Ashley Tisdale, who is expecting her first child, is sharing some relatable feelings about her changing body during pregnancy.
On Saturday, the High School Musical star, 35, published a black-and-white photo in which she touches her stomach. "Ready when you are little one," she captioned the post, directing followers to a new blog post on her lifestyle site Frenshe. "This glam squad always knows how to make me feel beautiful, but I have to be honest, I haven’t gotten the whole warm and fuzzy feeling about my pregnant body being beautiful," she wrote. "Don’t get me wrong, I am so proud of my body and I’m so grateful to be able to create a home and grow my little one."
Tisdale and her husband, the composer Christopher French, were married in 2014 and are expecting a little girl.
"However, seeing my body look so different is still a little startling to me. It’s like I don’t fully recognize myself and almost like an out-of-body experience. Thoughts like, 'Is that really me?' come to mind," wrote The Masked Dancer judge. "I think it comes down to body acceptance vs body love. I think that you can love your body, no matter what shape or form, but it’s the acceptance part that trips me up a little."
It never helps that people around Tisdale commented on her body. "I popped pretty early in pregnancy, and I had people say “I think you’re farther along than you think”, “Are you having twins?”— all very invasive things," she wrote. "However, I brushed those comments off as I do with any type of criticism. I think change can be hard, but I continue each day saying 'I love you' to my body because it’s doing so much, and it’s creating is a beautiful miracle. I have to let the ego-mind go and appreciate that my body can even do this. It’s letting go of my own needs because the needs of my baby are more important."
Last month, the actress shared a naked selfie from the side, taken in front of a mirror. "Let’s start loving ourselves and our bodies in every shape and form," she wrote on Instagram.
Looking forward to life as a mom, Tisdale wrote in her blog post, “I don’t know what my body will be like after the baby comes, but I do know I’m going to give it time, let it heal, and take really good care of it. I wanted to share this because I’m sure that like a lot of other people, I felt ashamed that I was uncomfortable at first. Yet, it’s important to honor how you feel and understand that everyone has a different experience with pregnancy."
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