As we mentioned last week, Brian and I have started a new temporary weekly column which we lovingly title "Tummy Tuesdays," which we're hoping will provide some insight to mamas-to-be who might be asking themselves (as I did), what will my belly look like after delivery?
This week had some big changes, perhaps more that I can feel and less that I can see. The stomach is gaining back its tone, little by little, which I attribute in part to the walks I take everyday and to one special little luxury item: the Belly Bandit.
I know, I know. It seems silly and maybe even anti-feminist of me, but wearing the band is less for my current appearance (it doesn't exactly smooth you out--in fact, if I tried to wear it under my more revealing tops, it would make me look rectangular) and more for aiding my posture during this weird muscular transition. The band insists that I carry myself correctly when sitting, walking, and pretty much doing anything, so wearing it has made me very aware of using my abs and has made carrying the extra weight in my chest (it isn't a lie, ladies; they get BIG!) a lot more bearable.
Other than the red lines from the band, the only pregnancy tatoo (as Brian calls it) that I'm rocking is my linea nigra, which has already started to fade. I have to say, though, that I just might miss it when it's gone. (Maybe it'll be a new ink inspiration?)
To see what the bump looked like one week ago, view last week's post. To see what it looked like 2 days after delivery for the sake of comparison, view our birth post, and to see the bump a week before delivery, view our 41-week post.