Reading Heat and Hands by Elizabeth Davis last night, I was reminded of how hard it was to continually accept my pregnant body as beautiful, as I gained more and more throughout my pregnancy. I went up 50-60 pounds (I no longer wanted my midwife to weigh me at the very end after I hit 50 lbs!)
Davis explains all the causes of weight gain in pregnancy and they are comforting!
Causes of Weight Gain in Pregnancy:
-Water retention due to hormones
-Increased fatty insulation over the belly and backside
-Increased weight in breasts (One reason i want to get pregnant : )
-Increased blood volume
-Weight gain of enlarged uterus: including the amniotic fluid, placenta and baby
Women lose an average of 15 pounds within the first few days of birth and the remaining weight used for sustenance during the first few months postpartum. Making breastmilk, getting up several times in the night to nurse, and dealing with the stress of caring for a newborn defiantly burn up the fat reserves.
End Heart and Hands.
Now i will tell you that all this is comforting but my pregnancy weight didnt leave until my son was 2!
**I bet you thought your face was blowing up just to keep your admirers away!