Pregnancy is a crazy time, and no one’s ever fully prepared for the changes it brings. On Monday, Ashley Graham posted a nude video about “trying to embrace” her pregnant body, and it’s such an important, honest message to share. As a body image activist, Graham has spoken at length about learning to love her body and the challenges she’s faced along the way. It’s refreshing to see Graham continuing to show her vulnerability now, as she experiences pregnancy for the first time.
Graham posted the video of her pregnant body to Instagram with the caption: “Getting bigger and bigger and trying to embrace my new body everyday. It’s a journey and I’m so thankful to have such a supportive community.” The video itself looks like it was shot on her phone, and scans her body closely, taking in her pregnant belly. It ends on Graham flashing the camera a wide grin.
While trolls are always lurking, there has been an outpouring of support in Graham’s comment section. “You look BEAUTIFUL,” fellow model Karlie Kloss writes. “Absolutely beautiful!! The mommy body is such a gift!” another commenter adds. “One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Even more to love!” editor Jennifer Dickinson chimes in. Graham’s message — that you have to work at self-love during these periods of extreme change — will resonate with people everywhere. And we hope those same people can absorb the encouragement in her comments section too.
Graham announced she was pregnant with husband Justin Ervin on August 14, captioning another Instagram video, “Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life. It has been the best journey with my favorite person in the world! Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY! Happy anniversary, @mrjustinervin. Life is about to get even better.” We’re excited to meet baby Graham-Ervin.