My name is Jesika and I felt like I should share my pregnancy story. I am 26 years old, 5’9″ and weighed 305 lbs when I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I had our 1st miscarriage in February of 2013 at 8 weeks and found out I was pregnant again in July/August that same year. Right off the bat, I knew I was going to have a horrible pregnancy just because of my size and not to mention I am bi-polar. I just knew I wouldn’t be able to work long (I’m a pre-K teacher). I thought I would gain a massive amount of weight and I just knew I was going to have complications. I also automatically assumed I would be diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The first trimester was far from enjoyable because of the fear of losing this one too.
Months came and went with no issues whatsoever, including mental issues or gestational diabetes. I was in better mental shape than ever being pregnant. I went all the way to 41 weeks, and I worked all the way up to week 39. My entire pregnancy I only gained 15 lbs!
When I was scheduled to be induced I knew there was no way I would have this baby naturally because of my size and prepared myself to have to have a c-section, my husband was even convinced.
I was induced at 5:00 am April 12th and had my 8.8lb, 22in daughter at 8:48 pm that night, vaginally!
I wanted to share my story to try to help debunk some of these plus size pregnancy myths. I realize other women are not as lucky as I was to have a normal pregnancy and many do have rough pregnancies. But I want plus size women to realize that just because of size, it doesn’t predetermine how your pregnancy will go, so stay positive and keep your head up.
What are some plus size pregnancy myths you’ve been told? Share within the comments below!
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