How to Prevent Obsessing About Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Pregnant woman on scale

When you first found out that you were pregnant, chances are you were super-excited. Indeed, no matter how often we hear about someone having a child or even watch someone experiencing the joy of labor and delivery on television programs like A Baby Story, conception is always a miracle.

Yet, as time is going by and your baby is getting bigger, sometimes what’s not talked about is how much your own body is going through changes of its own, especially when it comes to weight gain. And while you’d probably like to say that whenever someone says “Stop saying you’re ‘fat’, you’re simply pregnant” that it brings relief to your mind and spirit, sometimes it simply doesn’t. Sometimes you have to admit that you do obsess over the amount of weight that you’re putting on as you get closer to your due date.

That’s why we’re here. To provide you with some helpful tips to keep your mind from being so preoccupied with your weight that you miss out on just how beautiful you really are during the time of your pregnancy—extra pounds and all.

Talk to your doctor.

A good doctor is not just going to talk to you about your physical needs during your pregnancy but they will also make the time to listen to how it is affecting you psychologically. So, if you have any concerns about your weight, be sure to discuss it with them. And if they say that you are progressing nicely, take them at their word.

Exercise.

All expectant women can benefit from exercising. Therefore, whether it’s walking, yoga or even signing up for some water aerobics classes, definitely put working out on your daily list of things to do. Not only will it be beneficial for your body image, but it also is a wonderful stress reliever.

Put away your full-length mirrors.

Although consciously you know that you are going to get bigger, that doesn’t always mean that every day you’re going to be at peace with that and standing in a full-length mirror all of the time is probably not going to make you feel any better about it. So, at least until the baby arrives, put those out in the garage. So long as you can see your face as you do your hair and make-up, you’re fine.

Dress yourself up.

When we don’t feel good about our appearance, we have a tendency to stop investing in it and that only makes us feel worse about ourselves. Getting up each day only to throw on some sweats and pull your hair back into a ponytail is not going to boost your self-confidence. This is the time to purchase a couple of really cute maternity jeans, dresses and flats. Also, make sure to wear some nice accessories. The more you dress up, the more you will see yourself as “stylishly pregnant” rather than “helplessly overweight”.

Yes, remember that you are indeed pregnant.

There are some people who need to be admitted into an eating disorder treatment program because when they look into a mirror, all they see is “fat” even when they’re not. However, even on the days when you feel swollen and you’ve noticed that you’ve gained a couple of pounds, remember to remind yourself that you are growing another human being inside of you and your body is making the necessary accommodations to do that. You are not a fat woman. You are simply someone who has a miracle growing inside of you and in a few short months, you will be able to get back to your old self again. Yes, this too shall pass.

Weight Gain During Pregnancy