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,