My baby died when I was 17 weeks pregnant, causing me to gain 3 stone and causing cruel trolls to call me a “whale.”
Stephanie Coleman had already been heartbroken when her baby died at 17 weeks of pregnancy.
But cruel trolls dubbed the 27-year-old, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, a WHALE after her miscarriage caused her weight to rise by three stone.
She tells her story to Fabulous here…
I zipped up my jeans, but the button popped open as I did so.
I’d noticed the weight gain for a while and attributed it to stress – I was studying hard at college, but I’d also lost a baby at 17 weeks.
Despite my difficulties, I continued to eat a healthy diet.
I stood on the scales a few weeks later and exclaimed.
Three pounds had been added to my weight.
My clothes were baggy a few weeks later.
I’d lost the three pounds I’d gained, plus a few more.
It was difficult for me to comprehend.
As I yo-yoed between a size 12 and 18, my weight continued to fluctuate.
When I was at my heaviest, I was frequently labeled as fat or lazy, and when I lost weight, I was accused of using drugs.
Hunter, my son, was born when I was 21 years old.
Being a single parent was difficult after his father and I divorced.
Even when I couldn’t afford to eat anything but rice and vegetables, the pounds continued to pile on.
I received an Instagram notification for a photo I had posted one day.
‘Someone has harpooned a whale,’ someone had written.
Tears welled up in my eyes.
I wished I had a better understanding of why my weight fluctuated so much.
I started having headaches, heart palpitations, and eye pain when Hunter was 18 months old.
I’d lost weight once more, was always tired, and had hot sweats and tremors.
I went back to my doctor, who ordered a blood test for me.
It revealed that my thyroid was overactive.
After that, I went to see a consultant who looked over my test results and symptoms.
He told her she had Grave’s disease.
I discovered it was an autoimmune disease in which antibodies attacked the thyroid, causing increased thyroid hormone production and hyperthyroidism.
‘It appears that your fluctuating hormone levels are the cause of your weight fluctuations,’ he said.
He also mentioned that stress or trauma could be a trigger at times.
I realized that my deteriorating health could have been caused by the tragic loss of my baby.
I was given medication to stop the overproduction of thyroid hormones rather than antidepressants.
I met my partner Dan soon after, and we had a son named Colson.
I’m weighing myself now…
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