Many women say that they feel massive when they’re pregnant. With the massive baby bump, swollen hands, and feet, can you blame them?
But to the untrained eye, what we see may not be what they’re feeling. This is especially true during the early stages of pregnancy. A stranger may not be able to tell if a woman is pregnant.
This was not the case for a pregnant woman in England. Even in the early weeks, her belly was so full. By the end of her first trimester, people thought she was due any day.
The woman’s name is Lara Carpenter-Beck, and she was having her first child. She has type I diabetes, which means her pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin.
Those with type I diabetes manage it with a diet, exercise and taking insulin. This is important for women who are having a baby.
The CDC states that the risks associated with pregnancy and type I diabetes are birth defects, high blood pressure, and weight gain. Lara was unaware of how much weight gain was coming. By the time 32 weeks came, the baby weighed 6 pounds.
The normal weight for a baby at 37-40 weeks is 6-9 pounds. Lara told The Daily Mail that it was extremely tough carrying that extra weight because she was not used to it. She adds that when she laid on her back, it felt like the weight was crushing her.
At 36 weeks, Lara’s water finally broke. She was rushed to the hospital where she was administered an emergency C-section.
She had a baby girl named Savannah, who weighed in at 9 pounds, 5 ounces. But the way Lara’s belly looked; you would think the baby would be much heavier.
After it was all said and done, Lara gained 90 lbs. during her first pregnancy. With hard work and dedication, she managed to lose that weight within a year.
In 2016, Lara and her husband Chris had a second child named Indiana. Lara experienced another massive baby bump, but she said it was worth it, according to The Mirror.