Olivia Wilde Could Teach Other Moms a Thing or Two About Pregnancy

olivia wilde on cover of luckyOlivia Wilde's May 4 due date is swiftly approaching, so it makes sense that she's looking back on her first pregnancy to Lucky magazine, reflecting on all things wonderful, wacky, and unexpected. For instance, she admitted that when she first got pregnant, she "just thought, 'Oh, I'm going to hide this forever!'" Maybe it's because she's an actress who would have to keep it under wraps for various roles, or because she was afraid her bump wouldn't be flaunt-worthy? Either way, she really found herself embracing her pregnant figure.

The actress admits, "I ended up getting kind of excited to show the bump, as a badge of pride. Like I'm a woman! Look at me making a human! I am a goddess!"

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Of course Olivia's not alone in her surprising reaction to her pregnant body. It is one many of us have, at one point or another. Even if it's after giving birth, when we declare our stretch marks "tiger stripes" or "battle wounds," as fellow celeb mama Snooki put it. Unfortunately, though, it's not most women's first instinct to celebrate the weight gain and bumpin' belly that comes with pregnancy.

Maybe it's because we're so brainwashed to strive for svelte all the time, we feel like we have to apologize, feel shame, or even just make self-deprecating jokes for getting bigger. I've heard even the most confident women crack that at eight months along, they "take up the whole room." Or refer to themselves as fat, unattractive, cows, lucky that their husbands don't mind how big they've gotten, even using the words "gross" or "disgusting," etc. Even if it's in jest, it's beyond disheartening. Because there's absolutely no need to beat ourselves up over a transformation meant to accommodate a growing human!

Even more reason we need to applaud women like Olivia for owning their bumps and all that comes with it. Why shouldn't they all be hailing themselves as goddesses for refusing to hide something so naturally beautiful?

How was your body image while pregnant?

 

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