15 weeks pregnantSince finding out that I was pregnant, I have had a lot of thoughts on pregnancy weight gain. Mostly random ramblings but I thought that they would be interesting to share with you.
First of all, everyone thinks it is more than okay to comment on your changing body. This was a huge eye opener to me as I am not used to this at all. This has mostly been happening at work. On one particular day, I counted 11 times where co-workers mentioned my weight. They are not nice comments either. I would not mind hearing "the baby is starting to grow", "your bump is showing more", etc.
What I do mind is co-workers telling me that I am getting "thick", "my butt has grown so much", "I am going to get huge", "the baby is going to be huge", etc. I'm sure that they mean well but hearing it so many times a day about my weight can be a bit shocking and honestly made me feel bad. And this is all by 16 weeks pregnant. I can't imagine what people are going to say once I am actually bigger.
The next topic that I wanted to mention about pregnancy weight gain is body confidence. I have always loved pregnant bellies. I think that they are beautiful and could not help but to glance at someone who I see that is pregnant. I was not sure how I would feel once I found out I was pregnant and my shape started to change though.
At about 10-12 weeks, I did have some confidence issues. People at work were telling me that I was getting too big, too soon and it made me feel bad. I felt like I was showing too much at that point. One Sunday, I talked to my husband about the way I was feeling. He was a great person to talk to and told me that he does not care how much weight I gain and that even if I gain 10 lbs more than the recommended amount, he thought it would be fine.
6 Weeks vs. 15 Weeks
After thinking about the things that we had talked about for a couple of days, I decided to fully embrace being pregnant and any weight gain that goes along with it. I am eating fairly healthy. Yes, I am eating more than usual but that is what I am supposed to do. I feel that my body will gain the right amount of weight that it needs to support my growing baby. The recommended amount of weight gain is 25-35 lbs. I expect to gain the upper end of that considering that I started out at a fairly low weight.
I honestly feel very confident about my body now. I do not feel worried about weight gain. I exercise often, I get in my nutrients and the rest is up to my body. I do not want to spend my pregnancy looking in the mirror feeling badly. I have read blogs that the women hate being pregnant and hate gaining weight. I decided that I do not want to be one of those people. In fact, I really want to enjoy my pregnancy (and I am!!). After those couple of weeks of having times of feeling bad, I feel great. In the past, I have dealt with some body confidence issues when I was 15 and to feel okay about gaining weight is a great feeling.
At 16 weeks, I am up 6-10 lbs depending on the day. I feel like this is a good amount. I am happy with the way that my body is changing. I cannot wait to feel our baby move and to have a big 'ol pregnant belly. For those of you who are pregnant, I hope that you can feel confident in your bodies. Growing a baby is a miraculous thing and something that I am so thankful to be able to do.
Those are my thoughts on pregnancy weight gain for now.
I'd love to hear, what are your thoughts on pregnancy weight gain?