When I was a child, I remember sticking out my belly to see what I would look like when I was pregnant. Pretend-time with friends often included a ball under a shirt to play the part of the “pregnant mom.” But when I actually became pregnant 11 years ago, I was self-conscious about the burgeoning “bump” and the possibility that people would notice it before I was ready to announce to friends and family that we were expecting a baby.
As the bump grew, I reveled in the attention I received, the knowing smiles from older women and even the random strangers that wanted to touch my belly.
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