|Cooking a baby in my rather large tummy|
#1 it will take people a while to notice
There is no escaping the fact that if you are on the more rubenesque side you can often look slightly preggers anyway. This can mean that in the early stages of pregnancy whilst your slinkier pregnant friends will be sporting neat little bumps you will just look like you have gone up a dress size after largeing it a bit with the ice cream kitkats.Relax your bump moment will come.
#2 peoples attitudes to your shape may change
|Yes its part baby, part fat and its all wonderful|
For the first time in your life rather than being judged harshly for bring a fatty bum bum you will on the whole be embraced in societies cuddle of normality. When you get stuck between chairs in restaurants, or can't tie your shoe laces people will smile and rush to help you rather than muttering about the cost of obesity on the NHS. This is a really strange sensation, just enjoy being able to answer in the affirmative when you get asked if you are pregnant. This time you are, rather than just a chunk.
#3 Grow an extra skin when going for checkups
|Fat and Pregnant-what a fecking liberty|
Which brings us neatly to how you will be treated by the NHS as a fat pregnant lady.
Expect to be lectured at (a lot) about what a walking time bomb you are being a BMI over achiever and a breeder. You will find certain healthcare professionals who are often not exactly waifs themselves will take a certain pleasure in pointing out you are fat. I always enjoyed pretending to be surprised and turning to my husband in mock anger and shouting "why didn't you tell me"
Not all are like this, some are really cool (one of my best mates is a midwife and is ridiculously awesome) so you may get lucky.If not just bask in the knowledge that you are merely fat while they are a twat with a shocking bedside manner.
#4 you will have to be weighed- a lot
If you are someone who had struggled with a lot of issues regarding weight you may find this really stressful. Just remind yourself this is not about being on a diet or having to wear the pig mask (again) at fat fighters, it's to ensure you are gaining the right amount of weight every month with no huge spikes in either direction and every mum to be regardless of weight has to do it.
Your weigh ins will always be in private and once you have pushed that bundle of joy out of your ladybits you will never have to set foot on a pair of scales again unless you want to (or become a professional boxer)
#5 Chances are you will be absolutely fine despite being fat and up the duff.
|Fat, fabulous and a mama|
When you read around being pregnant and overweight it can make such depressing reading and yet fat chicks have babies with no trouble at all every day.
Chances are you will "astound" the medical profession by having a totally problem free pregnancy- I know I did, especially if you have no underlying conditions to begin with.
If you eat sensibly have a few walks and swims every week and take your vitamins there is no reason why you won't sail through the nine months like a serene medicine ball.
If you do encounter problems it might be because you are fat (it might not) but keep in mind that thin chicks also suffer from problems during pregnancy too.Some women get an easy ride of it, some don't and size isn't necessarily an indicator.
If you are planning on getting pregnant don't be daft, start a bit of gentle exercise and eat lots of yummy foods packed with vegetables and goodness and if you have never done any exercise before now is the time.
I started aqua areobics once I saw I had two thin blue lines on the clearblue test which was great as I was quite unfit and as my bump got bigger being in water was one of the few places I acutally felt comfortable.
You will need lots of energy for night feeds and general baby care duties so ensuring you are fit will give you lots of stamina for both the birth and the first few months after.
|Your baby will think your body is awesome-and it is, look what it can make!|
Remember at the end of this time you will have a beautiful baby who sees your fat squashy figure as a source of food, comfort and love and you will look at your body as an almost magical thing which has produced a new life. Pretty cool eh!
And if you liked this why not check out my previous "5 Fat Myths" Vlog.
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