New Mom Balloons 100 Lbs After Pregnancy, Dreads Stepping On Scale Until Sight Of Nurses Note
Noelle Talmon 9/11/2017
Most people don't like stepping on the scale to see their weight. There's often a feeling of dread that overcomes them, particularly for those who have just given birth.
Like most women, Mariah Kaitlyn Herrera does not like stepping on the scale. The new mom from Eugene, Oregon, was having a difficult time coping with the large amount of weight she gained while pregnant with her son Isaiah. But some unexpected words from a nurse changed everything.
Getting weighed was always Mariah's least favorite part about going to the doctor. And after she had her baby, her feelings about that part of the exam got 10 times worse.
She gave birth in late March, was diagnosed with postpartum depression, and was prescribed anti-anxiety medication. She adored her baby and loved being a mom, but her health was bogging her down.
Five months after delivering her son, the note from a nurse was very significant to Mariah. She was working hard to get back into shape, and it gave her a much-needed boost in confidence to get through to the next day and worry about other things besides how she looked in the mirror.
She had been working out as best as she could being a new mom with a baby. So a motivational note she was blessed with gave her the encouragement and pick-me-up she needed.
The general care nurse at Mariah's doctor's office posted the following words of wisdom on a piece of bright pink paper:
"This scale will only tell you the numerical value of your gravitational pull. It will not tell you how beautiful you are, how much your friends and family love you, or how amazing you are!!"
Those two sentences made Mariah feel so much better about herself. So, she decided to post a picture of it on Instagram and explained in the caption:
“This is the second time I’ve seen this in the doctor’s office and I LOVE IT. SERIOUSLY these should come with every scale! Completely changes how I feel about stepping on the scale especially because I know I’m working on myself."
Losing the baby weight was tough for Mariah. And even though she's working out daily, it can be a struggle. She told TODAY:
“I had a terrible pregnancy, a complicated delivery and a 100-plus pound weight gain. I ate everything in sight when I was pregnant and it completely altered everything in my body."
But when Mariah left the doctor's office that day in August, she felt like a completely different person with a brand new outlook. It's a lesson for other moms that may be feeling the same way -- although your body may look different, you're beautiful just the way you are.