Not Just Hemlines


9 comments posted

My current "them" is the birth control pills. The internet warned me that I'd gain weight and gain boobs and voila! Here is the weight! Here are the boobs! Things are shaking that never shook before. I don't know if anyone but me will notice, but man, I'm pissed too. Grrrr.

Posted by Jo Stockton (not verified) on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 09:10

Don't know if you've ever been pregnant, but talk about being shocked by bodily changes. You can't believe what's going on. Your breasts become two canteloupes perched on a watermelon. HUGE canteloupes on a BIG melon. And then there are all the other changes besides. I won't even go into breast-feeding. And the aftermath...

Posted by Harmony (not verified) on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 13:52

I, for one, think this post would have been much clearer were it illustrated with photos.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 14:22

I don't think you have anything to worry about, I saw you biking down Bank Street today and you looked as smashing as always.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 18:16

Jo: I haven't noticed! But I'll grr with you anyway. Grr.

Harmony: See, this is one of my biggest reasons for not getting pregnant. I've watched a few people go through it recently and I have to say, it mostly didn't look like fun.

SLM: Be careful what you ask for!

Anon: Thank you, that's very kind. It's not that I think I look bad. My body is my body and some days I like it, some days I don't. What's pissing me off is how can I be 32 years old and not know my body? I find that beyond frustrating.

Posted by megan on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 18:54

Excellent post Megan. I think it's partly that our bodies keep changing and partly that the manufacturers are completely inconsistent about sizing. And size is such a weirdly critical perceptual thing for women, so it really messes with our heads when our body numbers inexplicably change.

Posted by zoom (not verified) on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 20:47

But remember, and to paraphrase that Mastercard commercial...
Pregnancy: not much fun.
Body changes during pregnancy: not fun at all.
Tiny human resulting from pregnancy: priceless.

Posted by Harmony (not verified) on Sat, 08/11/2007 - 00:27

When you're in a hating your body phase, it's nice to have company. I've gained some weight over the past few months, which I guess could be normal, only now I'm past the "I can sort of fit into this size jeans" to actually buying the next size up. I feel like my body shouldn't be doing this to me, I'm nice and I feed it and we get exercise (apparently not enough). Thanks for posting this, it makes me feel much better. :)

Posted by Evey (not verified) on Sat, 08/11/2007 - 13:49

I admit I didn't read most of this, but I thought it was pertinent:

I did, however, read all of your post, as well as the supplemental ones above. well done all around!

Posted by suge (not verified) on Sun, 08/12/2007 - 11:02