You MOSS be jok­ing!

Terri was no su­per­model, but why not a su­per­mum?

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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.’

The cheek!

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

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