Parenting

Plus Size Pregnancy Myths & Misconceptions

It’s been a while since I’ve written an article that doesn’t focus on infant feeding. I’m pleased to say that I’ve been published in She Might Be Magazine. Intro below… read the full article at: http://shemightbe.co.uk/plus-size-pregnancy-myth/

“A few years ago I was in the awkward scenario of being congratulated on my pregnancy when my rounded stomach was actually just the result of a very large sandwich. I was miles off from starting a family and I was clearly standing at the wrong angle. From that embarrassing insight into the comedy sketch that is my life, you can correctly assume that I am a plus-size woman who carries weight around her midriff. So when the magical moment of conception arrived, I was categorised as an overweight mother-to-be and had the joyful conversation with the midwife regarding the risks associated with carrying more weight than some of her other patients.

In no uncertain terms, I was hit with terrifying statistics that I would be more likely to miscarry my child. I would be more susceptible to pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, blood clots and I could potentially experience a complicated birth. Wow – they are ridiculously scary things to tell a woman who is about to embark on what is meant to be one of the most magical journeys in a woman’s life. Surely anxiety produced as a result of these horrific findings isn’t great for mother and baby either? Has it occurred to healthcare providers that maybe taking a different approach may not create panic and shame for overweight and obese mums-to-be? How about we try to discuss these increased risks rationally and maybe throw in a few expert opinions and quotes too? Let me take the lead…”

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