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Plus Size Pregnancy – Everything You Need To Know

Are you plus size and pregnant or planning for a plus size pregnancy? You've found the right spot! With an endorsement from the National Institutes of Health, Plus Size Birth is the leading plus size pregnancy resource.

Here you'll find positive resources and plus size pregnancy support.

Plus Size And Pregnant 

While being plus size and pregnant comes with some increased riskspeople of all sizes have healthy outcomes!

Below all your plus size pregnancy questions are answered, and we encourage you to explore the links provided throughout this resource for even more helpful information. 

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    Answers To Your Plus Size Pregnancy Questions 

    When will I start to look pregnant?

    I wish I could answer this question for you, but the reality is, it’s different for everyone.

    Some plus size people start showing early in pregnancy (especially if this isn’t their first pregnancy) while others have bellies that may never “pop”.

    It’s important to know that even if you don’t show as early or as much as you wish you would – your body is still growing life within you, and that’s amazing!

    Read this story and see a survey of 100 plus size women sharing when they started to look pregnant – Where’s My Bump? Plus Size Pregnancy Woes

    Where can I see images of pregnant people my size?

    Sharing images of plus size pregnancy is super important to us as it helps to normalize plus size pregnancy for everyone.

    You can see even more stunning bumps via the Plus Size Birth Instagram page that I encourage you to follow!

    Where can I find plus size maternity clothes, support belts, babywearing options, nursing bras, and pillows?

    Below you'll see a link to all of your plus size pregnancy clothing needs and products! 

    Should I have maternity photos taken even if I don’t look like most of the images I see of pregnant women?

    The most prevalent regret I hear from moms on the Plus Mommy Facebook page is not feeling confident enough in their body to have maternity photos taken.

    Even if you just take bathroom selfies, it’s so important that you document your pregnancy.

    These pictures aren’t only for you – your children will cherish them.

    Due to so many people wishing they would’ve taken photos, I’ve spent a lot of time collecting stories and images for our blog. The gorgeous image above is from the article 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Plus Size Maternity Photo Shoot.

    You can see even more breathtaking photos and read about people's experiences with plus size maternity photography here.  

    plus size pregnant woman with husband

    My belly looks more like a B than a D. Is this normal?

    Yes! If you have a belly that’s shaped more like a “B” than a “D” during pregnancy, it’s completely normal!

    See photos and learn more here – What’s a B Belly?

    How much weight should I gain?

    Here are pregnancy weight gain recommendations from the Institute of Medicine – “Overweight women carrying a single fetus are advised to gain a total of 15–25 lbs. during pregnancy (compared with 25–35 lbs. for normal-weight women). Obese women are advised to gain less: 11–20 lbs.”

    It can be quite discouraging to be told you should only gain around 20 pounds during pregnancy. However, it isn’t uncommon for plus size women to actually lose weight during pregnancy.

    Be sure to have an open line of communication with your care provider and address any concerns you have.

    As long as you are making healthy choices throughout your pregnancy, most often your body is going to gain what it needs to do to grow a baby.

    Can you provide me with options for being physically active during pregnancy?

    Absolutely! Moving your body, in whatever way feels doable to you (after getting medical clearance) is terrific for your physical and mental health.

    From starting a walking group to joining a water aerobics class, here are 7 Plus Size Pregnancy Exercise Tips I hope you’ll try.

    Plus Size Birth Website - plus size pregnant woman holding pregnancy ultrasound

    Where should I start when it comes to nutrition during pregnancy?

    While I have a few helpful nutritional articles, I highly recommended you connect with a Registered Dietitian to account for your own unique nutritional needs. Find out if your medical group or insurance offers payment assistance.

    Even if you don’t have coverage, investing in your health (if you’re able to afford to do so) will pay off in the long run. Here are two articles that might be worth reading, depending on your situation – The Best Plus Size Pregnancy Diet and Gestational Diabetes Nutrition Tips for Plus Size Women

    Tips for sex during a plus size pregnancy?

    Some people experience a heightened sexual drive during pregnancy while others have no interest in sex. Whichever end of the spectrum you land on, or if you’re somewhere in between, it’s entirely normal.

    You’re completely normal!

    The sexiest thing you can do is to have an open line of communication with your partner about these things.

    Connecting with your partner during pregnancy in a physical manner is important for your relationship. But remember, there’s a lot more to intimacy than just intercourse!

    Here’s a lot more information (as well as position suggestions) – How to Have Great Plus Size Pregnancy Sex: Talk and Tips

    How can I connect with a size-friendly health care provider?

    Connecting with a size-friendly doctor can be the most significant game-changer when it comes to having a healthy plus size pregnancy.

    I'm so passionate about this topic that I've created a free guide to help you out! It includes tips on how to connect with a size friendly care provider and questions you can ask to make sure they’re the perfect fit for you.

    Simply subscribe to my newsletter to download the guide immediately – My Size Friendly Care Providers Guide

    Are all medical facilities size friendly?

    Sadly, no. Depending on what area of the world you live in, the nearest medical facility to you (including birth centers) might have BMI restrictions or other restrictions on your options during labor and delivery.

    It’s critical that you not only connect with a size-friendly care provider but also research the place where you’re planning to give birth – Not All Hospitals Are Created Equal

    plus size pregnant woman in labor

    What’s a doula?

    A doula is a trained professional who supports pregnant people and their families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Doulas offer informational, physical, and emotional support along the way.

    Learn more here – Do I Need a Doula? and explore the Size-Friendly Doula Directory!

    All of these plus size pregnancy questions and so much more are tackled in-depth in the My Plus Size Pregnancy Guide.

    My Plus Size Pregnancy Guide

    Where can I read plus size birth stories?

    From the hospital, birth center to homebirth stories – here's an ever-growing collection of Plus Size Birth Stories!

    There are also photo galleries of pregnancy, hospital birth, home birth breastfeeding, and babywearing.

    Are there special labor positions for plus size women?

    Most labor positions are great for people of all sizes! You’ll find your rhythm in labor and what’s best for you.

    If you have a pendulum belly (plus size hanging belly or mothers apron) you don’t want to spend a lot of time on your hands and knees as that position can slow down the progression of labor.

    Please note that exercise balls (AKA birth balls) have weight limits but you can purchase exercise balls that support thousands of pounds on Amazon. See all product recommendations we have during a plus size pregnancy here – 29 Plus Size Pregnancy Gifts You Should Have On Your List

    Plus Size Pregnant woman giving birth

    How can I prepare for having a cesarean birth?

    The resource C-Section for Plus Size Women will help you to prepare.

    The article is divided up in the following way: preparing for surgery, operating room, immediately following surgery, hospital recovery, and home recovery.  

    Is it possible to have a vaginal birth after cesarean when you’re plus size?

    Yes and I have this resource and stories from plus size moms to share with you – Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Resources

    How can I prepare for postpartum and breastfeeding when plus size?

    Here's helpful information on plus size breastfeeding.

    For additional postpartum resources when you're plus size, you can explore the postpartum resource we've pulled together just for you!