Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Postpartum Bod

Pre-pregnancy I was in pretty much the best shape I've been in since high school. I had lost a lot of weight and was in a good routine of working out at least 5 days a week. I did a great job the first 30 weeks of pregnancy where I continued cardio, light weight training, and Zumba. But then week 30 hit, and so did the fatigue of late pregnancy... and I just couldn't do it anymore. An hour of exercise would take me a full day to recover from. 

Luckily between my first trimester morning sickness and exercising as long as I did, I didn't gain too much weight during pregnancy. My grand total was 33 pound which is right within the 25-35 pounds my OB recommended. One week after Fynn was born I had lost 13 pounds which felt amazing. When else in your life can you lose 13 pounds in a week and have it be completely healthy? Going from this:





To this:
One Week Postpartum - I look about 5 months pregnant here


In a week was pretty encouraging. By week 2 I had lost a total of 15 pounds. While the weight loss slowed way down (since, you know, I didn't have a 6 pound human being and all her accompanying fluids come out of me that week) I still felt good that the number on the scale was going down.

I knew this wouldn't continue until I got to my pre-pregnancy weight (but a girl can dream... right?) however I was hoping it would continue a few more weeks, at least until I'm allowed to work out again. This whole 6-week recovery thing is hard after 38 weeks of pregnancy. I feel well enough to exercise, but I've been told not to, so I'm holding off. At the same time I feel fat and gross... and there's nothing I can do about it!!!! I can't exercise AND I can't diet because I'm nursing and dieting could affect my milk supply. We had enough struggles establishing breastfeeding without adding supply issues in. 
6 Weeks Postpartum- getting better!

Today is 6 weeks postpartum. I have my check up tomorrow, and then I can work out. However, I'm still in a tricky situation with weight loss. I still can't "diet" since I'm nursing (though cutting out all the oreos would probably be a good idea). I also have to be careful about exercising too much because that can affect my milk supply too if I burn too many calories. My plan is to start out slow, I had planned on rejoining my gym at this point, but realized that it's impractical. I can't go during the day right now, because I have Fynn and there's no way I'm sacrificing any of our family time at night. While I'd like to think I would go once I'm working again... I know that for the first few months I'm going to be booking it out of school at the end of the day to pick up my baby. So for now I'm going to stick with at home workouts. Mostly jogging and workout videos (Jillian Michaels can kick my butt better than any trainer at the gym). 

She's so worth it though! 

My goal is to lose all the baby weight by the time Fynn is 6 months. I know it took 9 months to put on that weight, so I know it will take awhile to take it off. I'm trying to be practical about it... but it's so hard to be patient! 

3 comments:

  1. I feel ya! I am almost 5 months post baby & my body is....not my pre-pregnancy body. I luckily was able to lose all of my baby weight, but I also am (and was) a lot bigger then you were. You will get there! Each time I feel down about my body, I just look at my little girl & forget everything. :)

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  2. I think you are right on track!!! You look great for just having a baby!!!

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  3. whoa girl! You look awesome, I'm so jealous! I'm more than 5 months postpartum and JUST starting to get somewhat back to my old self (although my body will never be the same). Don't worry too much about your weight, that was a mistake I made. You really do look soooo good especially after having a baby just SIX WEEKS AGO.

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