Post Baby Body

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. 

2 1/2 weeks post-baby!

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)!
This list just gives you a rough idea of what I’ve been noshing on the past week…which helped me lose 1 pound. I’m trying my best to keep it as healthy as possible since what I eat influences Hannah and my milk supply!

After Hannah's first official bath!

QUESTION: How soon did you start exercising post-pregnancy? 

 

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10 comments to Post Baby Body

  • I’m glad to hear things are going well with you, and the baby! I’m sure it’s not easy to lose post-baby weight, but for someone like you it’s definitely going to be easier (because you’re so motivated and driven). I like your realistic goals. I’m sure I will be like you and jump right back into working out hard, because like you, it makes me feel GREAT!
    Can’t wait to read more about it, and follow you along your next journey

  • You look great and that baby is beautiful! Glad you are going in with a realistic and healthy mindset.

  • Hi Erin! What a little cutie! I have been trying to get a few walks in here and there, the problem is now that I have three other children at home (well school just started back) and am getting 3-5 hours of sleep a night! I am a little over 4 weeks post partum and have taken about 4 walks. Now that school has started again hopefully I can get back into my work out routine!
    Glad you are feeling better and able to get some exercise in!

  • Hi Erin, sounds like you have a fantastic, balanced approach. And awww….that picture of gorgeous little Hannah after batch? Made me awww. She’s really lovely!!! :)

  • Hey Erin! I hope you are feeling well and enjoying every second with that beautiful baby girl! You know my PBB story. It took my 8-9 months to fit into my jeans again. It takes lots of time….but you know that! Count your blessing that you are able to walk and stuff. I couldn’t walk to my bathroom without crying the first 3 weeks. Ouch. I started working out light at 5-6 weeks. You definitely need to train your bod to not be pregnant, so listening to it and easing into it is smart. I hope you can stay relaxed. I know it’s hard! But it sounds like you have a good attitude.

  • I think you have the right mentality!
    It is not easy to lose, but you are patient and doing it the right way.
    Love the meals you have been enjoying! YUM!

  • You’re doing great girl. I am nearly 8 months out and still haven’t lost it. I fit in my old clothes and am more toned though so I guess that’s good?

    I couldn’t walk more than a mile at time for nearly the first 10 weeks due some pretty horrible post partum issues. Oye. Be thankful your body is letting you move!

    And in enjoy that precious girl :)

  • Aubrey Whewell

    Congrats Erin! So glad to hear things are going well! I started working out around 4 weeks postpartum. My favorite was Erin O’Brien’s post-pregnancy fitness video. It is a progression so it starts you at exercises that are appropriate for the first few weeks out and all the way to several weeks out. Remember, you have to train your body to not be pregnant (it doesn’t just do that by itself which is why a lot of women don’t fully recover in a good way – aches and pains, etc). I really didn’t worry about the weightloss until about 6 months and then at 10 months I really dug in (it can take 10-12 months for a body to fully recover from pregnancy – kinda the idea that it takes just as long to take off what you put on). It sounds like you have a good grip on things and will do well! What a great role-model you will be/and are for baby girl! Congrats again and hope to see you soon!

  • You look great and love your outlook, honestly, patience, and most importantly that you are LISTENING to your body! Keep up the great work. You look beautiful and CONGRATS! xoxo

  • What a great attitude you have. Obviously your #1 right now is your beautiful baby girl, I love that you’re keeping up with your exercise too. That time to yourself is very important. Congratulations!

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