Too fat for a water birth – mum-of-two’s remarkable seven stone weight loss after pregnancy revelation
A woman who was so overweight she was told she couldn’t have a water birth in case she got stuck has shed a whopping SEVEN stone over the past 12 months.
Stunning Rachel Reid, 25, from East Kilbride, Scotland, started her weight loss journey in January this year at 17 stone and a wearing a dress size 22.
But just 12 months later Rachel is now a slinky size eight and weighs a healthy 9 stone 12 lbs and she has chronicled her shrinking figure through 12 months of motivational photos.
Mum-of-two Rachel joined Slimming World in January this year after reaching rock bottom and took a picture of herself each month to encourage her weight loss.
Rachel said: “I was miserable with myself and I didn’t feel beautiful or pretty at all.
“I was a chubby child and I would binge eat. I could regularly finished a whole pack of biscuits in one go and I would eat snacks in secret.
“Things came to an embarrassing head for me when I fell pregnant with my second child.
“I had my heart set on a water birth but I was mortified when the nurse told me that my BMI was over 40 and meant I was too heavy for one- as if something went wrong, they wouldn’t be able to get me out of the birthing pool.
“It was so embarrassing and I knew I needed to finally do something about my weight.”
After safely having her baby daughter Hollie and overindulging over Christmas, Rachel decided in January this year that she was going to join Slimming World, weighing 17 stone and wearing a size 22.
Rachel said: “I was still wearing my maternity clothes long after I had given birth to my daughter. It was a way of trying to hide my size, plus the loose and stretchy fabrics were comfortable.
“I gained weight over the years, and really piled on the pounds when I went to university because I was living off a diet of takeaways and alcohol.
“I was always the biggest out of my friends and had low self-esteem. But during my pregnancies I used it as an excuse to eat more- because I was meant to be big any way.
“But the birthing pool incident was the final straw for me.”
Rachel switched her huge portions of takeaways and sugary snacks for hearty home cooked meals with lots of vegetables and she managed to lose half a stone in her first two weeks.
Rachel said: “I was amazing and so pleased. Losing the weight in the beginning kept me motivated and for me my goal was to be a size 12- that is what I considered beautiful and I was determined to get there.”
Rachel steadily lost more and more weight and she made sure she had her picture taken each month to monitor her weight loss.
Rachel said: “I won awards with Slimming World each time I hit a weight loss milestone and when I look back over my pictures from the year I cannot believe the person from January is the same one as today.
“I reached my size 12 goal in September, but kept going with my weight loss.
“I am now in good habits and I have even started running- I am hoping to run my first marathon next year. I have so much energy now.
Rachel, who is mother to four-year-old Dylan and two-year-old Hollie, has been supported on the way by her husband Peter, a lecturer in accountancy.
Rachel said: “Peter has always told me I was beautiful but he could tell I wasn’t happy with my weight.
“When he sees me now his jaw drops- he is delighted and makes me feel amazing. I am so much more confident now and my family have supported me the whole way.”