Hatching jackets, P-G, preggo, expecting, with child, in a family way, her delicate condition - all these euphemisms were normal expressions for being pregnant or wearing maternity clothes when I was a little girl. After all, it would have been highly improper to remind anyone that you actually did have S-E-X!
I remember in fourth grade losing one of the few teachers in school I actually liked, because she was beginning to "show," and that would have been horrible for our innocent little minds to deal with!!
No, I wouldn't want to go back to that time when being seen in a pregnant condition was almost a public embarrasment, but, frankly, I'm having a hard time adjusting to the fashions of today, where pregnant bellies are poking out for the whole world to see. It seems the style now is to stretch fabric over the enlarged tummy and scream to the world that you're pregnant! Or worse, IMVHO, let a naked tummy stick out!!
Why I even know a face painter who, for baby showers, paints the baby on the mother-to-be's tummy!
Does this turn anyone else off, or is this just a generational thing, or just me?
After all, there were no such things as sonograms or knowing the sex of the baby way back then! You didn't tell people you were pregnant until you couldn't hide it any longer, and you SURE didn't show off your changing figure!
Don't get me wrong, though. I absolutely LOVED being pregnant! We had tried for years to have a baby, been tested by a fertility specialist, and been told we couldn't have children. So we adopted a wonderful little bundle of joy. And then, just as so many have done, I got pregnant!
I gloried in being pregnant through the whole nine months, but I just didn't see that it was anybody else's business (other than DH) what my body looked like at the time.
Well, how 'bout YOU? Are you comfortable with today's display of pregnant bellies?
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