Weight, for as far back in history as we go, has been a topic of discussion with women. How much they weigh, whether they gained or lost weight, or even on maintaining their weight. It is not a surprise that when we first become pregnant one of the top things on our mind… How do I maintain my weight without affecting my little one’s health? That worry is usually heightened for mommies of twins – as they are not only carrying one but two lives inside them!
According to an article from Mayo Clinic, if you got pregnant with twins while your weight is normal, meaning a BMI of 18.5-24.9, you would be expected to gain on average a total of 17 – 25KG by the time you deliver. The numbers would differ if you are underweight or overweight.
This could have a huge impact on women who are already struggling with their weight, worrying about their weight gain during pregnancy, losing the baby weight once they deliver, and so many other possible concerns. All these worries and concerns could take away from enjoying the experience of pregnancy and hindering their mental wellbeing.
As a community and as mothers, we need to switch the way we look at ourselves – we are not a number on the scale, we are not how our body looks while pregnant, and definitely not how we look post-delivery. We are human beings, who are going through a life-altering experience. We are on a journey of self-discovery and the best way to make the most out of it is to allow ourselves to experience every moment of it.
Adjusting to your new reality of becoming a mother already affects your mental wellbeing. Losing the baby weight might not be easy but allow yourself to realize that in the process of weight gain, you are on a journey of creating the best environment for your little ones once they arrive. You might not feel the same way you did before getting pregnant, but that just comes to show you how much you are growing (not just physically – but mentally and emotionally too) the further you go into your pregnancy. Allow yourself to realize your emotions and thank these emotions; as they are helping you grow as an individual.
Pregnancy is definitely a life-shifting journey and focusing on making the most of the transition means acknowledging and prioritizing our mental and emotional state, and not just the number on the scale.
Making the most of the experience could mean reconnecting with an activity we enjoy which helps us destress, or even speaking to our OB-GYN about what we are going through and listening to her recommendations on how to handle what we are going through.
There is nothing more exciting than becoming a mother. Just like every other important thing in one’s life, planning for motherhood also requires planning.