I'm not sure how I envisioned it, but I sort of assumed I would go from looking normal to looking pregnant.
So, yeah, no.
Right around 11 or 12 weeks, I noticed that pants were getting a little tight. But I didn't look pregnant. More like I ate a whole Chipotle burrito in one sitting.
So I paid my friendly Pea in the Pod a visit, just to check it out.
And the women there kind of looked at me like I was one of those women in an episode of ER who come in and swear that they are pregnant but it turns out they have one of those tumors with the hair and the teeth or they go crazy and steal a baby. Or both.
So I did what any sane savvy person would do. I googled.
(OMG. Let me tell you something about googling while pregnant. You can find a similar google search to ANYTHING by combining it with "pregnancy." Scary stuff)
On the Urban Baby website, among the mean girl snipes about white trash baby names or women who, gasp!, drink coffee while pregnant, were several references to a Bella Band by Ingrid & Isabel.
And let me tell you. This thing is gold.
It's just a stretchy tube of white or black fabric and you wear it over your normal pants while they are unbuttoned and even unzipped!
Which leads me to my newest motto:
Life is just so much better with your pants unbuttoned.
It did get me thinking...doesn't everyone need a Bella Band?!? For Thanksgiving? Or a birthday party at Fogo de Chao? Or that Chipotle burrito?
Well, probably not. I must say, I've been happy to be able to wear my suit pants and my favorite Topshop skinny jeans comfortably for a while longer and would highly recommend it to anyone preggers.
But walking around in public with your pants unbuttoned is a privilege of pregnancy, like getting a seat on the metro or getting to decide what the office eats for lunch.
So, if you are overly full one day, have a friend who has one, and want to try it out, I won't judge.