Maybe this will become a series. I’ll try to update monthly if you’re interested.
While pregnant, I was a pretty active person. I ate healthy, exercised moderately, and tried to stay within the recommended weight gain (which I did gaining about 32 pounds). I read a lot about healthy pregnancies and was hopeful that getting my body back wouldn’t be too hard.
I was happy that within a few weeks after delivery, I lost over 20 pounds and am within 10 pounds of where I want to be. I know my body will be very different for quite a while, even when I get back to the number on the scale I want to see. Because of breastfeeding, my bust is quite larger which is really very annoying. Most of my shirts from before don’t fit! Luckily, I wear stretchy Lululemon pants and t-shirts from Gap or Banana Republic or exercise tank tops every single day.
(below at 34 weeks pregnant)
Once I got home from the hospital, I never put on maternity clothes again. I thought I’d be wearing them for a little while, but I was just sooo ready to toss them in a different closet until next time.
For pants, I quickly fit into my old Lululemon Groove pants and leggings, even though they were a little snug. I was just happy to be wearing normal clothes again!
(below on the day we went to the hospital! 39 weeks, 3 days)
Now at 6 weeks post baby, I am still not in pre-baby jeans, and it might be a while. They are able to button, but there’s quite a bit of excess that isn’t welcomed. Also, my hips are still quite a bit wider which I hope will move in eventually. Did you know the uterus actually takes 6 weeks to decompress?
As for exercise, my doctor said to take it easy for six weeks. I had a second degree tear which needed time to heal. At about the two week mark, I started feeling muucch better and started taking short walks with dog and baby. Short like just a few blocks and very slow.
(below about 3 weeks post baby)
Then a couple weeks later, I started taking solo walks around the neighborhood for 30 minutes. Then 45 minutes. I also went back to the gym at 4 weeks post baby for easy treadmill sessions, light upper body weights and some stretching.
My muscles are very tight. My muscles are very non-existent, except for my right bicep where I hold the baby.
I thought it would be frustrating to start from scratch, but it’s not. I just had a baby! It’s an amazing thing that your body can do. I’m a little pre-occupied and tired to be doing much else.
I’m not sure what activities I will resume and how intense I’ll exercise. It is likely it won’t be everyday. It’s really hard to get to a class or the gym when you have limited time between feedings. And when someone is here to watch Logan, exercise might not be the one thing I want to do with my hour away. There are grocery shopping and errands or a shower! It’s also quite a workout just entertaining the baby daily. We walk, bounce, and play and it’s very tiring! Not to mention, breastfeeding burns a lot of calories too.
So that’s the update for now. I hope by next month to be in more of a daily routine and be more active at the gym. Maybe I’ll even find time to make it to a class!