Sadie Robertson Huff is feeling at ease in her body while pregnant with her second child.
The Duck Dynasty alum, 25, has spoken about her struggles with body image before, sharing that she had an eating disorder after stepping into the spotlight. And although she had fears of some of those disordered thoughts and habits returning during her pregnancy with her nearly 2-year-old daughter, Honey, she said that her perspective has completely shifted for baby number two.
"I remember it shaped a lot of body image things for me because your body takes on a whole new meaning," she said on The Squeeze podcast, which is hosted by Taylor Lautner and his wife, Taylor Lautner. "All of a sudden, every part of your body is used for the purpose of another life, so it just takes the focus off of you and puts it onto something so much greater and that shifts so much of who you are."
While pregnant with Honey in 2021, Huff began to embrace that change as she posted photos sharing the progress of her growing belly.
She told the Lautners that her first experience with pregnancy and motherhood have helped to prepare her for the second time around.
"It grows your capacity and your strength and your confidence. It made me a lot less shallow," she said. "No longer is my stomach trying to look the flattest or the most fit. Now, it’s like, oh wow, as it grows I'm creating life inside of me."
It isn't the first time that Huff has reflected on the ways in which motherhood helped to evolve her relationship with her body. She previously shared with Yahoo Life that the mere "miracle" of pregnancy and childbirth allowed her to come to terms with all of the external changes.
"Perspective can kill you or perspective can make you. I threw up every single day from week 7 to week 24. It's not like I had this perfect pregnancy," she said, "but at the end of the day, gratitude defeats many feelings of fear and many feelings of insecurity that you might have."
Now, she continues to practice that gratitude while waiting on the arrival of baby number two.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, call the National Eating Disorders Association hotline at 1-800-931-2237.
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