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Pregnant and…Fat

Yep I said it, I am Pregnant and…Fat

I know, I know, “i’m not fat, I’m pregnant” thanks but unfortunately it isn’t true! Yes I am growing a human being and of course I feel bigger and more uncomfortable because I am near the end. This is not my first rodeo. Unfortunately however I am just one of the many who also pile on the blubber when pregnant. Today’s Pregnant and… post is a little more feeling sorry for myself than the others (I can’t be helpful all the time!).

Although I don’t resent the reason why I have put on weight. Plus I am of course thankful that I am clearly growing a healthy baby, I do feel sad. The first time around I gained a lot of weight, which continued after my little guy was born and spiked until it sparked my Weight Loss Journey (clearly going to have to rename that as part 1!). The problem is, I put a lot of time and effort into my body. Toning the bits I didn’t like, sweating it out and working hard mentally as well as physically, tackling the mental truth behind weight and it is hard to see the fruits of that labour go to waste with the fruits of this one. I don’t just mean the abs, because obviously they have been “compromised” but I mean my arms, legs and even silly things like my fingers and feet (yep, I don’t just retain water there, I full on change shoe sizes with weight gain!)

The hardest part for me is not so much the pregnant and fat, it’s the post-birth fat me. I have worked hard to lose the weight once and I am scared it will creep back on again the second time around and I don’t want all my previous efforts to be for nothing! Plus I want to fit into my old clothes again, I can’t live in stretchy trousers forever!

I would like to think that just acknowledging my fears and appreciating that I have put on weight rather than coming up with excuses and living in denial (plus this blog post specifically holding me accountable – you see why I wrote it now!) will be the first step post-baby to appreciate the changes. This will help to avoid the spiral effect and not let me fall back into the unhealthy and miserable person that I was before and I can regain more of my old post-weight loss momentum.

I can’t be the only one concerned about the post-baby weight gain right? Let me know in the comments!

This post is part of my mini ongoing pregnant series “Pregnant and…” Check out the other posts by clicking on the picture:

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Being pregnant and fat, how I am dealing with weight gain after a weight loss journey and promises I am making to myself post-baby.

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox

24 Comments

  • Laura dove (#)
    June 28th, 2017

    I think a lot of women do worry about the effects of pregnancy on their bodies. I have never had that problem which is very fortunate as a mummy of five! It’s hard though for those who struggle.

  • kerry norris (#)
    June 28th, 2017

    Awww i hear you. I put on so much weight and fat with both my girls. I’m still trying to get rid of it now but its so hard x

  • I ate whatever I wanted during my pregnancies and while breastfeeding. I usually skip breakfast but forced myself to eat it everyday. I’m lucky that my weight has gone back to normal 3 times now, my tum is very wobbly but I don’t intend to show it off ever again so who cares!

  • Rebecca Brianne (#)
    June 28th, 2017

    I haven’t had babies yet so I can’t relate to this on a personal level but I must say the more I think about pregnancy and discuss it my body changing drastically is actually a fear for me! I work hard to keep weight off sans pregnancy that it actually scares me how much our bodies change (and that they even can and are meant for this!). I don’t think it would stop me from getting pregnant when I’m ready but it’s a concern I’ve thought about often.

  • Heather (#)
    June 27th, 2017

    I was never concerned about this during my pregnancy and in my opinion, you shouldn’t be either. I’m 35 and I will say that baby weight is much harder the second time around but with my first daughter, who is now 8, I didn’t do much and that weight fell right off!

  • Fashion and Style Police (#)
    June 27th, 2017

    I added a lot of weight whilst pregnant with my twins. It just fell off months after delivery. Congrats.

  • Louise (#)
    June 27th, 2017

    Aww, bless your heart. It’s so hard sometimes, isn’t it? Yes, you know you’re carrying a precious little bundle of joy. But the weight gain can really knock your confidence. I hope you go back to your pre-baby weight soon after giving birth and that bubs is healthy and happy 🙂

    Louise x

  • Kara (#)
    June 27th, 2017

    I had Gestational Diabetes with 3 of mine and weighed roughly the same at full term as I did when I became pregnant as I really had to watch my diet – it is all in the portion sizes 🙂

  • Glenda (#)
    June 27th, 2017

    I think prenatal women are so beautiful!! When I was pregnant with my 3 kids I was so swollen with fluids.

  • Debbie - Hello Deborah (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    I put on more weight post baby than I did while pregnant and that’s not something I expected at all. I’m sure you’ll be able to loose the weight again after this one.

  • Helen (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    I gave birth to our second daughter just less than 2 weeks ago and as my body starts to shrink back there’s no denying a lot has changed!

  • Ana De- Jesus (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    It must be hard but I have every faith that you can lose that you can lose the weight again. You ca do it! Good luck with baby as well x

  • Danielle (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    My opinion is that if you did it once, you can do it again. I have had two children and never had the determination or self control to get back to, or even close to, my pre-baby weight. I sit here a good 40ish pounds (at least that’s what it was the last time I weighed) above where I’d like to be. I think you have the will power to accomplish your end goal and you’ll do it. And I’m assuming that if the first go-around was an overall change in your health that you probably continued that into your pregnancy and that will definitely make a difference postpartum.

  • Melissa Chapman (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    Pregnancy is such an individual journey, I know people who look great 3 months after the birth and some take years to lose the weight. Unfortunately my loss was one of the slower ones. Be positive it will come off and it is all worth it.

  • Talya (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    I only have one child so I can’t comment personally but I know a lot of people who seem to have put on a lot more with their second baby…no idea why that is though!

  • Dean of Little Steps (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    Oh I didn’t know you’re pregnant! Just shows how long since I’ve visited your blog 🙂 Congratulations. And yes, I know how you feel. I felt like a hippo when I was pregnant with T 😉

  • Rachel neal (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    I was at Slimming world when I got pregnant with my youngest and I put on 4 stone when preggers, lost 2 and still can’t get the other 2 off 2 years later lol! I think it is harder when you have worked so hard to lose the weight and then you put it all back on. I only have myself to blame though as I eat anything I wanted when pregnant lol.

  • Sophie's Nursery (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    I put on a lot of weight with & after my first but I’m not sure how much longer I can keep blaming her as we are now 2 years later haha!! I am determined to make a start soon, you did amazingly well to lose the weight after your first so you will be able to do it again 🙂 x

  • Dogvills (#)
    June 26th, 2017

    I gave birth to two babies. They were 8 years apart. Losing the pounds after my second pregnancy was a real challenge. It’s been a roller coaster ride for me.

  • Terri Steffes (#)
    June 25th, 2017

    I can understand your concern. I really believe that you are in a right place, though, but owning your fears and being prepared to confront them!

  • Kerri (#)
    June 24th, 2017

    Getting rid of post baby weight can be a challenge. After having 3 children, I have been on many roller coaster journeys with my weight.

  • Theresa (#)
    June 24th, 2017

    Weight can be hard to manage when you’re pregnant, but it’s all for the greater good of growing a baby!

  • Nikki (#)
    June 24th, 2017

    First off, I love that you are appreciative of the fact that your body has supported you and this baby. That comes first. But I also understand where you are, I was there too. It was a terrible feeling when I had my daughter, C-Section, and I came home heavier than I was before I gave birth to her. That was a bit crushing! It took time, for me a LLLLLLLLLOOOOOONNNNGGGGG time, but I lost the weight. You love physical activity and I have no doubt that you will be back to where you want to be. Cheering you on from here!

    I can’t wait to see the baby, wishing you a quick, easy and safe birth.

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