4 Weeks Post-Baby Body

I am officially 4 weeks post-part-um and things are slowly getting easier with Miss Hannah. For starters, I am gradually getting to know what her different cries mean and that is extremely helpful. I’m also getting better about living on broken sleep; makes for a more productive mommy while Hannah naps! I also love how she seems to know my voice. She’s such a sweetpea.

Just love her.

 

As for post baby body? I am really getting antsy to fit back in to my pre-pregnancy clothes!!! Granted, it’s only been 4 weeks since I had Miss Hannah, but who doesn’t want to wear their old skinny jeans after 10 months in maternity clothes? But let’s be honest here…not going to happen for awhile. With about 14 more pounds to go, here’s what the belly looks like.

 

3 1/2 weeks post-baby

 

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve actually had to lose any substantial amount of weight. It’s not a fun process!!!

Since last week’s update, I’ve had my good moments and my bad moments in regards to my body. I mostly get upset because I have nothing to wear. I am living in stretchy pants/shorts and baggy T’s. I know I need to give my body plenty of time to heal, but I also don’t want to go out and spend money on more clothes just to feel less frumpy.

I know there are A LOT of women who get depressed about their post-baby body and this is why I feel it so important to document my journey. I want to share and be honest about my ups and downs. This past week I’ve been more down, but I’m not going to let depression happen to me. I think people set unrealistic expectations for themselves or feel pressure from others to bounce back in 6 weeks. I know I feel pressure being a dietitian. The reality is healing and weight-loss don’t happen that way! There’s no such thing as overnight results. If you want to see change, you have to work for it slowly over time. After having a baby, you need to take care of YOU. Dieting and extreme exercising will only lead to fatigue and injury.

MY GOAL:

Ultimately, I’d like to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight by March 2013. I may reach that goal sooner, but I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. I am in my friend’s wedding and feel March is a realistic goal. I’m no celebrity; 6 weeks just ain’t gonna happen, sorry people! 9 months to gain, 9 months to lose!!

Week 4 Exercise:

  • Monday: Mall trip with a friend and 30 minutes elliptical.
  • Tuesday: Strength and tone session; biceps/triceps/hips/thighs.
  • Wednesday: 1 hour walk with Miss Hannah in tow.
  • Thursday: Yoga/Pilates
  • Friday: 30 minutes Elliptical.
  • Saturday: REST
  • Sunday: Workout DVD including strength and cardio

Week 4 Dinner Eats:

  • Monday: Grass-fed burgers + salad
  • Tuesday: Whole wheat pancakes + fruit
  • Wednesday: Pesto+ veggie paninis + broccoli
  • Thursday: Eggs + veggies + fruit
  • Friday: TBD
  • Saturday: BBQ with friends
  • Sunday: TBD
Question: Did you have any depressive thoughts post-baby? How did you overcome them?

 

 

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10 comments to 4 Weeks Post-Baby Body

  • Hannah is just too cute!! For only 4 weeks post baby, I think you are doing absolutely amazing!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  • Hannah is so cute!!! :) And you are looking great yourself! Your plan looks great — I know you can reach your goals by March. We all believe in you. :)

  • She’s such a cutie! I love that you are calling her “Miss Hannah.” So precious.
    I here about a lot of mothers who have depression after birth, and I have this suspicion I will be one of them. For me, I think exercise will be one of my key factors in getting me back to normal (physically and mentally) and I have to be careful not to let my post-pardomness get the best of me, and I’ll need to get off my butt!! IT sounds like you’re doing just that. Take it one day at a time. You look great.

  • I have to say, I think you look amazing!!! I know it seems like a long time to get to your pre-pregnancy bod, but I have no doubt you will be there before you know it! :)

  • Four weeks is no time at all! I hope you can keep focusing on that and know that you look amazing, and your body will take care of itself with time. I appreciate the frustration as well though :S Still, 9 months of pregnancy will not reverse in even 2 months I suspect!

  • I keep getting a sore back when i do Yoga, any tips?

  • I REALLY admire your open approach to post-baby weight loss, seriously. I KNOW you’ll more than kill that goal too btw — you are not only motivated as all hell but you went into pregnancy as fit as EVER so you’ll bounce back quickly, I just know it. Rock on my friend!

    PS. your little one is so freakin’ cute, what a munchkin!

  • I think it’s normal to want to lose the weight and to get back to your fitness routine but just know that you are amazing with or without the extra lbs and your little one will love you no matter what!! Congratulations :)

  • Well you look fantastic! Better at 3 weeks than I did at 6 months so please try not to put pressure on yourself. It sounds like you logically know, but I understand how it is and how hard it is to not be impatient! I remember being so uncomfortable, and not wanting to spend $$$ on new clothes. You’re luck we’re going into the fall. I say just still wear cute maternity stuff (you will feel more comfortable), nice leggings, long tops and button down shirts!

  • Charmagne

    Congratulations on EVERYTHING! I understand not wanting to spend money on clothes, but if you have designer or label consignment shops in your area (like Plato’s closet) you might want to consider checking them out. They have great stuff for CHEAP. Many items still have the store’s tags on them and all others are VERY gently used. Best of luck!

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