Body Image During Pregnancy Pt. II by Karsyn DuPree

As a continuation of yesterday's topic of body image and body development during pregnancy, I have asked for my sister-in-law Jessie DuPree's personal journey! 

Jessie is an unbelievable human being and she's actually WAITING to find out the sex of her new little munchkin, which is absolutely thrilling.

Jessie, like Sherri in the previous post, is currently pregnant and will deliver her baby in the next four/five months and give her adorable son, Josiah Wolf DuPree, a new brother/sister! Listen to her tale of pregnancy combined with her journey with embracing her baby-cookin' bod.

Jessie holding her precious baby boy, Wolfie, photo by Bliss Katherine.

Jessie holding her precious baby boy, Wolfie, photo by Bliss Katherine.

When my wonderful sister Karsyn asked me to share about body image during pregnancy, I thought, “What the heck? Doesn’t she know I'm a mess when I'm pregnant?!” 

“What do I write? I've never written a blog!”

Eventually, I gathered my raging pregnancy hormones, threw them in a box, calmed down, and thought about how incredible the gift of creating a human is.

Whether you feel like, “I have 17 children and can’t wait to get pregnant again!” or “Oh Lord, I never want to procreate!”, we as women can all agree that being a girl really STINKS sometimes! 

However, I can personally say that I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I mean, you fellas don’t get to make the tiny humans like women do. 

With that being said, make no mistake, LOVING the ability to create a child and NOT loving to be pregnant (for nearly a year) can most definitely coincide.  

During pregnancy, I puke my guts up for the first four months or so, have reflux nearly instantly after every meal, pain in my hips, back, you name it. To top it off, I had one of the hardest ends to a pregnancy the last time I did this thing [when I had Wolf]. 

Let me state very clearly, though, that the physical changes have absolutely NOTHING to do with my emotional struggles during pregnancy. It felt ike my backside got word that I was pregnant before the rest of my body even knew what was going on! Side note:

My husband actually thinks I’m slammin’ hot when I'm pregnant; the curves look good on you, girl!

During my first pregnancy, there was a point where I was told I needed to watch my weight gain because, on paper, I had gained more than the recommended amount for how far along I was. One of my very best friends in the whole world (who also happened to be one of my midwives the first go around) told me something I will never forget.  When I called her and asked about it, she said, “Jessie, your body is doing EXACTLY what it needs to do to create this baby.”

The words were simple, but what a revelation! It completely changed the way I thought about what was going on! 

The fact that our bodies know exactly what to do to create an entirely new life is INCREDIBLE.

We should rejoice in this, and be thankful that we are even capable of accomplishing such a huge miracle! When you think of it in this way, a few stretch marks seem more like the strokes from a master’s paintbrush!

If you really take a good, long look in that mirror, you might even come to the point where you think, “Daaaaaaang, I’m actually looking pretty good with these new curves!”

I could seriously ramble on and on about this subject….I love babies, I love the process of making them, and I love loving my body, but I want to end with some encouragement for you mommas, or mommas-to-be out there: 

Yes, your body is going to change during pregnancy…its gonna grow, momma, because your baby is growing.

Yes, your clothes are all going to cease to fit you at some point, and you’ll have to hit up that maternity sale!

Yes, you will at some points struggle with the fact that your body is growing and growing, and growing. 

BUT YES, you will get a baby at the end of it all, a life that came from your life. That makes the sacrifice beyond worth it! 

Bottom line: Your body is your body. It is beautiful, pregnant or not. Love it well, and it will love you well. 

By, Jessie DuPree

What's For Dinner? by Karsyn DuPree

We've all had it: tortilla soup with hearty content and garlicky kick, but who knew it could be so easy?!

This recipe is so versatile! You can eat the veggie version (as pictured) or add in your favorite meat (Collin loves adding an organic chicken breast). 

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What you'll need: 

1 tablespoon organic olive oil

1/2 diced white onion

3 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon cayenne (less or none of you don't like da spice!) 

1 tablespoon cumin

3/4 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon garlic powder

2 tablespoon chili powder  

1 teaspoon tumeric

1 cup organic bell peppers (julienned or just the frozen bag kind) 

2 cans organic fire-roasted tomatoes with green chiles

3 cans organic chilli beans

1 can organic corn

1 box organic veggie broth

Optional: Any meat of your choice

Garnish:

freshly cut cilantro  

diced avocado

diced red onion

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1. Sautee the onion and the minced garlic in the olive oil with the added garlic powder, salt and cayenne until the onions are transparent. 

2. Open and add the tomatoes, then the corn, then the beans and dump them in. 

3. Add remaining spices and broth and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.  

4. Let boil for 15-20 minutes then let sit until ready to serve!

We served ours over quinoa, but you can use rice, or just chips!  

This recipe yields 10-12 servings. 

Body Image During Pregnancy Pt. I by Karsyn DuPree

No, I'm not pregnant. Just take that out of your head.

This month, I thought it would be exceptionally important to emphasize different women's views and perceptions on the importance of a positive body-image in any and all walks of life.

I thought it would be fun to start with my sisters! I idolize them so much for being wonderful mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, you name it. They are all influential and impossibly loving women.

As you may know, a couple of my sisters are currently pregnant and are adding beautiful new additions to their families in about four/five months time! Jessie and Sherri are giving me new nieces and a nephews?! YES!!

Being pregnant, I've heard is quite an experience. Not only are you growing a baby inside your tummy, your tummy is also growing. You're body is growing and pulling in ways you haven't experienced, and though you are growing a baby, it must be difficult to keep that perspective 100% of the time. 

Today, Sherri DuPree-Bemis, my lovely and loving sister-in-law, shares her take on being pregnant and the challenges and rewards it brings to an expecting mother and her incubating body.

Sherri and her perfect daughter, Lucy at our wedding. Photo by Bliss Katherine.

Sherri and her perfect daughter, Lucy at our wedding. Photo by Bliss Katherine.

Having a positive self -mage as a girl in never super simple in this world, but it can be especially complicated when you're pregnant. Don't get me wrong, I am one of those girls that loves being pregnant; The kind of women that other pregnant women hate because I love it that much…Still, it's not exactly a giant bag of fun when all of a sudden your jolly new “pregnancy glow” cheeks remind you faintly of a certain jolly Holiday figure (HO HO HO!) or you feel your knickers suspiciously getting tighter and you reach back and your bum suddenly doesn't feel like your own bum anymore. Haha! BUT (no pun intended) I like to keep my mindset extremely simple during pregnancy as my body grows and grows…(and grows!)…I am growing a HUMAN LIFE in there! That’s crazy!!

There is nothing more beautiful or incredible or special or insane that my body will EVER do again. Literally. 

(Plus, lets be honest, those new curves are actually pretty hot). 

SO, to all pregnant mama’s...give yourself a break, go buy a pack of knickers that are a size up...and just enjoy feeling your incredible body grow that sweet baby.

-Sherri DuPree-Bemis

Don't miss: Jessie DuPree on Body Image During Pregnancy next!