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Dear Pregnant Mama, Stop Tracking Your Weight

I was five pounds overweight when I began my pregnancy. Maybe it was ten. Essentially, the stress of 2020 led in a lot of bread baking and dessert cooking, resulting in a few more carb pounds. It’s just a part of life.

This was supposed to be my healthiest pregnancy. For the first time in my life, I was exercising regularly, and with that came more attentive eating. There will be no alcohol, plenty of veggies, and occasional well-portioned sweets. My point is that, while I weighed myself on a weekly basis, I was more concerned with my good habits, how I felt, and how my clothes fit.

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Then I had a positive pregnancy test

My first prenatal appointment was at seven weeks. I completed the necessary paperwork, introduced myself to my midwife, and stepped on the scale as she instructed.

I grimaced when I realised I had gained a few pounds. Pounds in excess of my 2020 additions I’m always nauseated during my first trimester, and it lasts virtually the entire day. Having a snack on hand is one of the most beneficial things you can do. To feel healthy enough to keep up with everyday duties, I snack all day. Constant snacking equals tolerable nausea — and weight gain in the first trimester.

It’s difficult to see the scale rise in number after being so committed to healthy food and frequent exercise, despite knowing that my body is growing a baby and should be becoming bigger. I’d gotten into a good routine, and suddenly this cute little baby was throwing me off.

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It started to torment me

Knowing that if my previous pregnancies happened again, I’d gain 40 to 60 pounds. And I despised it. My body was doing precisely what it was supposed to be doing. It shouldn’t matter what number is on the scale. At least not to this extent.

So I asked my midwife if I could quit keeping track of my weight. Instead of focusing on a number, I said that I wanted to focus on nutrition, exercise, and loving my body as it grew my kid. She agreed that it was well worth it for my mental health.

And now I have no idea how much I’ve gained or how much I weigh.

My pregnancy clothing are comfortable. I adore my baby bump. I’m looking forward to feeling my baby move. I notice the magnificent changes in my body as it adjusts to this amazing child on a daily basis. All of these things were previously hampered by a number of factors.

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And now, they’re not

I can enjoy being pregnant without worrying that things would be better if I gained weight more slowly or exercised more.

Of course, if my weight was ever an issue, I assured my midwife that I would gladly go on the scale for a check-in, but it’s no longer part of my regular schedule. I’m overjoyed that she heard and accepted my request. This small change has made a huge difference in my pregnancy and overall health. So much so that I’m not going to keep track of my weight after the baby is born. Those stats don’t matter as long as my baby and I are healthy and happy.

FAQ

  1. Should I track my weight during pregnancy?

    Women who acquire the proper number of pounds during pregnancy, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), reduce health risks to themselves and their baby. Having said that, many expecting mothers will find it beneficial to track their weight on their smartphone.

  2. When do you stop putting on weight in pregnancy?

    Pregnancy weight gain varies tremendously. The majority of pregnant women gain between 10kg and 12.5kg (22lb to 26lb), with the majority of the weight gained after week 20. The majority of the extra weight is due to your baby’s growth, but your body will also be storing fat in preparation for producing breast milk when your baby is born.

  3. How can I keep track of my weight during pregnancy?

    How to Avoid Putting on Too Much Weight While Pregnant
    – If at all feasible, begin your pregnancy at a healthy weight.
    – Consume well-balanced meals and replenish frequently.
    – Take a sip (water, that is)
    – Make your cravings useful.
    – Choose complex carbohydrates.
    – Begin with a simple walking regimen.
    – Don’t stop if you’re already moving.
    – Make weight a topic of conversation on a regular basis.

  4. What month of pregnancy do you gain weight?

    In general, you should gain 2 to 4 pounds during your first three months of pregnancy and 1 pound every week for the duration of your pregnancy.

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