How far along: 25 weeks, which means only (approximately) 15 weeks left to go! Crazy.
Baby’s size: Baby Bear weighs about 1.5 lbs and is approx. 13.5 inches long. The food comparison this week? A head of cauliflower. What?
Weight gain: I went to the doctor’s office for another checkup this week, where they informed me that I had gained 12 lbs since the last visit, making my total +22. This is apparently bad. My midwife launched into a lecture where she cautioned me to slow down on the weight gain, exercise more (even though I told her I’ve been walking daily and doing weekly prenatal yoga) and gave me some “helpful” tips to avoid overindulging over the holidays. (ex. “Tell yourself, ‘eh, maybe I shouldn’t have another handful.’” Are you kidding me??)
WHAT THE WHAT. I just could not believe my ears. Not only am I pretty sure that I am not getting fat, just you know, growing another human, I have never been told that I’m gaining too much weight in my life. I’ve always been on the low end of the “healthy” range. She did admit by the end of her spiel that she wasn’t sure where I was putting all of that weight (oh, I don’t know, BELLY AND BOOBS? Where it’s supposed to go?!) and I was definitely starting to question whether she was using her brain here or just spouting off nonsense that the entire industry buys into without a whole lot of fact or reason behind it. I don’t see any reason at all to lecture a pregnant woman whose body is already changing faster than she can keep up with about her weight, especially if the baby is growing just fine. Whether she can take the weight off post-baby is a question SHE can deal with once the baby arrives. Continue reading