Your Weight During Pregnancy

Your Weight During Pregnancy -

Your Weight During Pregnancy

Why is this how we define ourselves?

Your weight does matter, but it shouldn’t define your experience or livelihood.

Getting on the scale should not be the definition of a healthy pregnancy. Why not look at some of the other, more important ideas.  Our focus as healthcare practitioners is to give women the tools to optimize their stress, sleep patterns, consistency with exercise, good food habits for a happy healthy baby and mother.

For years, women have associated weight with an image of health. In fact, women have been told that the most effective way to lose weight is to breastfeed postpartum.

It time to call bullshit to the fact that the industry is taking advantage of these women during this vulnerable time. After having a child, women are so physically, mentally and emotionally vulnerable and the mainstream media know this. To inflict such a hard-fast statement on such a variety of people makes absolutely no sense.

The truth is that this idea is completely harming to new mothers in so many ways.

Instead of focusing on the losing weight and getting back to pre-pregnancy weight, we must focus on eating wholesome foods, creating a supported network and giving the family especially the mother the tools needed to restore some much needed sleep.

I have heard so many stories from moms who think the main goal after having a child is to lose weight. Unfortunately, the industry gives mothers such missed information. By associating such a negative idea of breastfeeding to mothers, they often lead to even more stress and more weight gain.  Often they have pushed through pain and discomfort because that was the only thing that would guarantee weight loss. This is in fact false. Instead we should be focusing on giving a mother the tools needed to build a healthy relationship with food, breastfeeding and nurturing her healing body.

A mother would actually have better success if they just ask themselves these 3 questions when it comes to weight loss and breastfeeding.

  • 1. What are these ingredients of what I am eating?

If I do not know what it is, than I had better go figure it out. Use the internet to look it up. Read the label and identify why it is even there.

Mono- and di-glycerine are emulsifiers to keep oil and water from separating. They are used in food to improve stability of food and increase food shelf life. They are also found in many breads.

Next time you take of bite of your sandwich, thinking you are making a “healthy choice,” you might actually causing more harm than good. It might open your eyes to choose a different type of bread for that quick meal.

  • 2. Are these ingredients nutritious?

Now, you actually don’t have to be a nutritionist to answer this question. Using common sense should take care of that for you. For example, does it come from the earth? Or was it made in a chemical plant. Chances are, if you haven’t heard of it, it is mostly not grown locally or made from the earth.

  • 3. Where did these ingredients come from?

Focusing on eating locally and organically grown, fresh, in season foods should be the center of your health and wellbeing after delivering a child and delivering the good to your child. Make sure they didn’t come from a factory or chemically processed to resemble something that is found in nature.  These all take tolls on our system and collectively it will ultimately cause more stress to your body and make it nearly impossible to lose that weight and feed your baby accurately.

These questions can lead to a powerful position in knowledge on how to identify WHAT and WHY your body even can digest and absorb safely without getting assaulted.


I help women dive deep into their health history and create a lifestyle plan that works with their goals. If you have struggled with the mainstream media telling you to look a certain way, or do a certain thing to achieve your goal, you might be missing the point.

Click here to talk to a mom who has struggled with all the same things you have.

Talk to Dr. Deanna Elliott



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