“I carried a child within my body. Slept with them on my chest. I’ve kissed little toes and wiped away tears.
I’ve been vomited on, wee’d on and spent sleepless nights cradling my child. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My body isn’t magazine perfect, but when I look in the mirror I see a mum….and there isn’t a greater honour, love or blessing.”
NHS Midwife Tracey, explains where your pregnancy weight comes from, she said;
“Gaining weight in pregnancy is natural. On average EACH boob puts on 1 kilo, which is the equivalent of a small bag of flour per boob.
Your placenta grows on average as big as your hand and will weigh roughly 70 grams, which is the weight of a box of cereal.
By the end of your pregnancy your uterus will probably weigh I kilo alone (bag of flour) and then put inside 1 litre of fluid, you will be carrying the equivalent of two bags of carrots.
Then thinking about the additional blood whizzing around your body, this can weigh as much as a couple of bags of sugar.
In the third trimester women generally put on 3 kilos of fat, which is the equivalent of a large chicken.”
All this weight gain happens for a reason – to feed your baby”. It is important that you don’t diet to lose weight when you are pregnant, but you should eat a healthy, balanced diet.
So the next time you are in the supermarket buying your weekly shop, put in a basket; 3x bags of flour, 1x box of cereal, 2x bags of carrots, 2x bags of sugar and 1x large chicken – heavy right?
Now put all this shopping in a flimsy carrier bag and see how far you get without one of the handles breaking.
All this food is the equivalent of you carrying your baby full term and the carrier bag is the equivalent of your delicate skin.
We wouldn’t expect such a delicate bag to carry such a lot of weight, so maybe we should stop being so hard on our skin if we develop stretch marks?
Whatever marks are left behind after carrying your baby love your skin and body, it has done an incredible job of keeping your baby safe. Love yourself. xxx