The Benefits of a Few Extra Pounds


I gained 35 pounds with pregnancy. It would  have easily been 40 or 45, except that I missed out on that last month of pregnancy. Now that the baby is here, the long-term goal is to get back to that magical pre-baby weight. I say “long-term goal” because now that I’ve been able to slip into all of my jeans, I’m not super concerned about the remaining 10 pounds I have to lose.

The main reason I’m interested in getting the last few pounds off is for my overall health. Extra fat in the midsection puts a strain on the heart and other vital organs, so it’s essential for my long-term health that I trim it down. So, while I’m seeing the pounds melt away ever so slowly, I’m enjoying the benefits I’ve found in actually having that extra something-something on my body. Here’s what I’m loving about my extra cushion!

The Upside to Extra Pregnancy Poundage

She’s got legs. I’ve always had a little junk in the trunk. But my legs have always been twiggy little bird legs. No matter how many calf raises I do, they just don’t gain much definition or mass. During pregnancy, some of my overall weight gain landed in my calves—finally! I remember throwing on my tennis shoes one day, thinking, “Damn! My legs look good!” When my husband commented on it as well, I knew it wasn’t my imagination. So for now, I’m enjoying my new legs, even if I know their days are numbered.

Me? Cleavage? I’ve never been well endowed in the boobular region. Sure, there have been a fair number of days when I’ve wished for more curves, but my “endowment” (or lack thereof) has always seemed to fit my smaller frame. However, pregnancy and breastfeeding gave my upper body a life of its own. I may not appear to be Pamela Anderson to most, but compared to my previous self, well, va-va-va voom! I’m enjoying the boobage I have for the moment, even if I have a baby attached to said boobage most of the time.

My own personal furnace. My whole life, I’ve been freezing. I wake up cold even in the summer. I wear layers upon layers in the winter. My hands are always icy. But fall has moved in, along with much cooler temperatures, and I’m not freezing! We have our thermostat set at 65 degrees, and I’m okay with it! Before, 75 wasn’t warm enough. It’s like an alien has taken over my body. And I love this alien.

Do you have some bonus cushion? What are some of the positives of your few extra pounds? —Erin

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  1. Sarah says:

    My favorite thing about my squishy post-baby belly – no need for a Boppy pillow! Keep up the breastfeeding – 8 months post partum I weigh less than before the baby with really not much exercise (some walking) and a massive sweet tooth which I indulge quite regularly.

  2. Jenn C says:

    Definitely the boobage is a benefit of the extra post-partum pounds 🙂 Great attitude and article, Erin! I’ll read this over again when I feel bad about myself and my poochie belly. I actually lost all my weight from pregnancy but I have this jelly belly that just hangs off of me.

  3. Chrystalle says:

    I love this post! I usually find all those hippity-dippity self-love articles to be somewhat fake, particularly when they are in magazines filled with pictures of women who clearly are a fraction of the size of the average woman. But the FBG’s always keep it real, and it’s easy to tell that this post is sincere. I’m 40+ weeks pregnant and being induced tonight, so in the coming weeks and months I hope that I will be able to focus on the incredible blessing that is being a mother and not the leftover jelly in my belly. After being conscious of my weight my whole life that wil probably be tough, but it’s great to know the FBG’s are there for support. Keep up the great work, girls!