I wanted to share these photos with you guys. The left is exactly one year ago when I was getting ready to head to the Arnold Sports Festival and the right was today at 39 weeks pregnant in the same room (no filters on the pics).

I know so many of you who follow me are women and that means that pregnancy will or has happened at some point in your life. The thing that I want to show here is that your body IS going to change a lot during pregnancy and that’s ok! Obviously my belly is huge, but I also have increased body fat in non-belly areas. I have some days where I start to feel down about my changing body. When I start to feel like that I really try to remind myself that this time in my life isn’t about having the perfect little body, it’s about creating a perfect little body inside me.

One thing I have found that has really helped me a lot to deal with all these body changes is to stay active and focus on eating healthy, whole foods. That way when I start to feel down about my arms and butt getting bigger or my decreased muscle I can at least try to focus on the small things I am doing to stay healthy – even if it seems like so much less than I used to be able to do, it helps me stay positive about all the changes.

This post ended up really long, but I basically wanted to get across that as women, our bodies get to go through something incredible and create another human life. Let’s embrace the beauty of that, enjoy the time while we have it, and love ourselves for all the changes you see in the mirror ♥

Your friend,
Natalie