Pregnancy precipitates a massive change. For most women, it means they’re about to become a mom to a whole other human being for the very first time or add another member to their family. But it’s not just what’s about to come that can mean huge differences to the way things were for expecting and first-time moms. The physical changes can be pretty intense — and difficult for some women to accept and cope with. Yes, it seems daunting, but overcoming the stress and discomfort of it can start with a perhaps not-so-simple shift in mindset. That’s how Australian fitness Instagrammer Fenella Scarlett McCall fought pregnancy body image fears, and it’s pretty incredible.
Before she announced to all her followers that she was pregnant at just nine weeks back in July, McCall generally used Instagram to document her health and fitness lifestyle. There were the requisite gym selfies and mouth-watering snaps of her always-aesthetically-pleasing meals bursting with so many nutrients that you could pretty much get a vitamin boost just by looking at them. Many of those pre-pregnancy captions tout self-love, but the message became especially poignant when the Melbourne fitness buff started documenting her pregnancy.
In her initial announcement July 26, McCall wrote that she was “scared, nervous, anxious, happy, and so much more” — and her honesty transported followers on her journey with her.
Soon after the announcement, McCall shared that the way her body was changing…