Friday, 20 June 2014

Weight Gain The Second Time Around

I've already grown a healthy 8lb 6oz baby. I know I can give birth and look after a newborn. I even know that I can lose all the extra weight after but it doesn't make it easier.

I, like a lot of women, find putting on weight hard. At my normal pre pregnancy weight I vary by about 1-2 lbs but stay within that range and I'm happy with that. During pregnancy with Paige I put on at least 2 stone.. Probably nearer to 2 and a half. I found it hard to watch the numbers go up on the scale, so much so that during my whole pregnancy I only weighed myself a couple of times at the midwife.

This time I feel the same. I know that the extra weight is needed for the baby and that's fine. I even know that considering my size I make bigger babies so extra weight is going to happen as a result of that. But it's still hard. I personally find the two stone mark the hardest. And this for me was reached at 35 weeks. I also find the last few weeks of pregnancy hard because I tend to swell, like many women do. My face goes puffy and my legs turn into tree trunks. My thighs get very swollen because of all the pressure from the baby.

I wouldn't say I'm huge. Pre pregnancy I'm a size 6/8 and right now I'm wearing normal size 10 trousers. Most of my maternity clothes are a size 8 and fit me fine. But I am petite at 5'4, I always have being so for me the extra weight tends to show a lot more or at least it does to me. I'm now 38 weeks and I've gained a total of 29lbs. A healthy weight gain for me during pregnancy is between 25-35lbs so I am well within that range but it's hard to see your body change so dramatically. A lot changes. You gain weight, your belly grows, your boobs grow, even your feet can change size!

In the end all that really matters is that your baby is healthy. If I have to go through 9 months of weight gain, stretch marks and hormonal breakdowns to have a healthy baby then that's fine by me!

But it's ok to struggle a little. Its ok to wonder how your body will look after. It's even ok to look in the mirror and not like what you see. If you feel down just look at your baby and look at the amazing little human that your body created!

Did you find weight gain in pregnancy hard?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nicola,
    I found weight gain especially hard in pregnancy as pre-pregnancy is worked super hard to lose 4 stone. I was a size 20 and miserable, skimmed to a size for my wedding day & in preparation for conceiving, and then had to watch the weight pile on during pregnancy. It was really hard despite knowing what I'd get as the end result. By the time of the birth I had ballooned and was back to my heaviest weight. I was so ashamed for putting back on the weight id worked so hard to lose.
    After Bert's arrival I vowed to do something once and for all about my weight, and decided that next time round I wouldn't be overweight to begin with.

    I'm now 10 months on from Bert's arrival and have shifted 4 stone 10lbs and counting. I have 1 stone 4 lbs left to go before I reach the weight I'm happy to stay at forever. The weight that I'll happily embark on a second baby at.

    I'm a firm believer that it's all relative and whether you are a size 20 as I was, or a size 6/8 like yourself, seeing your body change beyond your control will always be really hard.

    But, it's all for an amazing reason, and it's not forever.

    Best of luck with the new arrival,I look forward to the update lost when baby has arrived!




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