When Ivette posted a photo of herself belly dancing while pregnant on the Plus Mommy Facebook page, I contacted her right away. I wanted to hear all about her experience and see more photos. Thank you Ivette for sharing your story of belly dancing while pregnant with your baby boy Ivan Manuel.
It actually made my moves more beautiful because belly dancing and with a baby growing in my belly empowered me. Physically I would get tired and I couldn't do some moves (like full lay backs or heavy floor work) but I was able to keep up with class.
It kept my core pretty strong so back pains weren't too bad (considering I gained 55lbs). I had water retention but it wasn't that bad either until 4 weeks before giving birth. When doing some moves it felt funny, specially doing belly rolls, my son would kick back!!! All the shimmy-ing and dancing would rock him to sleep.
Jen McLellan is a published author and founder of Plus Size Birth and the Plus Mommy blog. She helps people navigate the world of plus size pregnancy, shares tips for embracing your body, and laughs her way through the adventures of parenthood.