In this week’s episode I’m talking to fat-positive fertility coach Nicola Salmon and founder of the non-profit website Big Birthas Amber Marshall about what it’s like to experience pregnancy in a bigger body.
In this episode we’ll be discussing the experiences of those in a bigger body. From trying to conceive, through their pregnancy journey, and to their labour options and beyond. Amber and Nicola have spent years researching, and sharing their findings, surrounding fertility and pregnancy for those with a higher BMI / in a bigger body. This was a fascinating episode.
Pregnancies associated with a higher BMI are often classified as high-risk. And with this label can come a lot of anxiety and shame. Weight stigma has been shown to have negative impacts on the health of an individual in a bigger body. So there’s no wonder it can affect how someone experiences pregnancy – a time that should be positive and exciting.
Nicola and Amber try to break down some of the information, and advice, given to pregnant women in a bigger body, and help show that you can have a positive pregnancy experience, no matter your size.
I hope you enjoy what they have to say and can use what you learn to support others or yourself.
Nicola Salmon, a fat-positive fertility coach and author of “Fat and Fertile”, helps fat folks navigate getting pregnant in a weight-obsessed world. She also advocates for change in how fat people are treated whilst accessing help with their fertility. She uses her unique fat positive framework to support people in finding their own version of health without diets, advocate for their bodies, relearn how to trust their body and believe in their ability to get pregnant.
► Check out Nicola’s website HERE
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Amber Marshall created bigbirthas.co.uk to provide information and support for people experiencing pregnancy with a BMI 30+. Having had two healthy, unremarkable pregnancies and births with a BMI 40+, she is a firm believer that having a high BMI is not necessarily a barrier to a great pregnancy, or a healthy one!
► Follow Big Birthas on Twitter HERE
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► Making decisions in pregnancy – using your B.R.A.I.N. – click HERE
► High BMI but Low Risk? – click HERE
► Water Birth for Plus-Size Pregnancies -click HERE
► High BMI waterbirth – time for trusts to take the plunge? – click HERE
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