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The great weight debate

Written by: Lesley Graham August 08 2012 I know I mentioned last week that I gained a ton of weight during my first pregnancy. Combine the misery that comes with that extra load + how long it took me to lose it and you have one scared pregnant lady. I’ve really tried not to be...

Written by: Lesley Graham

I know I mentioned last week that I gained a ton of weight during my first pregnancy. Combine the misery that comes with that extra load + how long it took me to lose it and you have one scared pregnant lady. I’ve really tried not to be too obsessive about my body. I think as a woman we all want to be told, “You can’t even tell you’re pregnant from behind” and “It just looks like you have a tiny basketball in your belly.” I didn’t hear either one of those things the first go around and it made me feel insecure.

I think there is way too much pressure to look glamorous and pulled together while your body is CREATING A LIFE. Jessica Simpson is a little bit of a rebel and I love her for it. She took the whole “celebrity pregnancy” image and told everybody to kiss it. Is she struggling now to get back her pre-baby body? Probably, but I have no doubt that she’ll be back at babe status before we can say “buttered Poptarts” (her famously quoted favorite pregnancy food).

So, I guess I’m trying to find my balance of enjoying my pregnancy but also staying fit and healthy (you can read more here). I have been doing a few things to keep my weight in check:

1. I wrote down 40 weeks with my goal weight at the end. I went back and tallied up where my weight should be each week to keep me on track. I weigh myself once a week and write it next to the goal number. It may sound silly but it’s really helpful and for the record I’m five pounds over!
2. I try to walk a mile a day. I don’t always do this but I know it helps me with my stress levels and keeps me in check when I indulge in that extra scoop of ice cream. I also love prenatal yoga. It makes me feel amazing.
3. My journal helps me deal with my emotions that can sometimes send me on an eating binge. I find that if I write down how I’m feeling it’s a pretty cathartic release.

I also want to be the first to say that I used to really criticize women who complained about their bodies post-pregnancy (“Why can’t they just enjoy that adorable newborn?”) and those who worried about gaining weight (“That is just so vain.”) . It wasn’t until I went through the experience myself that I got it. I also want to say that I think pregnant women are gorgeous no matter what, I just tend to be hard on myself (working on it!) and as far as food goes I really want to make sure I’m getting the nutrition that my baby needs. Contrary to common belief, I’m pretty sure the baby does not need that second cupcake.

So I wanna know… are you an eat-what-you-want-and-worry-about-it-later pregnant gal or do you make a conscious effort to stay fit and healthy?