Pregnancy is a time of immense change and growth, both for the growing baby and the expectant parent. For those who identify as fat or plus-size, the experience can come with unique challenges and emotions. In this blog post, we will explore the journey of fat-positive pregnancy, celebrating the beauty of body changes and offering guidance on embracing this transformative phase with confidence and joy.

Understanding Fat-Positive Pregnancy

A fat-positive pregnancy is one where the expectant parent embraces their body and experiences self-love throughout the journey. It’s a celebration of body diversity, breaking free from societal beauty norms and fostering a deep connection with the miraculous process of creating life.

Embracing Body Changes

The postpartum period, also known as the postnatal period, typically refers to the first six weeks after childbirth. However, it can extend up to a year or more as the body undergoes significant changes post pregnancy, birth, and post chestfeeding.

Did you know it can take up to 18 months after you stop breastfeeding for your hormones to equal pre-pregnancy levels? During postpartum, people experience a variety of physical and emotional challenges.

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During pregnancy, a person’s body goes through numerous changes. For fat-positive parents, these changes may include not only the typical pregnancy transformations but also fluctuations in body size. Embracing these changes is the first step in a fat-positive pregnancy.

Celebrating Growth

The growth of your baby is something to celebrate, and it’s vital to focus on the miracle happening within you rather than on external opinions.

Acknowledge the beauty of your growing belly and the vitality of your body’s ability to nurture life. Read that one again!

Finding a Supportive Healthcare Provider

A fat-positive pregnancy begins with finding a healthcare provider who respects and understands the unique needs and concerns of plus-size expectant parents.

Seek out a provider who offers compassionate care, rather than one who stigmatizes or shames based on size.

Self-Care and Self-Love

Self-care and self-love are crucial during a fat-positive pregnancy. This includes regular affirmations, relaxation techniques, and finding time to pamper yourself.

Treat your body with kindness and respect. Do things you love to do. Focus on what your body is DOING and all that it has carried you through. 

Nutrition and Exercise

It’s essential to focus on nourishing your body and the baby growing inside it. If you feel inclined, consult a registered dietitian who specializes in pregnancy nutrition to create a balanced and nutritional meal plan that fits your needs.

We highly recommend you find a dietitian that follows the Health at Every Size framework. You can find a provider list here. Gentle exercise, like prenatal yoga or swimming, can help you stay active and maintain your well-being. Pay attention to what feels great to you and your body.

Dealing with Body Shaming

Unfortunately, body shaming can persist during pregnancy. Fat-positive parents may encounter negative comments or even medical professionals who focus on their size rather than their health.

It’s crucial to develop strategies to cope with such experiences and prioritize your well-being. This is where your self love practices will come in super handy.

Affirmations, self care and even learning about the origins of diet culture (so you can understand why we need to rid ourselves of it!) will all be great strategies for combating body shaming (even when you do it to yourself).

Connection with Your Body

Pregnancy offers a unique opportunity to connect with your body on a profound level. As your body changes, engage in mindfulness practices, like daily belly rubs or meditation, to foster a deep connection with the growing life within you.

Building a Supportive Network

Building a network of friends and support groups that embrace and celebrate your fat-positive pregnancy can be invaluable.

Seek out online communities (yay! So glad you’re here), join local support groups, or engage with friends who can uplift and understand your experience.

Birth Plan Advocacy

When creating your birth plan, ensure that your preferences and needs are respected. Discuss with your healthcare provider the options that align with your values, and find a birthing team that supports your decisions.

Postpartum Self-Care

Fat positivity should extend into the postpartum period as well. Embrace the changes in your body after giving birth and focus on healing, self-love, and the emotional journey that follows.

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A fat-positive pregnancy is a beautiful and empowering journey that allows you to celebrate your body’s changes and the growth of your baby. By finding a supportive healthcare provider, practicing self-care and self-love, embracing your body, and building a network of support, you can navigate this transformative experience with confidence and joy.

Remember that every body is unique and beautiful, and your size should not be a barrier to experiencing the magic of pregnancy. Your journey is a testament to the strength and beauty of the human body, and you deserve to cherish every moment of it.

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