I cannot believe it has been one week since I gave birth to my little girl! It has been an amazing rollercoaster ride and I realize that it won’t be slowing down anytime soon. I wanted to check in with you guys and to share my postpartum progress thus far.
WEIGH IN: I’m currently around 8 lbs or so away from my pre pregnancy weight and am happy with my progress so far! I’m not in a huge rush to lose those remaining pounds because i’m sure they will be around until i’m done breast feeding buttttt I am definitely anxious to start toning up! I gained about 30 pounds this pregnancy. I have been breastfeeding non stop and think that has a lot to do with my progress so far.
In the image below, I am wearing my trusty Belly Bandit BFF postpartum girdle
. I wore this with my last delivery and I already knew-hands down-the affect it can have at reducing tummy swelling and the dreaded tummy pooch after having a baby. I will be wearing my girdle for the next 8 weeks until the hormone Relaxin is well out of my system. I SWEAR by this thing!!! Every pregnant lady needs one for after delivery to bounce back and to reduce the appearance of a tummy pooch.
WORKING OUT: I took my first stroller walk with my newborn baby yesterday and it felt so nice to get out of the house! Other than that casual neighborhood stroll and a few trips to Target and Whole Foods, I have not done any type of working out other than my kegels and pelvic tilts to help strengthen my pelvic floor back up. I do plan to start more light cardio as my body permits now that I am a week postpartum. I do plan on trying bodyweight exercises possibly in a few days as my body allows. Right now, it is all about listening to my body and not overdoing it.
EATING: My eating has been all over the place lately it seems! Since my milk came in (and breastfeeding two children), I have been so hungry all day. We have had the most amazing home cooked dinners thanks to friends and then I have my 15 crockpot meals that I made during pregnancy to start eating on next week. I have been making sure to snack regularly-even allowing myself a KIND granola bar at midnight when I am pumping/feeding. However, I have been keeping it clean for the most part as I went and stocked up on a ton of clean, organic snacks from Whole Foods. I am not too stressed about how I am eating right now as its all about eating enough to breastfeed my toddler and newborn, but clean eating has been what’s getting those extra pounds off in the meantime.
Bouncing back has been a lot faster this time around than with my last pregnancy and I am not surprised. I mean, this pregnancy was more fit and active-I continued to lift weights and did an hour of cardio until the day my water broke! With my last pregnancy, I was much more relaxed and focused more on what I ate versus working out. This made my muscle memory terrible when bouncing back. This time around has been a breeze since my muscles are used to working!
So here’s what I am working with now. I am a little softer than I look, but I have a ways to get to where I want to be. I am excited what keeping fit during pregnancy has done for me!
I will keep updating you guys with how things are going, possibly in about a month or so. If you have any questions, feel free to drop them below!