The cure for body image issues

There comes a point in each pregnancy where my body image issues start to get out of control. I become very aware that I’m going to balloon and I start to freak out once I start seeing signs of it happening.

I can’t remember when the it all started. For better or worse, I didn’t use to care much about how I looked, as was evident from my childhood photos. Browsing the old photos albums, also evident was the fact that my folks didn’t care much about how I looked either. For the entire duration of my primary school life, I was basically known for my ridiculous specs and let’s just say that for an 8-year-old who is not Harry Potter, thick round plastic specs is the equivalent of sartorial suicide. But I wore it with pride because I was more concerned about being able to see clearly than how I was being seen.

Along the way though, those body image issues came creeping in and once they did, there was no turning back. That list has been steadily growing till this very day.

Let’s see, we’ve got:

The eyebrows. If left unattended to, they will stop existing in the plural form and grow into one singular eyebrow stretching across my face.

Crazy hair that does not listen to reason or hair products.

Cheeks that are prone to chubbiness. Chubby cheeks are cute to have at 3, but not so much at 30 and yet somehow, any additional weight I put on seems to find its way straight to my face.

Athletic calves. Some might call them stumpy. I prefer to call them muscular.

Giant feet. My feet are about the same size as the husbands’ so…that’s sexy.

Child bearing hips. It might have been considered hot once upon a time in ancient China but they’re not so good when you’re attempting to put on a pair of skinny jeans in 2014 Singapore.

A post-baby tummy that does not seem to go away no matter how many crunches I do. Which is mostly none.

Last weekend, I was trying to fit into my jeans while peering at my ass from 15 different angles to ascertain if it has gotten bigger. I’m fairly certain that it has. That colossally sucks. As I was wallowing, Kirsten burst into the room to show me her new hairband. I know because she said, “Mom, see my new hairband!” Then without skipping a beat, she said, “wah, you look so pretty” before turning around and walking right out.

I felt pretty good about myself for the rest of the day.

So the ass might gotten a little bigger but body image issues can kiss my um… you know, because my baby girl sees the good parts and those are the parts I should be looking at too.

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  • Reply Madeline Heng January 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Your cheeks are nice la. Sunken is not a good look either.

    Ditto on the child bearing hips & post baby tummy.. it’s unfair that some women don’t have the same issues.. they go back to their pre pregnancy body like right after birth, like how is that fair? -_-

    And ur girl is so sweet! :)
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    • Reply Daphne February 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks babe! Girls are the best, right?

  • Reply Hilda Han January 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Seriously, children are the sweetest. I was choosing undies at M&S with my girl and she chose something for me. I told her that the size was much too small for me because i am so fat. And she said, mummy, you are not fat. It’s because you have a baby inside. #heartmelt While it was true at that time when she said it, I unfortunately still look pregnant now. Lol…

    • Reply Daphne February 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Awww so sweet! And it’s so cute that she chooses stuff for you too. Kirsten does it when we go shopping too. She’ll pick all the poofy, frilly dresses for me, which I avoid like the plague. It’ll be fun to go shopping with them when they’re bigger though. :)

  • Reply Jayme Shing January 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Kirsten is so sweet! I am trying hard to errr embrace my pregnancy image now as well… which is also hard especially when I walk past a mirror and get a shock at how much weight I have put on…

    • Reply Daphne February 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Seriously, you still look gorgeous! All the best for the last trimester!

  • Reply Andrea January 30, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Children don’t lie

    • Reply Daphne February 3, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Hahahah that is true. Except that one time Truett said “WA YOUR STOMACH IS SO BIG LIKE A WATERMELON!”

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