Hello, my name is Ryann, and I am the host of the Food Freedom Lab. In this episode, I’m going to share my personal experience with body image struggles during pregnancy. As a licensed therapist, certified nutritionist, and a recovered binge eater, I want to be real and authentic about my journey.
When I found out I was pregnant, I experienced rapid changes in my body. Clothes stopped fitting, and I felt ravenous. At my first OB appointment, the scale showed a higher weight than expected, triggering anxiety about weight gain.
Facing societal expectations and my own professional role, I worried about what people would think. Negative thoughts resurfaced, and I struggled with the idea of gaining weight during pregnancy. It was a vulnerable position, and I compared myself to pregnancy books’ guidelines.
We decided to move closer to family, adding stress to an already challenging time. I resisted buying new clothes due to the move, triggering memories of past struggles with body image. The change in location and wardrobe compounded the emotional turmoil.
My OB’s advice on hunger conflicted with societal norms. I felt pressured to control weight gain, and the fear of judgment loomed. The experience became overwhelming, and I began questioning my body and its changes.
Around 14 weeks, a miscarriage scare shifted my perspective. I realized the priority was a healthy baby, not my body’s appearance. I confronted my anger about the physical changes, acknowledging it without judgment. This marked a turning point.
Pregnancy is a unique and transformative experience, and navigating body image challenges is a part of that journey. By sharing my struggles and coping strategies, I hope to reassure others that they are not alone and that it’s okay to embrace the complexities of pregnancy. Remember, self-compassion and redirecting focus to what truly matters can make the journey more manageable.
I appreciate you joining me on this episode of the Food Freedom Lab. If you’re seeking more support, connect with me on Instagram @itsryannnicole or join my free Facebook group at facebook.com/group/itsryannnicole.
Licensed Therapist, Certified Nutritionist, and Virtual Wellness Coach
Ryann is a licensed therapist and virtual wellness coach who has assisted individuals worldwide in establishing a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.
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