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Being overweight when you're pregnant increases the chance of some complications such as gestational diabetes. Make sure you go to all your antenatal appointments so your pregnancy team can monitor the health of you and your baby. Your BMI is a measurement based on your weight to height.

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The eating combined with my osteoarthritis and other disabilities doesn't help - the additional weight on the ts isn't a positive impact.

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I think it's almost become a self-perpetuating prophecy. My face is just a big circle. I'm lucky in a way because I am the stereotypical fat woman - funny, independent, I have lots of friends. I suppose I'm a hoarder.

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I'm not looking for sympathy. If I was slimmer, I could easily be labelled as a food connoisseur because it's a passion of mine. My 46F boobs keep my stomach warm - actually I have several stomachs. last reviewed: 20 January Next review due: 20 January Support links.

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Why can't I just be accepted for who I am? I think it's fear.

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You should be offered a referral to a dietitian or other health professional for personalised advice on healthy eating and how to be physically active during your pregnancy. These problems can also happen to any pregnant woman, whether she is overweight or not. I wear the "good manager", "good friend", and "good daughter" hats as best I can.

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Claiming the word "fat" isn't easy, but I feel it's the only way I can describe big I am. They are their fears upon me because I am a reflection of something that they could become. It's kind of sad that I'm comforted by food rather than other women in the world. While some people are "reclaiming" the word "fat" as a positive thing -three of them are featured in the video, below - Mellisa says she recognises that the word applies to her, and wishes it didn't.

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It has useful information for all pregnant women on achieving, and maintaining, a healthy weight. When I stand up to do a presentation at work, I'm all too aware that people see my size first, not me. If I accept it then I'm telling myself that I've given up and I don't want to give up. Remember that exercise does not have to be strenuous to be beneficial. Some days I use my fat as armour, and other days it's like a shroud.

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My weight can also be my strength. There are times when I feel that I can do that and times when I can't. I spend probably on average two to three hours every day in the car because of my commute.

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My desk space has been replaced owmen shelves of beer, wine, cider, porridge, snack bars, crisps, condiments and a second freezer. Your doctor may be able to refer you to a specialist weight-loss clinic. However, once you're pregnant, this measurement may not be accurate.

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My world is filled with contradictions, but I blame no-one else. I'm impervious to it.

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I don't think there's a single part of me, apart from my wrists, that is small. I have so many bottles of classy Champagne, condiments and spices. xre

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I was smaller once, really quite thin actually. By being so visible and taking up so much room, in a strange way I am also quite aee. My kitchen cupboards are filled with good quality items. But let me tell you, I was you once and you could be me. Sometimes when I'm in the supermarket I glance Biggdr and think: "I don't know who else I'm buying all this food for.

Mum didn't want me and my two sisters to ever be as big as she was.

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I think there was a period when I was in my teens, where I had quite a combative relationship around eating. However, I refuse to accept the size I am. I'd describe myself as a series of quite large blobs and boxes. There's the charitable stuff and my good behaviour.

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Overall, around 1 in 1, babies are born with a neural tube defect in the UK. I am fat, there's no getting away from it. The higher a woman's BMI, the higher the chance of complications. I can walk better a room and feel strong, so when someone says something mean it bounces off me. I don't want to be normal because normal is boring.

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You may also be referred to an anaesthetist to discuss issues such as pain relief in labour. I get why people look at me and think: "Mellisa, how could you be that fat? If you become breathless as you talk, you're probably exercising too strenuously.

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The only person I can hold responsible for my position is me. Quite literally, I am the elephant in the room. There is also a higher chance of your baby having a health condition, such as a neural tube defect like spina bifida.