Not every woman enjoys the sight of an increasing waist line, however, when it comes to pregnancy one must learn to embrace it. I’ll be the first to admit that I hate the sight of that scale increasing in weight, but I remind myself that “I’m not fat, I’m growing a baby!” This little chant or “pick me up” really helps when I’m feeling a little down about my nonexistent ab muscles and the increasing number on the scale!
I recently looked at pictures from my 4th, 5th, and 6th, month of pregnancy and noticed a big difference from month 4 to month 6. It’s kind of a love/dislike (can’t say hate because we’re talking about my baby here!) relationship whenever I look at these pictures because I LOVE the thought of my baby growing inside of my and knowing that I’m keeping him alive, however, I’m not loving the newer and more full version of my waistline. I had a feeling that I wasn’t the only one feeling this way, so I spoke to several women about this topic and I found that everyone has a different experience and different opinion about weight gain and pregnancy. Some women wholeheartedly enjoyed the thought, look, and every little detail about pregnancy, while other women have a totally different experience. I’m glad to know that I have company when it comes to feeling a little insecure about my body changing. In order to try to maintain my sanity I have tried to stay true to these 5 tips on gaining weight while pregnant.
Tip # 1. You have a super power, didn’t you know that!? Well no, you’re not a superhero per say, but you do have “superhero like” powers because you’re making a LIFE! Yes, you have the power to add another human being to this world! I think that’s a pretty darn powerful thing, don’t you?!
Tip # 2. Walk. I like to take the love of my life, my dog, for a walk after dinner to help get his energy out and to feel a little better about myself after the increased portion of food I just inhaled!
Tip # 3. Drink up. I am trying to drink at least 96 ounces of water each day. Believe it or not, this helps suppress those cravings that you may be having. Water is a great way to feel full and avoid snacking while watching T.V., Instagraming, or Facebooking. Increasing the amount of water consumed per day is definitely going to help those pounds increase at a slower rate. I get a little bonus from this tip because whenever I drink my little guy goes crazy, and my husband and I get to feel him moving around.
Tip # 4. Repeat the chant. It’s very simple ladies! Repeat after me, “I’m not fat, I’m growing a baby!”
Tip # 5. Bottom line. Your baby loves you now and will love you no matter what that pesky scale says.