A Body-Positive Pregnancy Guide for People of Size:
1) You are not pregnant yet, but you may become one soon.
(If you are already pregnant, then it’s too late.) If you want to avoid becoming pregnant right now, then don’t do anything to prevent your body from getting ready for labor. Your body will take care of everything itself.
2) Your body is capable of growing at least two pounds during each month.
So if you weigh 150 lbs, you could grow up to 180 lbs in a year. That means that you could gain up to 10 pounds in just three months! And that would be great!
But what if you don’t have time or energy to eat so much? What if your job doesn’t allow you enough free time for eating healthy food? Or maybe your partner is against the idea of gaining weight?
Then you need to learn how to make healthy eating easier for yourself.
3) Your body is capable of losing up to five pounds per month.
So if you weigh 200 lbs, you could lose up to 250 lbs in a year. That means that you could lose up to 15 pounds in just three months! And that would be even better!
But what if your partner isn’t supportive of losing weight? Maybe your boss won’t like it when you’re thinner than him/her?
Then you need to learn how to make healthy losing weight easier for yourself.
4) Your body doesn’t tell you when you are hungry or when you are tired.
It just reacts on its internal balance. If your body thinks that it doesn’t have enough energy, then it starts feeling bad. And if it keeps feeling bad for a long time period, then it will develop the habit of feeling bad.
The same goes for the times when your body feels energetic and happy!
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