I gained ~35 pounds with this pregnancy and felt pretty good about it. I exercised up until the day before I delivered and ate really healthy. I also tried my best to stay stress-free, considering I lost my mom in the process. Thoughts of post-part-um weight-loss always lingered in the back of my mind but until I delivered, I was just trying to figure out if I would ever go in to labor! Pregnancy was getting uncomfortable.
Now that I’m almost 3 weeks post-delivery, thoughts of losing the baby weight are strong, but not so all-consuming that I’m cutting extreme calories. I’ve accepted long ago that my body is not going to immediately look like it did pre-pregnancy. My uterus needs time to shrink back to normal size and so do my hips. Nursing is going to help, but I still need to make sure I’m getting adequate nutrition to produce milk (and nutritious milk at that). I’ve also been taking it easy with my recovery; stitches, a spinal headache, and sore nipples will do that to you. Thankfully my spinal headache is gone and nursing is almost pain-free. I’m actually feeling pretty awesome at this point and have been trying to start exercising. From what I’ve read, the most important thing to do is listen to your body. If you worked out your entire pregnancy and feel up to it, you can resume light exercise as early as 2 weeks! So I started an exercise routine last week…but nothing too strenuous! I’m pretty confident that if I let myself fully recover and start slow, it will pay off 10-fold at the gym in a few weeks! Patience is a virtue.
This is the workout plan I set for last week:
- Monday: 30 minute EASY walk.
- Tuesday: 40 minute Pregnancy toning video (meant for 3rd trimester Mommas!).
- Wednesday: 45 minute power walk.
- Thursday: Rest (if that’s possible with a newborn)!
- Friday: 20 minute toning with free weights.
- Saturday: 3 mile remembrance walk in honor of my mom (very light).
- Sunday: Rest.
I know this exercise regimen may sound like too much too soon, but I swear I’m just doing what feels right for me. Keep in mind that I kept pretty active up until the day before I delivered, so it’s not like I’m starting at square one. If you never worked out before, 2 weeks post-delivery is not the time to go crazy. Also, some women need more recovery time than others and that’s okay!! Like I said, this is what is right for me! Exercise makes me feel good and is my little hour or so to myself; I need it.
In light of the exercise routine above, I’m honestly not crying about the number on the scale. Since losing 1 pound last week, I have 14 more to go!!! By 3 months post-par-tum I should be close to my pre-pregnancy weight. But that’s not really my priority, I’m just focusing on that for the blog because it’s a health and weight-loss blog!
What my priority really is? Embracing motherhood. It’s the toughest job I’ve ever had, but one of the most rewarding. I don’t want to miss a minute of these early moments because I was depressed about my body. In all honesty, I feel pretty great about where I’m at (hard to believe I’m saying that with all my past body image issues). I know this is so cliche to say but I am truly amazed by the female body. I grew a life. I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t have little Hannah to show for it; a miracle that means so much more than a few extra pounds.
I do want to keep updating about my post-pregnancy weight-loss because the focus of my blog is health, fitness, nutrition, and weight-loss!! I hope you will follow me on my journey and be inspired to lose weight yourself, if that is what you need. I hope to show other moms out there that it is possible to get your body back after baby and I will share how I’m trying to do just that!
Week 2 eats:
- Breakfasts: Oatmeal with berries, chia seeds, and nut butter; Kashi GoLean cereal with banana and 1/2 c. milk; 2 eggs with garlic and onion + banana with 1 T nut butter.
- Lunches: Variety of salads: mixed greens, broccoli, avocado, beans, corn, egg, etc. with a homemade vinaigrette.
- Snacks: Fruits, organic blue corn tortilla chips, plain yogurt + berries, carrots and hummus or nut butters, almonds.
- Dinners: Mexican chicken casserole; pancakes; vegetable lasagna
- Treats: Whole Foods Caramel Bar (delish)!