I had a routine trip to the midwife a few days ago, and she revealed they have been told they now have to weigh pregnant ladies regularly, so I stepped on the scales, quite happily. Everyone has been really shocked by how pregnant I am, and I’ve been told that my bump is ‘neat’ and ‘tidy’. However, the midwife told me that as I’ve put on 12kg, I need to be very careful with my weight. It made me wonder what it’s like for the larger pregnant lady, or those that put on weight without it being obviously a baby.
I also read an article, about how the weight gain is made up, it was really interesting to see that the fluid alone is a couple of lb’s in weight, and I completely forgot about the extra weight from my boobs producing milk for baby. I know I haven’t put on too much fat, my waist is about the same size as it has been for a long time, and the only area of me that has got bigger is my belly, where the baby is. Possibly also a bit on my thighs, mainly because I can’t do so much, having had sciatica since week 8 or something ridiculous.
I bought a Davina workout DVD quite a while ago, and only used it once, because shortly after all the problems with my heart started. Hopefully once I’m on maternity leave I’ll have a bit of time to get back into it. The boyf also bought me a birthing ball/exercise ball, so it would be good to get some use out of that! I’m hoping it will help my back. I have been told not to overdo it too much, because too much activity could trigger my heart to go into short-circuit and start having palpitations. The workout DVD also has a post-birth section, so I’m looking forward to being able to do that, I’m looking forward to being able to do a lot of things though!!
So 17kg is the maximum weight gain recommended, which means I have 5kg left, and 7 weeks left until I’m due – 6 weeks of which I will be on maternity leave, so not at work 5 days a week. So we will see in a few weeks how much weight I have put on when I go back to the midwife, as I’m assuming she will be weighing me again!
I plan on breast feeding, and that is supposed to help the weight come off after the birth. So hopefully it won’t be too much of an issue. I’m not TOO worried, but naturally, I am slightly, I’m a pregnant woman who’s been told to watch her weight. The last time someone criticised my weight I ended up so skinny I went dizzy when I stood up and still thought I was fat! But then I had other issues back then, and I think I can handle it (hopefully) now, and know to be careful. The problem is, I’ve always been blessed with a speedy metabolism, and so I’ve basically always eaten whatever I’ve felt like eating and never been over weight. I’ve been slightly plumper than I feel comfortable being, but it only takes a bit of doing housework and eating less take-aways (and drinking less alcohol) that usually brings it off.
We shall see – there’s no point worrying about losing weight now, I’m sure if I’m hungry, it means my baby needs food, so if I’m hungry, I will eat!