If you want to know and understand more about the usual problems of plus-size moms, please read this informative article.
The general problem among plus size moms is comfort. Whether it’s a baby carrier or nursing bras, there’s bound to be some challenge along the way.
You might have to deal with more difficulties from pregnancy to post-partum. Nevertheless, most (but not all) of these problems already have consequent solutions.
- There’s a higher possibility of pregnancy complications. Some examples include gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and hypertension.
It’s relatively common, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to at least minimize the risk. One thing you can do is find a medical professional whom you feel comfortable sharing your situation.
Aside from the moral support, they can also guide you as to the lifestyle modifications you can do to avoid excessive weight gain. It’s important to find someone you wouldn’t mind telling about your deepest emotional struggle.
Also, make sure they’re highly knowledgeable and well-experienced about your case or anything similar to what you’re going through.
- You could experience breastfeeding struggles. To be fair, nursing difficulties can happen to anyone – I know, because I once felt depressed that I didn’t have as much milk as other mums.
According to an expert, it might take longer for your milk to come in. But this is not to discourage you because breastmilk is one of the best gifts you can give to your child.
Besides, they won’t call it ‘golden liquid’ for nothing. Say, you’ve fed your newborn baby the colostrum (or that yellow, thick and sticky in consistency).
It could take somewhere between 24 to 36 hours for the clearer and thinner milk to follow.
- You could hear rude and insensitive comments. People can be unkind to plus size women, whether you’re pregnant or not.
Especially with social media, there are those who feel like they have to comment on anything that doesn’t concern them, such as your weight. It feels horrible when they judge you, even more so if you’re extra sensitive because of the hormones.
Let’s make it clear; no one has the right to shame anybody – skinny or plus-size. The best way to deal with any fat-shamer is to take the high road and ignore them.
Just think of your little blessing on the way.
- As a pregnant woman, you might experience more severe aches and pains. It’s quite common for expectant mothers to get leg cramps or back pain because of the growing baby.
For plus-size women, however, there’s more pressure on the ligaments and joints. It’s not just about painful leg cramps or backaches, but sometimes, it could get so bad that it affects your activities of daily living.
Even simple tasks like walking around the house can be a bit daunting. One thing that can help you is with the use of a belly support band.
It supports your baby bump and lower back thus decreasing pain in that area.
- There are plenty of scary stories on the internet. The thing is, you have no way of knowing or confirming the truth about various claims.
Sure, maybe some of them deserve the benefit of the doubt, but my point here is, it can put unnecessary stress on you. You already have so much to worry about and deal with.
The last thing you need is the paranoia over a problem which might not even exist in the first place. You see, just because you’re plus-size doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a dangerous pregnancy.
There are risks, yes, but there are women who also had normal pregnancies and healthy babies.
- Losing weight postpartum will be a challenge. If you want to shed off the baby pounds or even try your hand at getting the shape you’ve always wanted, it’s not going to be a walk in the park.
Like in most cases, if you have the dedication and commitment, it’s possible. It doesn’t matter if it’s the small things like walking around the neighborhood for an hour every day or trading bacon for fish and greens.
The important thing is you stay consistent in reaching your fitness goals and as always, eyes on the prize. In the end, all the sacrifice will be worth it.
- Choosing your maternity wear is not exactly easy. Shopping is perhaps every woman’s favorite past time.
That’s why it’s called ‘retail therapy’ because it relieves stress and makes you happy. But changing your whole wardrobe to accommodate your growing belly might be tougher unless if you have a local store that specializes in plus-size maternity clothing.
It doesn’t even have to be that stylish or trendy. The top consideration should be how comfortable it feels on you – even better if it offers adequate bump support like those leggings that reach up to your belly button or higher.
But of course, if you can find something fashionable, then I say go for it and don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces.
- There’s a bigger chance of getting a cesarean section. It is not to scare you in any way.
Giving birth via normal delivery is demanding, both emotionally and physically. For plus-size mothers, there’s a possibility of experiencing a longer and harder labor.
It will often lead to an emergency c-section. However, the difficulty doesn’t end there because the post-partum recovery is just as challenging.
You need to take extra care to at least minimize the risk of infection following the surgery. This is the time when you need support – from your partner, family and friends.
Also, don’t forget to regularly communicate with your health care provider, particularly, your OB-Gyne.
From pregnancy to post-partum, plus-size mothers have a lot on their plate. However, being overweight doesn’t always translate to unhealthy pregnancy, and it doesn’t even necessarily mean you cannot have healthy babies.
With the help of your physician, family and friends, there are things you can do to lessen any risk to you and the little one. Lifestyle modification and regular consultation are some of the steps you can take to ensure a safe and healthy journey towards motherhood.
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Nancy Shaw is the founder of HiFiveBaby where she writes about common problems encountered by parents and how to deal with them, motherhood in general and FAQs about babies, toddlers and kids. She provides scientific and medical basis and also her personal experience as a mom to a wonderful toddler. Now you can explore the joy of parenthood with ease! You can also find her on Twitter.