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Maternal Healthcare-You're Doin' it Right!

July 16, 2012

A while back during our hospital visit to the gorgeous labour and delivery ward I picked up a small advertisement put out by the British Columbian government on healthy weight in pregnancy. I've taken the time since then to roam through their three part website and I have to say that I'm impressed. Not only do they say to focus on your *health* and not the scale before, during and after pregnancy, and acknowledge that physical health is only one part of the equation, but they come right out and say "As a woman, there are a lot of pressures to be thin. Tell your health care provider if you are having a lot of anxiety about gaining weight or if you have past or present struggles with an eating disorder." This quote is actually repeated on several pages, emphasizing how important it is. Also mentioned more than once is that gaining enough weight is really important to your developing fetus, as not eating enough can have very harmful, long-term effects.

Unfortunately, the site does rely heavily on BMI measurements as to what's healthy or not when it comes to a woman's size, which is a real drawback as we know that BMI doesn't measure anything at all about your health. It also makes some pretty broad generalizations about fat women and labour and delivery without backing it up without any kind of facts.  However, the rest of the site is absolute gold if you want to know what to do, and not do, in order to have a healthy, even vibrant pregnancy. Their post-partum section is especially well done because it emphasizes that no, your body will likely NOT be the same as it was before your pregnancy, and yes, it will take months for it to get back to being close to what you remember, if it ever does. The pressure on women to regain their pre-baby bodies, fueled by tabloid photos and silly t.v shows, makes me so angry. It just emphasises that women's bodies are up for public consumption, and now that the baby is out, women need to go back to being sexually available (but not TOO available!) as soon as they can.

In any case, if you or someone you know is thinking of getting pregnant, is pregnant or struggling after a pregnancy with their weight/weight related issues, I highly recommend Healthy Pregnancy BC.ca !

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