Friday, July 13, 2012

Only 20 Pounds

"You should only gain 20 pounds with a pregnancy" the not so wise advice my Obstetirician gave me. Initially I freaked out when I heard this because I was convinced that I had gained 10 pounds already in the first trimester. Thankfully I have good friends and family who were able to reassure me that it's okay to gain more than 20 pounds. Today I met up with my dietician for our monthly check in. She specializes in Eating Disorders and is the one I trust most when it comes to food and body weight. One of the things I enjoy about this check in is being weighed and plotted on a pregnancy map. It was today I found out I actually lost a kilogram. Not good but it was reassuring that I haven't gained 10 pounds like I originally thought. And she also was able to ease my mind more about the 20 pounds comment. The range for someone at my body weight about 25-35 pounds is normal to gain with pregnancy. But. If I follow my meal plan and stay healthy, my body will gained what is needed. Whether that's more or less than the healthy range recommended by my dietician. So to all the people who throw out a magic number of what a woman should gain with her pregnancy. My response will be that I respectfully disagree followed by a "shut up".


Shybiker said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

People shouldn't talk to you about this. Just because some people ignore social boundaries and intrude on our privacy doesn't mean we have to meet them there.

Pregnancy, for some reason, seems to embolden many strangers to tell us their opinions. Even though studies have shown drinking a single glass of wine is perfectly okay (and common in Europe), strangers seeing a pregnant woman here enjoying a drink will go up to her and act like they are making a Citizen's Arrest. Same with touching bellies and making comments about weight.

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Congrats Ashelle! xo

Jenarcissist @ the closet narcissist said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've been thinking of you for the longest and wondering how you are! Keep meaning to write you. Sorry. You understand, though. :)

Ally's right; pregnancy invites all sorts of rude comments and belly-touching and advice. I would never have been able to drink while pregnant, though, I have to say. ;) I gained a perfectly healthy 40 lbs when I was pregnant and have lost it by now, even if it did take almost the year, and that's okay. You're absolutely spot-on that your body will gain what it needs to gain. Pregnancy weight is NOT the same as fat. I'm glad you talked to someone more professional about this and debunked the 20 lbs myth.

I, too, started gaining very early on. Just days after finding out, I couldn't fit in my jeans, and no pants felt comfortable unless they had a very stretchy elastic waist. When I really got a belly, I can honestly say I've never felt better about my body. Then, the last two weeks, I felt horrid, with swollen feet and aching everything. lol But looking into her face, every moment was beautiful, worthwhile, and necessary to get her here into my arms. And I'd do it again in a heartbeat for her.

I have a few posts on my blog about my pregnancy - you might be interested in re-reading these:



P.S. I want preg pics of you!! I want to see how adorable you look, even if you don't feel so adorable all the time. ;)

Emmett Katherine said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, 20 pounds doesn't seem like enough. I've always heard 25-35 was a healthy range. I think you have the right attitude, it's not really anybody's business except yours & and your health care providers.

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