4 months pregnant. I’ve been transferred to a high risk doctor. Which is fine, I’m not freaking out. I knew it would happen if I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The funny thing is, the doctor I had before wanted to send me immediately to a high risk dr because of my weight.
Yesterday was my first appointment with the high risk doctor. I got asked a million questions, which is fine, by now I’m used to it. NOT ONCE was I asked, or was it assumed that I was there because of my weight. My weight wasn’t even discussed. And it was fantastic, because at my previous doctor the first thing the nurses or doctors noted was how many pounds I have lost.
Leading up to this appointment all those in the medical field that I spoke to managed to scare me, to tell me that my sugar was to high, that my eating habits needed to change, that the doctor was for sure going to put me on insulin, that this is going to follow me for life, all the damage that i could be doing to my unborn child, that i needed to exercise more, that i needed to be extra careful.
the first thing my high risk doctor told me, “g’mornin’ healthy momma!” I was told kind of what I’ve always known. That even though I am overweight I am healthy. My body says I’m fine. The blood that pumps through my veins says that I’m doing every thing right for me and my unborn child. The ‘healthiest’, ‘skinniest’ of women are at risk of getting gestational diabetes. Everyone with ovaries that wants to have a child runs the risk of this form of diabetes. He told me to keep doing what I’m doing, that although my sugar was still a little high it’s clear that I’ve made the necessary changes to keep myself and baby healthy. We listened to my baby’s heart beat, which I told them exactly where they would find it.
I never want to go back to my previous doctor. Ever. I think that all women, especially plus sized women, need to not be deterred by those negative personalities in the medical field. We can be fat and healthy. We can have healthy babies and healthy pregnancies.
I had been trying for over a year to get pregnant. And when it finally happened, we were ecstatic. It sucks to have people tell you from the get go that your pregnancy is high risk just because of your weight. To hear these negative comments, and stories as if that’s how all fat pregnancies go. Our bodies are stronger than some medical professionals want to give us credit for.
Nothing could change the joy I feel knowing that I’m carrying my child in my womb. And that’s the way it should be for all women, even fat ones. :]