Carrying Small

At my OB appointment this week, I received a surprising assessment from my doctor.

He said that for 33 weeks, I am “carrying small”. Then he scheduled an ultrasound appointment for Monday to make sure everything is okay. Which I assume means— that the baby is growing and developing at a normal rate.

With all the talk about looking huge and putting on too much weight, sometimes we forget that not putting on enough weight can be scary too.

With my first child, I only put on nine pounds. I’m a pretty average sized person, not small by any means, so putting on that little weight was really surprising to me.

People’s first reactions are usually to call me a “b*tch” (in the most playful manner possible) and tell me how lucky I was.

BUT, if they knew the WHOLE STORY, they would probably feel very different. For instance, I would have gladly packed on the pounds if it meant not spending the entire nine months throwing up every food item I put near my mouth.

As a result, I had weekly ultrasounds to monitor the growth of my baby which was incredibly stressful but in the end, she was born at 6.5lbs. and everything was just fine.

This pregnancy, I feel much better and thought I was putting on a healthy amount of weight. So far, I’ve gained 22 pounds— not a lot, but not nearly as  little as last time. So, instead of driving myself crazy looking up every explanation from now until Monday to explain why I might be “carrying small”, I’m gonna save my google searches for something more productive.

I’m just going to hope that like with my first, this is probably just a precautionary measure and hopefully means nothing at all.

Related links from Ilana Wiles on Being Pregnant:

Toxoplasmosis: It Happened to Me

The 16 Worst Comments Actually Said to Pregnant Women

10 Lessons I Hope My New Baby Learns from Her Big Sister

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