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Weight Gain During Pregnancy
August 17, 2018
Disclaimer: This can be a polarizing topic, and if you have specific health concerns about your weight, please consult your doctor. I’m in no way a professional, and this blog solely represents my opinion free of fact/research.
Now let’s talk weight gain during pregnancy. I’ve never thought of myself as an overweight person, but I also never found myself believing I was “skinny” or “thin” either. I find it very hard to exist as a woman in our society obsessed with looks. And the insecurities you experience seem to increase while you’re pregnant (at least for me). Some women think pregnancy is great and don’t mind the weight gain..kudos to you, you lucky betch! And then there are women like me who tend to feel like a whale as soon as the first trimester.
We all gain weight in different ways, and I tend to fall into the “all-over” category. Before I even hit the second trimester, I could no longer pull my normal jeans over my thighs. And overnight I went from curvy to feeling like Violet as a blueberry in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
I keep hearing different things from different people. My new OB literally told me that my weight gain during pregnancy should fall between 28-32 lbs. I mean, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can gain five pounds after a meal, so I’m not even sure that range is wide enough for a normal person. Am I really supposed to be upset over a difference of a few pounds? Some of my family members told me that they gained about 40-50 lbs, but lost most or all of it from breastfeeding. Then others told me they gained a lot in the first trimester and tapered off toward the end or vice versa. Bottom line: every woman is different.
So why do we have to focus so much on our weight? Don’t we have enough pressure trying to make sure we’re getting ready to bring a child into our lives?!
I’ve decided to retire the scale for the rest of my pregnancy and focus on the overall picture. I’m trying to bring a healthy baby into this world. And I want him to appreciate women for more than their looks. And doesn’t that start with his mother feeling comfortable in her own skin? It’s something I need to work on, and I will probably have to work on it for the rest of my life.
Any thoughts on weight gain during pregnancy? Did you focus on it?