The mistaken view of plus-size pregnancy being “abnormal” or even “unnatural” is only a myth. In reality, plus-sized women make up a greater proportion of all pregnant women in America.
Moreover, a plus-sized pregnancy can be a healthy and wonderful experience, simply by focusing on your baby, while making healthy choices. In case, you have any doubts or questions concerning your pregnancy, it is better to seek professional advice rather than worrying about something that could be perfectly normal.
by Mrs. Flinger
Here are a sample of questions that many plus-size moms to be often ask:
When Will My Pregnancy Begin To Show?
Determining when a pregnancy will begin to show in plus-size women is not easy. The specific time varies depending on a particular individual’s body or whether she is a first time mother or not. In first-time mothers, the pregnancy would take longer before it shows, usually a period of between 5 to 6 months. If you have ever been pregnant before, you can expect your pregnancy to show much earlier and your baby bump would also develop much more visibly than first time mothers.
Will There Be Need For a Cesarean Section?
Before taking the option of cesarean section, you need to weigh all the advantages and disadvantages of such an option. Such an option would have various risks related to it, which include potential harmful effects of the anesthesia used during the operation. However, plus size women are usually recommended to choose cesarean sections based on various reasons. Such reasons include: the baby being too large for normal delivery or going through a long period of labor.
What Foods Should Be Avoided During Pregnancy?
There are various food types that you should avoid during pregnancy. These include: soft cheeses (blue cheese, feta, brie and camembert); Mexican cheeses (queso fresco, queso blanco and panela); shellfish (clams and oysters) and; raw fish. There are also other fish varieties that should be avoided, due to the health risks posed by high mercury content. Such fish types include shark, swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel.
While you can take tuna, make sure to limit your intake to less than 6 ounces per week, due to the risk of mercury content. This does not mean that you cannot eat any fish, since there are many other varieties of fish that you can consume. These include: pollack, cod, salmon, shrimp and catfish.
How About Sex?
The issue of sex during plus-size pregnancy largely depends on you. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, sex would not hurt your baby. However, physiological changes during the first trimester may lead to a reduced sex drive in some women and an increased sex drive in others. Moreover, as the pregnancy progresses, various related factors such as body aches, nausea and fatigue can also negatively affect your sex drive. On the other hand, some women may find it much easier to orgasm while pregnant.
Unfortunately, lying flat on your back would put unnecessary weight on vital body organs. Fortunately, this will give you a good excuse to try out new positions that will be more comfortable for you during sex.