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I'm 26 weeks pregnant with our first child. Pre-pregnancy, I weighed about 105 pounds and I'm 5' 3". During the first 23 weeks of my pregnancy, I gained around 20 pounds. At first, I was concerned that I was gaining too much weight, even though it all seemed to be going to my abdomen area. Now my weight has leveled off, and I haven't gained a pound (I actually lost 2 pounds without changing my eating habits) in the last 3 1/2 weeks. I received comments from random women saying that I was too small for how far along I was, and I started to panic and worry that my baby wasn't developing normally. I talked to my midwife that she assured me that every woman gains weight and maintains their weight differently, depending on how their body works.
My point is that I think it is the general trend in this country to accept that (and maybe even encourage?) women will gain a ridiculous amount of weight during their pregancy because it's somehow deemed as "healthy" and that they're "eating for two." And, in effect, just because I wasn't as big as some women think I should be, they made me feel like I was doing something wrong.
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