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Your Plus Size Pregnancy Week-By-Week

Welcome! You're here because you're newly pregnant or researching what to expect during a plus size pregnancy, week by week. 

Plus Size Pregnancy Week by Week

Having a plus size pregnancy doesn't perfectly align with all the weekly information in popular pregnancy apps, websites, or magazines, so we've created a custom resource, just for you!

Unlike the wealth of discouraging information you might find elsewhere online about having a plus size pregnancy, here at Plus Size Birth, we share empowering, evidence-based knowledge to guide you along your pregnancy journey. 

For over a decade, we've supported millions of people just like you! 

We want you to know that the odds of having a healthy outcome are on your side. And if you develop complications, we hope you won't feel to blame – there's not a single diagnosis that only plus size people incur during pregnancy. People of all sizes get gestational diabetes, for example. 

We understand having a plus size pregnancy can feel different because we've been there too! 

While reality TV shows sensationalize having a pregnancy in a larger body, it's far more common than most people realize. 

Approxmiently 36% of people who can become pregnant have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30.  

Although BMI is an outdated and flawed tool, providers, hospitals, and insurance companies use it to guide pregnancy care. Therefore, it's helpful to know your BMI, so you're not caught off-guard during your prenatal visits. And we're here to provide that information in a manner that's supportive.

Plus Size Pregnancy Week-By-Week

Let's dig into having a plus-size pregnancy week by week. We've broken down this helpful information into trimesters, and below you'll see an overview of what to expect. 

First Trimester

  • Determining Your Due Date
  • Pregnancy Symptoms 
  • hCG Levels
  • Size-Friendly Healthcare Providers
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity  
  • First Prenatal Visit  
  • Increased Risks
  • Pregnancy Weight Gain Limits  
  • Noninvasive Prenatal Screen
  • Mental Wellness 
  • Doulas
  • Aspirin for Preeclampsia Prevention  
  • Ultrasounds
  • Plus Size Maternity Clothes & Necessities

Second Trimester 

  • Back pain & SPD
  • Hearing the Baby's Heartbeat
  • Feeling Movement
  • Waiting on Your Bump to Pop
  • Pregnancy Belly Shapes
  • Mid-Pregnancy Ultrasound
  • Fundal Height Measurements
  • Selecting a Childbirth Education Course
  • Setting Healthy Boundaries
  • Positive Self-Talk
  • Glucose Screening for Gestational Diabetes
  • Baby Registry (Size-Inclusive Needs)
  • Informed Consent & BRAIN Acronym
  • Take Maternity Photos

Third Trimester 

  • Kick Counts
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Intimacy
  • Creating a Birth Plan
  • Questions to Ask When Selecting a Pediatrician
  • Feeding Your Baby
  • Size-Friendly Hospital Bag Necessities
  • Preparing for Labor and Birth
  • Induction Concerns
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Planning for Postpartum
  • Getting Ready Baby
  • Sharing Your Birth Story

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