Susan Thomson was the same as any expectant young mum looking forward to finding out the sex of her unborn child at her scan, and sharing this with her family.
However, the 35-year-old was told by the medical team at her 20-week scan that her unborn son had Congenital Heart Defects.
The medical team explained to Susan that she should start to prepare for the worst case scenario. The pregnancy continued in a blur of hospital appointments and scans.
It was during this time of uncertainty that Susan found herself comfort eating to deal with the stress of the situation.
Alistair was born in January 2012 weighting 6lb 12oz and looked to all intents and purposes a healthy bouncing baby boy.
He spent the first two weeks of his life in hospital, and Susan stayed with him, binge eating on chocolates and take-away – anything that was quick and easy so she could spent as much time with her baby.
In the UK nine out of every 1,000 babies are born with this particular condition which can only be treated with daily medication and open heart surgery once the babies are old enough. Alistair has undergone two surgeries so far and will need further operations to keep him healthy.
Having Alistair home was a very special moment and led to Susan’s partner proposing on the first Christmas the family spent together.
It wasn’t until Susan started shopping for her wedding dress that she realised she had gained over three stones during her pregnancy. Desperate to celebrate their union as a family Susan made up her mind to lose weight.
Susan said: “If I can cope with everything I have so far – I can lose weight too”.
She joined her local Slimming World group and started on her journey.
“I swapped my carry out favourites for healthier versions such as Slimming World curries and kebabs and was amazed when I started losing weight”
It took Susan about two years to achieve her goal weight – dropping from a size 18 to a petite Size 12 for her special day.
It was only a week after Susan reached her target weight that she tied the knot with partner William in a small family gathering witnessed by both their children.
Susan added: “I felt amazing on my wedding day having my family there with us to celebrate. It was a dream come true”.
She is now so passionate about how Slimming World has helped change her life that she is embarking on a new career as a consultant and is launching a brand new group.
Susan’s Slimming World group will be held at Titwood Bowling Club, Glencairn Drive, Pollockshields every Tuesday at 7.30 pm from November 1.