Thursday, 12 April 2012

Weight Gain In Pregnancy

All my life I have always been petite. I am 5'4 and was slim pre pregnancy, slightly underweight. While we were trying to conceive I read that if you are underweight it can effect your chances of conceiving so during the months I did put on a little weight. I was still on the borderline of a normal weight for my height but I was happy with what I had managed to achieve so far.

When I did fall pregnant as some of you may know I had bad morning sickness up until around 16 weeks and this did cause me to basically lose all the extra weight I put on. The midwife didn't seem worried and just said they would keep an eye on my weight and how the baby was growing to make sure everything was fine. Thankfully at both scans the baby measured perfectly and now at every midwife appointment still measures stop on. 

So far I have put on around two stone. It does bother me a little that I have put weight on but after all I knew it would happen and I know that it is the best thing for baby girl so she can have a healthy start to life. But it is getting harder as I get bigger to look in the mirror and see all the extra weight. It's one thing stepping on the scales and see the numbers rise but another thing to look in the mirror and see a bigger version of yourself looking back at you. 

I find it hard these days to feel pretty/sexy and not point out the extra weight on my face or my thighs. I am starting to worry about how I am going to lose all the weight after I give birth and I'm hoping I won't find it too hard. I plan on letting myself fully recover then eat a balanced diet and exercise as much as I can even if it is just a half hour walk 3/4 times a week.

Some days I do get upset but I am super thankful for Mark when I have these down days... he is always there to cheer me up and tell me how beautiful I look. I think he actually prefers me pregnant and with the extra weight.  

How did you feel about weight gain in pregnancy? Did you worry about losing it all after the birth?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola xx

4 comments:

  1. I was the same as you hun, by the time I hit 17 weeks my morning sickness meant I weighed less than when I'd conceived- however by the time Isaac was born I'd put on 3 stone (and I exercised every day and ate healthily the entire time) and Isaac weighed 10lbs.
    As for getting the weight off- I'm working on it, but it's slow progress. It's not all bad though, for the first time in my life I have a bust and a bum instead of being entirely shapeless x

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  2. Its amazing how the weight does pile on even when you are careful. I must admit I haven't been strict with myself... if I want a biscuit i'll have one. I have tried to eat well to give baby girl the best start and feel like I haven't done too badly. I hope that breast feeding will help me lose the weight after but I know it won't happen over night!! I am hoping I keep my fuller bust :D

    Xx

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  3. I'm sure you will go back to your normal weight. Don't worry about that now, you will lose most of the weight before noticing it, you'll be too busy with the baby! ;)

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