Friday, August 09, 2013
I've just been thinking of how glad I am to have lost all my excess weight before becoming pregnant. I know that the weight loss triggered amenorrhea so that I couldn't get pregnant without hormone shots, and I went through some very confused and crazy recovery from exercise compulsion/too much calorie restriction that I'm still not completely over...but I tell you what, I can't imagine being pregnant while being overweight, let alone obese like I was. It would have been MISERABLE, not to mention humiliating every time I went with my husband to a doctor and heard about how my weight was impacting the pregnancy or impeding the sonographer's ability to see the babies or something. And without having learned to consider portion sizes and track calories and engage in exercise daily as a habit, I would have gained so much baby weight and not had the first idea how to lose it afterward. The whole situation would have been miserable AND dangerous for me and the babies (or rather, baby, since I probably would have just had a singleton pregnancy without the hormone injections).
Whereas now, I'm pregnant with twins and my stomach is getting huge...but the rest of me isn't. I've gained weight, of course, and it's definitely not all gone straight to the babies, but I am healthy and strong and still quite spry, and the little annoyances of being pregnant aren't nearly as bad for me as I imagine they would be at an unhealthier weight (being the size of an 8-months-pregnant woman in the heat and humidity of August, for example!).
I'm just inexpressibly grateful that my husband and I were completely on board with me getting healthy before having babies. For those of you who managed pregnancy while carrying some extra weight, god bless you and I admire you, because it just seems like everything unpleasant would be magnified by having a little extra bulk. Or maybe I'm just a giant wimp. :)
So anyways, thanks to everyone and everything involved in my success at getting healthy - especially SparkPeople and everyone on here! :)