Congratulations! Welcome to one of the most exciting times of your life; your journey to motherhood. Here at Plus Size Birth we have some helpful suggestions to promote healthy choices during pregnancy and tips for having an empowered birth. Our motto is; Love Your Body – Love Your Birth!
Craving during pregnancy can lead to some unique food choices, but for the most part you’ll want to make healthy decisions. Do your best to stay away from processed foods and anything that comes in a bag or box. Consider connecting with a nutritionist.
The key to committing to an exercise routine is finding something fun or having an exercise buddy! Water aerobics and swimming are two activities that can be truly enjoyable during pregnancy. Consider starting a walking group with co-workers or going for a spin on a stationary bike. Prenatal yoga is a wonderful way to tune into your body and learn some breathing techniques for labor. Do what works for you but but always check with a care provider before starting a new exercise routine.
Work with a Supportive Healthcare Provider
It’s important to find someone who will not only provide outstanding care but also build confidence within a woman’s ability to have a healthy outcome for her and her baby. A size friendly provider does both of those things! Below is a helpful video and click here to access even more resources to help decipher if your care provider is size friendly or not.
Click here for additional resources to help decide if your care provider is size friendly.
Recommended Reading & Movies
There’s a lot of information a pregnant woman can get her hands on during pregnancy. We the believe the very best resources you can tap into is a doula! Aside from a doula we recommend plus size pregnant women stick to positive and empowering resources. Below you’ll see our list of recommended reading and movies.
Are You a Size-Friendly Midwife? by, Pamela Vireday
Creating a Safe Space for Healing Antepartum Care in Women with Trauma History, Maryl Smith
The Fat Vigina Theory, by Pamela Vireday
No All Hospitals Are Created Equal, Jen McLellan
Letting Go & Embracing My Body by, Jen McLellan
Plus Size Maternity Clothes – How to Look Cute Without Going Broke by, Jen McLellan
What’s a B Belly?, by Jen McLellan
Where’s My Bump? by, Jen McLellan
Women of Size and Cesarean Sections: Tips for Avoiding Unnecessary Surgery by, Pamela Vireday
You can read even more articles on the Plus Size Mommy Memoirs blog.
The Business of Being Born (available on Netflix Instant Watch)
Born at Home
Pregnant in America (available on Netflix Instant Watch)
One World Birth
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