Pregnancy is one of life's great miracles, but it can be tough to keep up with the changes
your body goes through over the course of nine months and beyond. However, pregnancy can also be the time during which many women feel the healthiest and most beautiful.
This is something we were happy to notice after surveying 1,100 R29 readers
. When we asked them to tell us about a time they felt super happy and confident about their bodies, even if it wasn't 100%, there was a running theme through many of these stories: pregnancy. According to our survey, many women felt their most confident about their bodies during pregnancy and after giving birth.
And why shouldn't they? A lot happens when you get pregnant. Your breasts begin to lactate to feed
your baby, your body makes room to nurture life, and it's undeniable that labor
is a feat in and of itself.
Read on for 14 women's stories on how pregnancy changed their body image.
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