|Taken 11/23/2014 at 27 weeks|
Pregnancy weight. It happens!
Like many young females, I spent a good amount of years overly concerned about my weight and frame. It was mild concern, and then straight-up obsessive... and then less and less of a priority in my life. For anyone who has ever had an eating disorder, I'm not sure that weight ever truly becomes a non-issue. It hasn't for me, at least. My life is rich and full of happiness and good people, but every once in awhile there's still a wee, nagging voice that tugs at me.
I'm lucky to have people in my life who helped yester-Lindsay back to a better life. Five and a half years ago, one of those people asked me how things were going. "Things" was the general term for "those things that shall not be named," including, as I called them, food issues. I told her that things were really good and manageable and that I had accepted that my "normal" would just always be different than hers. She asked,
"What do you think will happen when you are pregnant one day? Will gaining weight make you unhappy?"
It was a valid question, but I knew right then and there that I would a) be strong and smart enough to stay healthy, b) be too overjoyed to worry about weight in an unhealthy way, and c) protect my child with everything I had. I may have been more hopeful than certain with those words back then, but I can now tell you that I was completely right. Pregnancy weight hasn't made me unhappy! (Thus, reminding me how healthy I am today!) Sure, I hassle my sister via text message (Why am I so big already? At 24 weeks, I look like you did at 30 weeks. WHAT THE HECK? This is the most I've ever weighed in my life. Blah, blah, blah...), but I'm happy. She reminds me that I'm growing a human being -- and a healthy one, at that!
Not to mention, women wear pregnancy differently. Some women are short. Some women are tall. Some women are large. Some women are small. Some women gain weight all over while some women look like they're hiding a basketball under their shirts. It just it what it is. There's no controlling it. Just make healthy choices and take great care in housing a precious baby.
To all the other mommies-to-be with expanding waist lines: You're doing a great job! Keep that baby safe and healthy. The rest will take care of itself. As other parents often tell us, "it's not about you anymore." Oh, so true!