Body After Baby: Week 1

Body After Baby: Week 1

This was originally published on my old blog www.cyntheology.com

I can’t believe it has already been one week since we welcomed our little boy!  So far it has been a completely different experience when we brought home our little girl.   We learned A LOT from those first few weeks with her.  Mostly we figured out how to establish a good routine that actually works for us.  So far so good!

I’m still recovering from childbirth and adjusting to having two babies under 1 year old at home.  So far my physical recovery has been great!  I have to keep reminding myself to not push myself too hard.  I’m not used to taking it easy, so pulling myself back from all those house projects I’ve been wanting to do is tough.

Even though my physical recovery has been great, my hormones are all over the place.  I find myself tearing up and getting weepy for no reason at all.  I know it is completely normal, but it still sucks.  We are also on the lookout for postpartum depression.  I had mild PPD after my last birth, so my husband and I are watching out for the signs.

Fitness During Pregnancy

I kept up an “ok” level of fitness throughout most of my pregnancy.  I took a yoga class one day a week and worked out with a personal trainer twice a week.  I tapered off those between weeks 32 and 34, because it was just getting too difficult for me.   Still I was proud of myself for going as long as I did.

My husband and I also went on several low-moderate hikes.  Not on a regular basis but quite a few.

Setting New Goals 

I know a lot of women want to get back to a certain weight or jean size, but really I just want to get back to my old fitness level.   It has been more than two years since my last half-marathon and I miss running!  There are a couple of local races coming up next year that I would like run, but I know I have a long road to get there.  It is so easy to lose the fitness level and so hard to get it back!

Still I have to start somewhere.  So here it is.  I’m going to try to post these updates weekly.  They won’t always be as long as this one.

Body After Baby Date Weight
Day I entered hospital to give birth August 31, 2016 176.8 lbs
Post-Partum Week 1 September 8, 2016 159.6 lbs

Workout

LOL!  Working out, yeah right!  I’ve gone on a few leisurely walks to get out of the house and get some fresh air.  In a few weeks I’ll start thinking about a regular training plan, but right now I’m not ready.

Food

Since I had gestational diabetes again during this pregnancy, I had to watch my diet carefully.  Well now I’m free an clear, so I’m giving myself a little free eating time to munch on things like cheesy puff balls if I want to without worry.

Sleep

We already learned our lessons about sleep the first time around.  We know babies tend to need feedings every 2-3 hours. We also know that we do not do well as a team when neither of us has slept.   To make things as easy on us as possible, we decided to alternate nights with the baby.  It means one of us is always getting a good night’s sleep which makes all the difference in the world!

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