Postpartum Fitness Journey – Weeks 3 & 4

These past two weeks have been so much easier than the first two, although definitely still challenging! I have been able to take better care of myself and feel my body is on the path to recovery… slowly.

postpartum belly first month

All about food

I never weigh myself and actually don’t own a scale, but I was weighed at my four week postpartum check. For what its worth, I weighed in at 116.8lbs, which is 4-5 more pounds than pre-pregnancy. I’m not at all focused on losing weight, but I do want to continue to slim down and tone up. And watching what I eat is the best way to do that. I am breastfeeding, so I know I need more calories than usual. But I have no idea how many calories I actually need. So, I’m essentially eating however much I want whenever I want, and I don’t think I’m overeating. I do try to eat healthful foods, overall. I start out each morning with oatmeal or malt-o-meal, snack on fruit and yogurt, and eat a good amount of veggies in my (pre-made and frequently microwavable) lunches and dinners.

Sleep is nice

Sleep is extremely important during recovery (and always, obviously). Unfortunately, I’m not getting much of it. Breastfeeding means waking up every 2-3 hours (to nurse for an hour, so there’s only 1-2 hours of sleep between sessions). No fun. I typically get 3-4 hours of sleep total per night. They say to sleep when your baby sleeps, but I swear, this little one hardly sleeps. She’s a crier and fluctuates from light sleep to crying constantly throughout the day when shes not eating (and sometimes when she is eating). I’ve gotten some 30 minute naps, but not more than one per day. Not much can be done about this right now… it’ll eventually pass, they say.

Go work out

I’ve been easing back into exercise since 2 weeks postpartum. It helps me stay sane. I started with yoga and am now back to my regular workouts (with some modifications). It feels great. I’d like to exercise daily, but am only getting there about every other day at this point. Once the baby is six weeks old I’ll bring her to baby wearing barre classes on the days I don’t have someone to watch her.  I thought about bringing her out sooner, but I’d rather keep her inside during cold and flu season until she’s at that safer age.