROUD again in a bikini so if you don’t want to look then leave my site now!

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A few months back, I caught a lot of flack on two separate occasions for bearing my baby bump in a bikini and monokini while spending the day poolside with my family. Apparently people online have some strong opinions about showing your pregnant body and what’s appropriate to wear. I got a lot of comments like these:

“Too much showing. Not suitable for a pregnant mom with a seven-month-old.”

“Ewww. She’s pregnant! Cover that bump up! No one wants to see that!!”

“NOT motherly AT ALL. In future years she will surely regret that unflattering picture. COVER up girl!:

“That suit is barely suitable for a non-pregnant woman let alone a pregnant one!:

“Have a little more modestly when you’re pregnant!!! Geez!!!:

“I mean, it’s ok for a younger girl to wear something like that, but a mom of (soon to be) 4, had having a baby bump, that suit doesn’t seem, ahem, ‘suitable’

“She’s pregnant and wearing this? She’s just trashy and looks like a hooker!”

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I have to say, I’m super proud of my bump. Why should I be embarrassed and cover up something that’s the greatest gift a woman can experience? A pregnant woman in any shape or size is beautiful! Pregnancy is an amazing journey and we preggers should be able to show it off. I call it BUMP PROUD! Embrace your growing curves and bourgeoning belly.

Plus, we are hard at work baking a baby. It’s not easy! It’s tough. We have aches and pains and things happen to our bodies we never imagined, so we should have the same right – if not more – to dress how we want without judgment. Plus, I would wear either of those bathing suits before pregnancy (and I have! Plus, the monokini is vintage and 70’s crochet chic) so why shouldn’t I be able to now just because I have a big baby belly?

And, as for setting an example as a mother- please. I’m making a conscious choice to show my daughters that they can express themselves and be proud as a woman of their bodies. I don’t ever want them to think that they should be ashamed of or self-conscious of their bodies, no matter what shape it’s in.

I think everyone needs to give pregnant women a break and understand that pregnancy is a very special and personal experience for a woman. I’m all about encouraging pregnant women everywhere to wear your Bump Proud!!

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I’m curious to hear what you all think – do you wear your bump with pride? Or do you think we pregger ladies should cover up when we’re expecting?

Leave your thoughts on the topic in the comments below!

Love,
T

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