I came across this wonderful post from Brittany Gibbons called, “Why I’m Revealing My Weight on The Internet.” I found Brittany so inspiring that I decided to reveal my weight & my pregnancy weight woes as well.
To be honest, I’ve been struggling to accept my new pregnancy figure. I’m more accepting of it now but the first 15 pounds were hard to swallow. Pun somewhat intended 🙂 I’ve been keeping a pregnancy journal since the beginning and have been weighing myself every week. It was alarming when the scale would show a 3 POUND increase in just a week.
I was worried about my weight gain because when I compared myself to the other women in the pregnancy forums, the bulk of them had either lost weight or had gained a measly 5-6 pounds in comparison to my 15 pounds. I finally asked my doctor at my last check-up if my weight gain was normal. She reassured me that I was doing fine and that the baby was growing well. She was happy with my current progress and told me to keep on doing what I was doing. Ever since then, I’ve been more accepting of my changing body and just happy that my belly is a-growin’.
Every woman’s body and needs are different for a growing baby. My body obviously knew that I didn’t have enough fat stores in the first place since I had exercised & dieted too severely for my recent wedding in October. It’s just re-compensating for the stressful past year and giving a great temporary home to my son. I am amazed and thankful to my body.
Pre-pregnancy weight @ 5’6: 129
Current weight @ 21 weeks: 148
Almost 20 pounds. I have about 19 more weeks to go. Holy cow, batman. 😉
Most sources will tell you that the recommended weight gain should be 25-30 pounds. You know something, Internet/judgmental friends, family and peers? I call you out on that 30 and raise you at least another 10.
BRING IT ON, BABY! ❤