Monday, January 31, 2011

38 1/2 Weeks - A Postpartum Update

Now that I've been not-pregnant for as long as I was pregnant, I thought it might be fun to give you a little update on how I'm doing post-baby.
(Just a warning, some of this may be a little TMI for my male readers out there.)

I have been doing great since Sam came into our world. She has been such a joy, and she's been well worth all the effort. I'm happy to say I haven't dealt with any postpartum depression. Sure, the first few weeks I was quite weepy and emotional, but that's to be expected. And it was never tears of sadness, just joy and utter exhaustion. (And those tears that seemed to appear for no apparent reason at all!)

I feel very fortunate that I have physically bounced back from pregnancy very quickly. At 10 weeks I started exercising with Stroller Strides, and by 4 months I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Then the strange thing happened: Sam's naps started conflicting with Stroller Strides, so I had to quit. And I quit exercising altogether. (Hanging my head in shame.) I thought sure I'd start gaining weight again, but strangely enough the pounds kept melting off. Granted, I have no muscle to speak of, but I'm skinny!!! I have actually not been this thin and weighed so little since I was in highschool. I've always had a big butt, and for the first time, it is gone. All my jeans fall off now since there's nothing to hold them up! I definitely need to get busy doing some glute exercises so Mama can get her booty back! (Or at least some of it!) Breast-feeding has turned out to be the most amazing weight loss plan ever.

So is my body completely back to normal? Close, but not quite. I do have one leftover condition caused by childbirth that I won't even go into here. But it is s l o w l y getting better. And the fact that I haven't yet had my monthly visitor means that my body's not quite ready to make another baby just yet. (And neither are we, so that's just fine with me for now!) I expect she'll probably come back once I stop breastfeeding, which will be within the next few months. I'm a little scared that I'll gain the weight again once I stop nursing. I guess I'll just need to get serious about working out again so I can maintain this hot-mama body. And buy some new jeans.

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5 comments:

BBKiddo said...

Breastfeeding is the best plan ever! I got my first monthly visitor when I stopped pumping at work and just bf at home (about 9 mos). Not gonna lie, it was awful! So just be prepared :)

Free Range Chick said...

You look fabulous.

BFing really helps. I'm afraid to stop and have the weight come back, too. Though I don't think I've ever heard of someone complaining that it did?

mrsdanigirl8 said...

You look amazing!

Sadly BFing doesn't do the same for me. After loosing 16 pounds right after Molly came, 10 came back on by the time she was 6 weeks old :( But it's ok! Started WW this week and I'm going to look as hot as you soon :)

Alanna said...

Thanks, girls!

BFing didn't do anything for my sister's weight loss either, so I guess it's not something that runs in the family. I guess I got the luck of the draw on that one! And you're right, Krissy, I don't think I've ever heard anyone complain about gaining weight after stopping.

Carrie said...

Lucky!! I'm still holding onto 3lbs to my PP weight. Grr.