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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.
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.
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If you follow my instagram, you know that I gave birth to our little girl two weeks ago! I haven’t gotten around to posting her birth story (or anything else) yet, but we’ll get there. Things have been a bit crazy!
Now lets talk about these first couple of weeks! Like I mentioned in previous posts, I wanted to dedicate these first two weeks to recovery and bonding with the new baby. I was fortunate to have had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, and I actually felt, well, not terrible after delivery. I was optimistic that I’d recover quickly. Little did I know that the little one would refuse to sleep at night at all, and I would spend the first 4-5 nights awake trying to comfort her (with little success, she was ravenous and my milk hadn’t come in). Not surprisingly, around day five I ended up getting sick. Nothing serious, just a cold. But even a cold hits you hard when your body’s worn down. Between taking care of myself and the baby, I barely gave my postpartum mushy body any thought. I barely wore the belly band I bought (that I was determined to wear constantly), I ate whatever I felt like just to get enough calories in, and I had no guilt about the fact that my daily “exercise” consisted of walking up and down the stairs a few times per day.
As the two week mark approached, my cold symptoms improved and I started to feel better. My milk came in and breastfeeding was becoming easier. The baby started sleeping a bit better at night, and I made sure to take a nap during the day if I was feeling worn down. I started to eat better (mostly!) and drink more fluids. I’d like to say I wore the belly band, but it wasn’t too comfortable so I ditched it, even though it may have been helping. On day 14 (when it was ok with my OB), I rewarded myself with my first hour away from the baby and did my first hot yoga class in almost four months! Holy crap, I’m weak and stiff. But I know it’ll get better. I think I’ll spend the next week or two strictly doing yoga for exercise before starting anything more intense. As much as I want to push myself, I know I need to take it slow to prevent injuries. And honestly, I don’t hate my postpartum body as much as I thought I would. Its different, yes. But I don’t mind it, it gave me this healthy little baby.