Weighing Yourself During Pregnancy

I remembering reading a post after Izzy was born about a woman who didn’t weigh herself during pregnancy. At first when I read the title, I thought why not? What is so bad about tracking your weight gain? After reading the article I thought she had some great points and I understood why some woman may want to avoid the scale. I didn’t think about this post again until recently.

During my first pregnancy I weighed myself every week. I tracked how much weight I gained and if I’m being honest sometimes I worried about gaining too much. I wanted to ensure I got my body back as quickly as possible after Izzy was born. It’s interesting to me how differently I feel this time. Maybe because it took me a while to feel like I got my “body back” after my first child was born. Or maybe because I gained a new perspective on the situation.

Should you be weighing yourself during pregnancy? Here is one mother's thoughts on the pros and cons of the scale during pregnancy.

The choice is yours. There is nothing wrong with weighing yourself during pregnancy. At the same time, I don’t want to let it define me. I don’t want to worry about losing weight during this special event in my life. I want to make healthy decisions and focus on having a healthy baby. 

As you may know, I enjoy exercising and being outside. I try to live an active lifestyle by going for walks and working out 2-3 times a week. I also strive to eat whole foods and foods beneficial for pregnant women. This time around, that is my focus. Not obsessively weighing myself and freaking out if I gained a pound (or 5 pounds) more than I should in the first trimester. My focus this pregnancy is to make healthy choices and treasure a time where it doesn’t matter if I wear pants with an elastic waistband. 

What about you? Do you weigh yourself during pregnancy?


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  1. Thanks for the mention here and you are so right. It’s totally an individual choice and it’s about guarding our own hearts, isn’t it? I’m postpartum with #4 and I constantly have to guard my heart here. Being healthy, exercising, and being an active mother is what I’m able to do and I can’t obsess about the number!!

  2. Love this. I don’t have any children yet, but I’ve been told that breast feeding helps the mother lose weight. No, pregnancy isn’t a reason to become gluttonous or slovenly, but weighing yourself constantly can have some pretty serious emotional effect! I am happy to see you healthy and enjoying your pregnancy! (Found you through the Modest Monday linkup!)

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