Recently a pregnant yoga student of mine told me that, at 16 weeks pregnant, her doctor was concerned that she had gained too much weight.
According to the doctor, she was seven pounds “overweight”.
With all due respect to doctors, this drives me a little (OK, a lot) bananas.
Doctors told me the same thing when I was pregnant: you need to not gain anymore weight because you are five pounds overweight.
Here’s the thing: when you are pregnant, you get to just be pregnant.
Just be pregnant.
Don’t worry about weight gain.
Because you can always, always lose it after baby arrives.
No matter what other people tell you.
And everyone will freak you out telling you that they “still” haven’t lost their baby weight and it’s been 25 years, blah blah blah.
And all the “pre-baby body” media bullshit that infiltrates our lives will make us think this is some kind of problem that needs solving-- that pregnancy is a problem that needs solving.
That our bodies are problems that need solving.
And the anxiety and fear and compulsion sets in.
And the vicious cycle keeps on rolling.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Just be pregnant.
Listen to your body.
Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are not.
Eat food. Mostly plants.
If you can.
And if you can’t or won’t, that’s totally OK.
Because you are the Boss of you.
Pregnant women are the Boss with a capital B.
You get to do whatever the hell you want-- including gain weight.
Because that is what your body is supposed to do.
And when you have your baby and get settled in, you can come back to yourself and create a body you feel good in.
It is totally possible.
It’s just a choice.
And it is a choice that YOU get to make.
Lia Pinelli is a weight loss coach and educator who helps women put an end to emotional overeating and lose weight, permanently.