A 35-year-old mother who lost almost three stone after suffering the heartbreak of losing her second daughter during labour, has decided to take over the Beccles and Worlingham Slimming World groups to inspire others to shed the pounds.

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Joanna Britton of Worlingham put on more than two-and-a-half stone during her first pregnancy and was determined to keep her weight down after falling pregnant for a second time.

But half way through Mrs Britton’s weight rocketed to about 15 stone - as she gained more weight than she had throughout her entire first pregnancy.

Mrs Britton said: “My love of chocolate, cake, puddings and generally anything sweet took over. I didn’t weigh myself again until my 40th week and was so gutted at what I had done to myself.”

Mrs Britton lost her second daughter during labour in 2009.

She said: “I’d been unhappy with my weight for my entire pregnancy and in the weeks after we lost Farrah I was devastated and felt I would never be happy again. I lost count of how many people stopped to ask when my baby was due as I was so overweight. I had lost my baby and myself. I couldn’t wear anything but maternity clothes and unable to do a size 18 trouser up.”

Eight weeks after losing Farrah, in a bid to get her life back on track, Mrs Britton joined a Slimming World group in Carlton Colville and used the plan to help her gain control of her weight and deal with her emotional loss.

She said: “I looked forward to my group every week, knowing I had really good support and doing something for myself was really empowering.”

In November 2010, Mrs Britton reached her target weight after losing two stone 12 pounds, and now weighs just over ten stone.

She also discovered she was pregnant for a third time.

She added: “Slimming World helped keep me on track for a safe, healthy pregnancy. I returned to the group when my son was 12-days-old with only eight pounds to lose to get back to my target.

“Food optimising through my pregnancy with my midwife’s support helped me keep control of my weight and focus on the end result meaning that the surgeons had a less complicated caesarean section to perform with less risk to my baby and me.”

Mrs Britton took over as the new Slimming World consultant at St Luke’s Church in Beccles on Tuesday, which runs from 10am to noon, and will also be opening up an evening Beccles group at a new venue, Worlingham Primary School in Garden Lane, this Tuesday, which will run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

For more information call Mrs Britton on 01502 717868.

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