Why you shouldn’t make assumptions based on size

It really frustrates me when I hear that a health professional, when faced with a larger patient, has said that they need to exercise ‘more’, without actually establishing what exercise the person does in the first place.

This interview is an excellent example that size is not an indicator of activity levels:

http://totalwomenscycling.com/lifestyle/interviews/interview-plus-sized-athlete-krista-henderson-on-focusing-on-fitness-not-weight-loss-53606/#73Hb9MOR2gU9FSHm.97

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How many medical personnel would take one look at Krista Henderson and assume (wrongly!) that she barely gets herself off the couch?

One of the arguments for not allowing bigger women access to a birth pool is ‘the difficulty in getting in and out’.

I can think of a better way of finding out whether I can get myself in and out of a pool, and it’s not by looking at me and making a snap judgement based on prejudice.

Similarly with blood pressure. Don’t assume that I’m going to have high blood pressure because I’m heavy – you can check my blood pressure easily enough, so let’s do that and then change my treatment if need be, not assume the worst case scenario and restrict my options based on assumptions rater than facts.

In the event, my blood pressure was always on the low side, and more than once it was commented on with surprise how’ sprightly’ I was getting in and out of the pool and up stairs etc. We, Krista Henderson included, should be judged on what we’re capable of, and not our clothes size!

Nearing the end of your pregnancy? Feeling huge?

Whether you’ve enjoyed your pregnancy, or found it a trial, the last few months when you’re at your most huge/uncomfortable/tired/grouchy test us all.

So here’s a little chuckle for you. Four guys – ‘The Try Guys’ test out wearing pregnancy simulator bellies for the day. Guess what? They moan. A lot.

 

Documentary Maker Looking For Plus-Size Pregnant Ladies

Hi all, I’ve had yet another request from a documentary maker for plus-size pregnant women to feature in a programme!

As always, I have no affiliation with the production company and have not seen their previous work so cannot vouch for them, you would need to do your own research about whether or not you’d like to be involved.

Here’s the blurb I’ve been sent:

Curve Media logo

Are you expecting a baby? Is there such a thing as a ‘straight forward’ or ‘easy’ pregnancy? Do you think you’re having – or you’re likely to have- an exceptionally interesting pregnancy?

Curve Media have been commissioned by Discovery to make a second series of 6 x 60 minute episodes on the subject of pregnancy called “My Extraordinary Pregnancy”.

We’re looking for mums-to-be from all over the world, who are juggling the usual excitement and anxiety of a typical pregnancy, with an unusual situation or condition.

Something we would love to cover in the series are the antenatal differences in care for plus size Mothers. Have you been advised to lose weight during your pregnancy? Or is being plus size allowing you to have a pregnancy that you are comfortable with?  

We want to explore the realities – the highs and lows, the excitement and the inevitable anxieties that being an extraordinary pregnant mum brings, and help you share your pregnancy story.

If you’d be interested in an informal chat with a member of the My Extraordinary Pregnancy production team, please email us at extraordinarypregnancies@curvemedia.com

or call 020 3179 0099 – we’d love to talk to you.

(And of course – congratulations on your pregnancy!)

Please note: We will use and store the personal details contained in your email and any further response, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, for the sole purpose of producing the programme.

Hotmilk Nursing Bra Review

So, I was contacted by Hotmilk and asked if I’d like to do a review of one of their nursing bras. Hotmilk Nursing BraWell, I jumped at the chance because I’ve never treated myself to one of theirs. I chose this one:

Show Off Floral Nursing Bra – £32.90
in a 42GG (the largest size they currently offer is 42H).

I arrived at this measurement with a little surprise, as I normally wear a 40 FF or G, but then, I haven’t been measured in a while and it’s estimated that 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size…

In fact, following the measurements on the size guide, I should have chosen a 44GG, but Hotmilk doesn’t sell any 44 bras at present. Given the discrepancy, I ordered the 42GG and hoped for the best.

Now, before I get onto the review of the bra itself, I need to mention that the Hotmilk website and I didn’t get off to a great start.

Having decided I was looking for a 42GG bra, I entered those details into the ‘Filter by Size’ / ‘Filter by Cup’ options at the top of the page. Brilliant idea. The filter returned six bras, including
<<< this lovely number:
the Dawn Black Nursing Bra, currently on sale for £19.95 (I’ll add it to the Big Birthas Bargains page in a minute), but it turns out that in larger sizes it’s actually only available in a
38 FF, G, or H, 40 FF, or GG, and 42 C, or FF. Disappointing. This filter really needs to take account of in stock bras, in my opinion, although I can see the argument that it could be helpful to know what bras are available if you want to wait for one you really like that’s out of stock.

So, anyway, the bra arrived very quickly, and as soon as I removed it from the packet it was very clear to see that the build quality is excellent. The clips on the cups are sturdy and well-attached, the straps are wide and strong, and the adjustment buckle and ring attachments are both sturdy metal. There is also a triple row of hooks on the back fastener, with six closure positions for adjustment.

To my surprise, when I put it on it was not tight at all. Remember, I was supposed to have ordered a 44GG according to my measurements! I have actually only worn it on the tightest setting, but it is sooooo comfortable. I would even go so far as to say that it is possibly one of the most comfortable bras I have ever worn.

It doesn’t move around during the day, my boobs are held in a great position, the shoulder straps don’t dig in, and more importantly, I had no issue with the shoulder straps folding in half – which is something that occurs on some wide-strapped bras in my experience, completely negating the point of having a wide strap in the first place. This didn’t happen. Those shoulder straps are serious engineering!

The cups have a little stretch in them, so would cope well with the ebb and flow in size of breastfeeding breasts. (Again, I feel the GG is more generous than I need. If I order another I think I could be tempted to go with my usual size of 40G). The nursing clips can easy be fastened and unfastened with one hand.

My only issue is that with this design, the cups come quite high up the chest, and while I don’t wear particularly low-cut tops, my clothing choices were restricted because the bra could be seen at the neckline, but it’s a small niggle. I can always wear a different bra on those days.

All in all, I have been very impressed. Hotmilk are not the cheapest bras on the market, but you certainly get what you pay for, the quality is second to none.

You can buy direct from Hotmilk Lingerie, or their bras can also be found in varying designs, prices and sizes at other retailers such as:

Figleaves

Amazon

House of Fraser (up to 38HH, but some on sale)

Nursing Bra Shop

Bras 4 Mums

I’m off to buy a 40GG Dawn Black before they’re out of stock…