I’ve gone back and forth about how/if I wanted to share my postpartum journey. I loved being able to share so many moments of my pregnancy with you all, but I wasn’t sure if there was any interest or if I even wanted to open up about my journey postpartum.
I reached out to a lot of you all on my Instagram to see if there was an interest, and I was pretty surprised how many wanted me to continue to document my journey. I was excited but also not quite sure how I wanted to do it. You see, my postpartum journey is more than just what my body looks like after baby. I have a goal of running the Boston Marathon in April and that requires a lot more focus on this body of mine if I want to make it to that start line happy and healthy.
I like being open and honest (as I hope I was during pregnancy) so I plan to do that as well during my postpartum journey.
I know I am a little late on the 2 week recap, but instead of doing these weekly I will likely do them bi-weekly or once a month. We will wait and see how things progress. Anyways, let’s get to this shall we?
I didn’t focus must on weight in my pregnancy recaps because I really tried to stay away from the scale. My final weigh in at the doctor was 164 which was a 35 lb weight gain (I started at 129). I didn’t gain much in the first trimester, slow and steady in the second, but then in third everything changed and I gained it much quicker. Pregnancy is going to come with weight gain, and I just tried to focus on the fact that my body is going to gain what it needs to.
After I had Easton I didn’t hop on the scale right away, I wanted to take the time to spend with my sweet boy and knew my body would regulate itself eventually. The first time I did step on the scale was 3-4 days postpartum to be able to get a starting point. My body dropped some of the weight pretty quickly simply because it began to regulate the fluid, my uterus began shrinking, and of course the baby was out!
After 2 weeks, my weight is 138. I have lost 26 lbs. I was honestly pretty surprised because even though I’d lost a lot of it my body still feels strange to me. I feel weak in a lot of areas and will really need to work on that to be able to come back to running without injury. I also feel “mushy” in a lot of areas and it’s no secret that my belly hasn’t gone down completely, but that’s okay. That comes with it!
As you can probably guess, there was no running during the first two weeks. I really just focused on letting my body recover from delivery and just tried to eat as healthy as I could not only for my body for my baby boy as well!
The first week was pretty easy to take off because I was still in pain and needed the time to recover from surgery; however, during the second week when I wasn’t in pain anymore I really missed being active. I did go out and take a few walks with my husband and Easton, but nothing crazy. The furthest I walked during the first two weeks was 1 mile and that was in the 2nd week.
I’m completely letting my body dictate when it will be ready to run again. In week 3, I will be starting my ReCORE Program to help work on strengthening my core and pelvic floor which is going to be so important for getting back into running shape.
How I’m Feeling
I can’t tell you how many times since I gave birth I have gotten “how are you doing?” Of course, most of the time I just say “doing good” and move on but is that really how I am feeling? There are so many emotions that go through me each and every day during postpartum and I think it is so important to talk about them.
The first week was really hard for me. I will be going into full detail in an upcoming post but I dealt with the baby blues for the first 7-10 days or so. I had a great support system around me and without them it would have been so much harder. My moods would go from extreme happiness to extreme anxiety and crying. Breastfeeding also hasn’t been as smooth of a transition as I would have liked which also caused some crazy emotions to show up in the first 2 weeks.
The important thing I’ve found is to talk about it. I let it out, cry if I need to, and then move on. Keeping myself busy is also very important because from someone who is used to working full time and always being active the first two weeks were a big adjustment for me when it came to staying home. I thought it would be this amazing time, but it wasn’t always that for me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some amazing days these first 2 weeks and I have absolutely loved being home and learning more about my sweet baby boy! Week 2 has been so much better for me and I can feel my body getting back to normal which is great.
These little looks mean everything to me. I can’t wait to see his first smile!
There you have it. My road to postpartum recovery isn’t going to be quick one, but each step towards my goal is a step in the right direction!