Plus Size Stigma and Pregnancy

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There can be a lot of stigma and judgement for fat people giving birth. This article includes personal stories, tips, and resources for reducing stigma and supporting fat pregnant people.

“According to my BMI, I was categorized as ‘morbidly obese’ but according to my midwife I wasn’t ‘high risk.’ At the beginning of my pregnancy, I was working with an OB-GYN and was given the standard ‘don’t gain more than 15-20 pounds’ speech. I didn’t find this very helpful. When I started working within the midwifery model of care I felt fully supported.”