You MOSS be joking!
Terri was no supermodel, but why not a supermum?
Lifting up my T-shirt, I proudly presented my tummy to the watching world. ‘This will feel a little cold,’ smiled the sonographer, squeezing some jelly on my belly.
I was 12 weeks pregnant, and me and my boyfriend, Aaron Cullern, couldn’t wait to get the first glimpse of our little bean.
‘Can’t believe we’re doing this,’ Aaron, 26, grinned.
But the sonographer seemed to be spending a lot of time squinting at the screen…
‘Hang on a moment,’ she said. ‘It’s difficult to find your baby as you have a lot of cushioning.’
A wave of shame washed over me.
Tears welled in my eyes, but this wasn’t a new experience for me...
At 21st 9lb, I’d always been the heaviest girl in the room.
I’d skip breakfast and graze throughout the day on biscuits, chocolate and crisps.
My job in a pub didn’t help. Temptation abounded, and
I’d hoover up customers’ leftover chips and down pints after work.
So, when Aaron asked me out, two months after we’d got chatting on an online dating site, I was thrilled.
Aaron, a carpenter, had a similar sense of humour to me, and he helped me forget my body-confidence issues.
When I unexpectedly fell pregnant that same month, we decided to take our relationship to the next level.
We barely knew each other, but I knew that I’d make motherhood work.
But thanks to my rapidly growing belly, I was no yummy mummy.
And, after my scan humiliation, the stinging comments from medical staff kept coming thick and fast…
At six months gone, I saw a doctor about my birthing plan.
‘An epidural might not be possible at your size,’ she sighed. ‘Let’s face it, you’re no Kate Moss.’
That time, I was more angry than ashamed.
Even my plans for a water birth were scuppered, as they said I was so big I exceeded their BMI restrictions.
When Beau was born on 22 April 2014, weighing 5lb 13oz, I fell so in love that I forgot all about my blubbery body.
But as she started crawling and rolling around, I was always out of breath trying to keep up with her.
I wanted to be able to get off the couch quicker than she could move! ‘This can’t go on,’ I sighed. So, in January 2015, I signed up to Slimming World, where I tipped the scales at 21st 9lb.
I deleted our favourite takeaway app, and swapped frozen pies and pasta bakes for homemade chicken and veg.
Dropping 9st over two years, I’m now 12st.
‘You’re like a new woman,’ Aaron grins.
I’m still no Kate Moss, but I feel like I’ve gone from cakewalk to catwalk!
Terri Seager, 27, Beck Row, Suffolk
Me, Aaron and Beau are one big happy, healthy family now
… but I still lived life to the full
I was used to being the heaviest girl in the room…
My pregnancy changed my outlook on life