I have a confession to make. Despite being pregnant with an actual human baby part of the weight I’ve put on in the last 19 weeks is most definitely food, not just the baby.
Many times I have been told not to worry about putting on while I’m pregnant. This is not as easy as it seems. Do you know anyone on this planet who can stop worrying about something just because they got told not to worry? I don’t. I’m well aware I’m going to put on weight owing to the fact I’m growing a tiny human inside of me, but I’m going to be honest with you all and tell you I have struggled with the thought of putting on weight. The mindset of staying lean is hard to break. Part of my struggle to deal with putting on weight comes down to the fact I am well aware I have put on more weight than is normal/recommended by 19 weeks. One reason I have put on excess weight is I am so damn hungry! Like alllll the time! Plus to be perfectly honest I know I’ve been taking advantage of being pregnant by eating foods I wouldn’t normally eat. Eating for two when you’re pregnant is NOT a thing, no matter how much it feels like you could eat a whole bakery of pies.
I have had some people comment on how “healthy” I am looking at the moment and even until a couple of weeks ago how I’m not even showing yet. For the record, I was showing but I was hiding it as I was struggling to accept it. Despite this and despite knowing I was going to put on weight it was not an easy fact to accept that the weight I was putting on was a good thing. As a Personal Trainer it some times feels as if you’re expected to be different to everyone else. You are expected to not put on excess weight, expected to stay super lean (even while pregnant) and expected to bounce back to your pre-pregnancy body straight after giving birth. The pressure of this was something I very much struggled to deal with in the first 16 weeks, but have managed to overcome with the support of my amazing friends/family/partner and by reminding myself of one important fact: I am only human. We are all human and every one responds differently to pregnancy so there is no point worrying about healthy weight gain.
I’m sure I’m not the only first time mother, even second, third or fourth time mother who is struggling to come to terms with the changes that occur in your body during pregnancy. There is so much going on emotionally, physically and mentally it can be a lot to take in. At the almost halfway point I have learnt some very import life lessons which apply to everyone, all the time not just pregnant women.
Lesson One: Listen to your body. This doesn’t mean give in to every craving and want, but do make sure you’re giving your body what it needs to run effectively.
Lesson Two: There are some things more important in life than achieving your dream body. Right now growing a healthy baby is the most important thing to me. Even if that means growing a slight food baby too.
Lesson Three: Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone’s body is different and responds to various situations in different ways. Yes there are guidelines for most situations, these are however just that: guidelines.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!