My doctor told me at one of my first visits that I should expect to gain 25-35 pounds during my pregnancy. I started off thinking there was no way I’d gain more than that since my husband and I eat really healthy and ate out maybe once a week. Weight gain during pregnancy is one of those taboo topics that nobody wants to talk about, which makes it even worse. I thought I must have been the only one who gained as much as I did.
Well, let’s just say about halfway through my pregnancy I had already hit 35 pounds gained, which made me panic a little inside, and by a little I mean a LOT. Every appointment I went to I was constantly worried about it and wondering why I had gained so much more than the “average” person. Every time I asked my doctor said I was completely fine. All of my tests were normal and baby and I were very healthy.
Let me be clear…my problem was NOT with how much I gained, it was the fact that the doctor would give me a number in the first place. Didn’t he know how much women obsess about weight, and especially when you tell me a number that’s “normal” and I pass it almost 2x over! Just as everyone is different, the amount of weight each person gains will be different…so don’t go around telling people a “normal” number in the first place. If health issues arise during the pregnancy, deal with them. The amount of weight he said I would gain was NOT going to keep me from eating when I was hungry…and I ate 4 small meals each day, most of the time with snacks here and there. All of my tests were normal and baby and I were very healthy. So, apparently I WAS “normal” after gaining a total of 55 pounds during my pregnancy, I delivered a very healthy 8 pound 4 ounce baby!
If you haven’t read it yet, check out my article about self-esteem after pregnancy! This one was very close to my heart. I really struggled with feeling attractive again after my body had gone through so much and being so sleep deprived after my son was born.
While we are on the topic of weight, Ashley recently shared this picture of 2 pairs of jeans from American Eagle Outfitters on Facebook. She went to get a new pair of jeans and after trying on her normal size which was too tight, she grabbed a pair two sizes bigger and they were STILL too tight. She went up another size, and it fit like a pair she had at home – which were a size 6. The new pair ended up being a size 12! When she got home she immediately compared the two pairs on top of each other. The pair on the bottom are size 6, from a couple years ago, and the new pair on top are size 12. They are the same style as well, if you were wondering. No wonder women are struggling with the issue of weight gain, what is this teaching our younger generation? That 12 is the new size 6?
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