Pregnancy & Birth
Congratulations! Welcome to one of the most exciting times of your life; your journey to motherhood. Below you’ll see our pregnancy resources and three tips for a healthy plus size pregnancy. Our motto is; Love Your Body – Love Your Birth!
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 Vagina 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.
- Baby Fit (nutrition & exercise tools)
- Childbirth Connection (evidence-based information & resources)
- Spinning Babies (fetal positioning)
Three Tips for a Healthy Plus Size Pregnancy
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 Size Friendly 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 to help decipher if your care provider is size friendly or not.