The media constantly shows us beautiful, smiling, goddess-like pregnant women with perfectly round, high baby bumps (like little basketballs under their form-fitting maternity shirts). I realize that some lucky people actually do look and feel great during pregnancy, but I am not one of those people. For me, pregnancy was and is miserable, and my bump definitely didn't look like a ball. You see, there are struggles only pregnant women who carry "low" truly know, and as one of those women I can assure you: I know them all.
For example, when you carry low it's impossible to find maternity clothes that fit. It seemed like nothing could make its way over my low, wide bump, which meant I unintentionally bared my midriff to the non-pregnant world around me. This last time I gave up trying to find maternity clothes entirely, and pretty much wore yoga pants and baggy shirts during my last two trimesters. Carrying "low" also caused me to be really uncomfortable for most of my pregnancy, as if there was a bowling ball resting on my pelvis and/or bladder for what seemed like 38 months.
To make matters worse, it seems like everyone always had something to say about the way I carried my babies. No, stranger in the grocery store, I haven't dropped, you can't tell the gender or sex of my baby by looking at my bump, and yes, I am waddling. I don't want to hear about it. For me, pregnancy was not beautiful at all, and I'll tell you a secret: it doesn't have to be. The best part of pregnancy is that it doesn't last forever, even if you're carrying low and it feels like it will.