I am not really to sure where to start this post, but I wanted to try and raise awareness of the issue of being underweight. Since the birth of my youngest daughter Lottie, I have battled with my weight. I eat three good meals a day as well as numerous snacks between meals, but I just can't gain weight!
Many people may think "oh how I would love to be that thin!", well I can tell you its not lovely, is awful! I get told that I look anorexic sometimes although I am most certainly not. I am trying all I can to gain weight but its not working.
I have an under active thyroid that may be playing a part in my weight but if anything, the classic symptoms of having an under active thyroid is being overweight, so I don't fit the medical norm - nothing unusual there then!
Being underweight brings much stress, and I think combined with my thyroid condition, I am prone to picking up illness easier, and generally feel worn out.
I am very fortunate that I have an amazing GP who really looks out for me and she is monitoring my weight and trying to help me in my weight gain. She has prescribed me some shakes in order to try and get a few more calories into me, so two shakes a day are between 700-800 calories in addition to what I already eat. I was weighed nearly two months ago and came in at 46kg, I was then weighed again nearly a month ago and I had gained only 1 kg! I have my next weigh in on Tuesday so I am really hoping for another gain. If not its a referral to a dietician and possibly an endocrinologist!
I'll probably write about this again in a few months to provide an update.
Wish me luck!