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Body After Baby

8 Feb

I gave myself a goal of June to get my body back and get back to my pre pregnancy weight.  I didn’t want to feel pressure and wanted to take things slowly at my own pace.  I really didn’t know what my body would look like after I gave birth, but trust me, I feared the worst.

Little did I know, my body would bounce back a lot faster than I had anticipated.  When I got home from the hospital I decided to step on the scale thinking I would be down 10-15lbs.  Not so much.  I had gained 24-25lbs during pregnancy at the time I gave birth at 37 weeks exactly.  I was only down six pounds.  How could that be, when my baby weighed six pounds?  Water retention.  I didn’t weigh myself for another couple days and was shocked at how quickly I was losing my baby weight when I stepped on the scale next. 

I was able to fit into my pre pregnancy jeans a few days after giving birth (they were just a bit tight still) and ended up wearing them 11 days post partum out and about.  I credit my body bouncing back so fast to watching what I ate during pregnancy, eating fresh healthy whole foods, getting quality sleep, keeping stress at bay and working out by going to the gym, walking the dog and doing prenatal yoga. 

As of right now, I have a little over a pound to lose to get back to my pre pregnancy weight.  I haven’t been cleared to exercise yet as I have some healing still to do, but my doctor did say I could walk a little after I questioned her decision to keep me from exercising.  Being a personal trainer and in tune with my body, I am going against doctor’s recommendations and am going to start doing the elliptical at home for just a quick and easy 20 minutes and also start some ab exercises in addition to going on some walks with the baby and dog.  I haven’t done any yet and if it feels uncomfortable I wont do it.  Also if I’m super exhausted I wont be doing much as much body needs sleep more than it does physical exercise right now.

Although I’m almost back to my pre pregnancy weight, my body has completely changed.  My abs don’t look bad, but they are no where near what they used to look like.  I’ve also noticed my arms and legs don’t feel as toned as they used to be.

My body goals are as follows:

  • Lose five pounds past pre pregnancy weight
  • Tone abs and get good definition back
  • Tone arms and legs and get back to my old weights I used to use during strength workouts
  • Keep exercise light and easy until I get totally cleared by the doctor
  • Have the body I want by June (just in time for summer)

My eating also needs to be revamped.  The last thing I wanted to do after having a baby is plan out meals, grocery shop, prep veggies and cook healthy dinners every night.  It has been three weeks and I’ve had more chocolate, pizza and junk than I care to admit.  But the reality is I have been grabbing quick things to eat in a hurry in between feedings.  I actually find it difficult to find time to eat.  The baby has impeccable timing to get hungry right when I sit down to eat a meal.  I usually feed her and an hour later I’m starving, my meal is now cold and I just need to get something in my system quickly.  Clif Mojo bars have been consumed in truckloads over here. 

Since Cameryn turned three weeks today (crazy!), I finally feel more relaxed at home and am ready to start eating healthy meals.  I have been eating a lot of salad already.  I think I had five salads for dinner out of the past 7 nights, but I’m now committed to eating healthy all day long and not just at dinner.  I’ve cut the candy and junk and I am planning on eating like I did while pregnant but with added snacks.  Breastfeeding has left me starving all day long and I need to make sure to eat enough calories to make sure I can support Cameryn’s milk demands.  I’m not counting calories, just going off how I’m feeling.  I’d estimate I’m getting in about 2500 calories a day though. 

With that being said, I’m looking forward to getting back to some physical activity and clean eating.  I’m excited to share this journey with you and I’ll keep you all posted on my progress.

I’ll let you guys in on my workout routine once I feel out how my body feels doing light activity and I know what weekly routine I will be doing. 

*Remember every post pregnancy body is totally different.  People lose their pregnancy weight at different paces and there is no right or wrong in what your own body does.  This post isn’t for people to compare their own post pregnancy journey with, it is simply to share my journey with you.*

Pregnant 4 weeks

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Pregnant 18 Weeks

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Pregnant 35 Weeks

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I still need to take some pictures for progress and will have them for the next Body After Baby post!

Cameryn doing tummy time at 2 1/2 weeks, pretty good for being so little!

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All ready for the Super Bowl!

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Questions:

  • Was there a time in your life you had to take time of exercise?
  • How did you get back into a routine?
  • What is your favorite quick and easy meal?  Please feel free to link your recipes, I’m looking for some new ones!

 

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