Specifically in the area of weight obsession.
In the past two weeks, I’ve started reading some materials about pregnancy (What To Expect When You’re Expecting, a book my Dr’s office gave me, & on the web) & I cannot tell you how many times I’ve read text warning women not to gain too much weight, or talking about the acceptable amount of weight to gain, not to eat too much because you don’t really need extra calories until the second trimester, etc, etc.
Is that really what a pregnant mother’s focus should be???? Weight gain???? Let me tell you something, as someone who has undergone grueling infertility treatments that were failure after failure, I don’t give two fucks how much weight I gain.
That is certainly not my main concern given all we’ve went through to get here.
Maybe that’s one gift infertility gave me. As someone who struggled with eating disorders for over 10 years, you’d think I’d be very concerned about this whole weight thing & the funny thing is I’m not. At all.
I don’t understand why the text we are given to read about pregnancy tend to focus soooo much on this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it already in What To Expect When You’re Expecting. The other book my Dr’s office gave me is much of the same. In talking about your first appointment, both said something to the effect of your Dr. will talk to you about appropriate weight gain. Well, mine did not & I couldn’t be more thankful.
As someone who struggled with ED’s, I can so see how triggering that would be for someone with an eating disorder (past, or present). In fact, some treatment centers now have programs SPECIFICALLY for pregnant women with eating disorders…..& society wonders why…..
Note: I understand pregnant women shouldn’t down a gallon of ice cream daily, or weekly for that matter lol HOWEVER, I also don’t feel that weight gain needs to be stressed so heavily. If you are at a normal weight pre-pregnancy, you’re probably going to be just fine.
This post was more, or less a rant but I do plan on discussing them more in depth with my nutritionist &, hopefully, two other girls I know who had ED’s in the past & then became pregnant later. Stay tuned!
What are your thoughts on the heavy emphasis of not too much weight gain/acceptable amounts in pregnancy literature??