You may think that the worst part of OBGYN appointments while pregnant is having all sorts of nurses and doctors fish around your crotch and poking at your cervix constantly.. but since i’ve been through pregnancy and vaginal childbirth before- sadly I have gotten used to weird people peering at my insides, so of course- there are other things to focus on and stress out about.
For me, this time around, it’s stepping on the scale. I absolutely dread it. I wish I could wear weightless clothes and never gain weight and never have a fear of how much I may have gained from one appointment to the next- but that never happens. Gaining weight, ESPECIALLY for smaller women, is a normal part of pregnancy.
Normal, but never pleasant.
With Holden’s pregnancy, I gained around 40lbs.. and caught a lot of flack for it. Being asked what I was eating, why I gained so much in one month (my record was 10lbs in a month).. it was enough to make ANY pregnant woman worry about weight, even when they shouldn’t be.
See, when it comes to pregnancy weight gain- bigger women have it easier. They either gain NOTHING, lose weight, or only gain a little that comes right off after giving birth because it’s mostly blood, baby & fluid.
I don’t know why it is that small women get the freaking shaft, but basically every small girl I know has gained 40+. The smaller you are, the MORE you gain. Where does it all go? I have no idea. Everyone’s telling you “Oh you’re all belly!”, but no way can JUST your belly have gained 40 pounds or you’d be toppling over forwards.
I’d been doing really well this pregnancy with only gaining 2 or 3 pounds here and there, and I was pretty pleased with that compared to the massive weight gain my last pregnancy until today. I had a feeling this appointment wouldn’t go well when it came to weigh-in time because my stomach has gone from basically non-existant to full on pregnant since my last appointment, but I didn’t expect to gain somewhere around EIGHT pounds in the past month.
How?? Where did it go?? Where am I hiding it?
With what i’m eating, and my exercise- if I weren’t pregnant i’d probably be losing weight.
My blood pressure is absolutely stellar (110/60, lower than it’s ever been but I was praised for it today since I have a history of skyrocketing BP while pregnant) so I know it isn’t water retention from having hypertension. At least this time around, my doctor didn’t even mention anything about my weight to me.. she did, however, mention that my baby is HUGE. That freaks me out. Not 8lbs huge though. I’d be full term at 21 weeks if that were the case. EW!
The whole thing is baffling and stressful to me. The ONE thing I wanted to avoid was gaining so much weight and it taking so long and so much work to come off after giving birth- especially since i’ll probably have LESS time taking care of 2 kids to exercise than I did after Holden (although he screamed constantly).
Although I know that the weight gain is inevitable, especially with all the facts right in front of me (and with all the more important things to concern myself with), it’s a hard thing to swallow watching that scale jump up so much in such a short time.
I feel gross, and all I want is a Snickers! Damnit!
I am weak pic.twitter.com/LYdRQ6EZcC
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