2.18.2014

Body After Baby

Now that I'm nearing the end I've been asked a lot about what my plan is to get back in shape. I've been so focused on just getting through this pregnancy that I haven't really thought much about it. I've stuck to my 'don't look at the scale' plan and honestly have no clue what I weigh.



I don't know if I would recommend that to everyone, keeping your weight somewhat in check is important, but I know I started at a healthy weight and I was continuing to eat somewhat decent and workout regularly. To some extent your body is going to do what it's going to do and I didn't want a number on a scale to depress me during my last pregnancy. I do plan to weigh myself the day before I give birth, just for historical reference :)

I am planning on a repeat C-section and I know from last go round that exercise during the first 6 weeks is a no go. You may feel good, but your intestines are all jumbled up from being pulled out and shoved in again. Good times. 

My heart is aching for a good run though. Bad.



I won't lie, I'm really anxious to get back to my old self. I miss my hardcore workouts, I miss my less dimply thighs, I miss my small {er} boobs, I miss soccer, and I miss my non swollen ankles. I would love to leave the hospital and go home and do a cleanse, but you can't do the full cleanse while you are breastfeeding {there is a modified version, most of which I already take}. If history repeats itself I will probably have a hard time losing weight while I breastfeed, but maybe I'll get lucky this time. I also will be trying to build a stash for when I go back to work so I need to double time the milk production.



BUT I'm not anxious enough to do things the wrong way. I plan to reread my favorite clean eating book for motivation, This Is Why You're Fat by Jackie Warner. I CAN control what I put in my mouth and I'm going to really spend the first few weeks getting that back on track. MUST. CONTROL. THE. CARBS.  Baby Aiden loves 'em! Being home for 12 weeks is the perfect opportunity to try some new recipes {in between my napping}, last time my eating was horrendous for a long time because I didn't know HOW to eat healthy. I didn't even know HOW to cook veggies, or how to make them taste good. This time I have the knowledge I just need to find the motivation.


I know that I did it before and I'm sure I can do it again. There is no big rush, giving my body time to heal is just as important as losing the weight. Plus I can always spanx it up to get my pants back on!

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26 comments :

  1. I know you have the mwholetion in you. You are definitely going into it with the right attitude. Plus you will have a whole 6 weeks after the healing process to really focus on getting back into the ruining game ect before going back to work. Yay, he is almost here:)

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    2. Motivation* and running*, wow I cannot spell check this morning;)

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  2. I don't know HOW to cook veggies or HOW to make them taste good...please do a post on that!

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  3. I agree with the NinaShow, tell us how to make them taste good. You will get back to where you were, you already have the healthy habits! So excited for you to have that little man, mommies boys are the best!

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  4. Don't rush yourself! I think you have the right idea... but also enjoy that baby! :)

    You are doing amazing and I have no doubt you will bounce back fast because how active and healthy you have been the whole pregnancy! :)

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  5. ^^Totally agree with Nina!

    Also, how is that book by Jackie Wagner? I am always hesitant to buy those, but that one has caught my eye a few times.

    P.S. I love your blog!

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  6. I just received that book in the mail last night!! Starting to read it today!! Can't wait!!

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  7. I'm so glad you're real about body after baby. I feel like their is this huge pressure on us to get back into our pre-pregnancy jeans leaving the hospital. Like really...and the nursing misinformation. I had a woman tell me all I had to do to get back into shape was nurse. When I told her I was, she looked at me like I had a third eye. LOL...Great job being a healthy momma. You are an inspiration.

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  8. Girl you can do it! You are growing a living miracle in your belly!! You can do anything!! Much love and prayers for a happy and healthy delivery!!!

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  9. This. I'm due in 29 days. I had started a pretty good workout/eating plan for myself before we got pregnant (5am workouts, clean eating) and I felt great. Then we started IVF and I had to stop the weight lifting. So bummed. I couldn't motivate myself to go to the gym at 5am to walk on the treadmill. That was all I was allowed to do. I've weighed myself throughout just because this is our first and I wanted references numbers. The gain doesn't bother me so much, it's still a healthy amount, but I wasn't at my ideal weight when we got pregnant. I'm trying not to stress about losing the weight. But I do want a plan. I want to walk the trails everyday with the baby and my husband. And go to the gym so daddy and baby can have some alone time. :) Thanks for being an inspiration during your pregnancy. :)

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  10. I agree, so glad to hear someone else being real about it. Hannah will be 3 months old this Friday. I didn't put a whole lot of pressure on myself (like I felt I did last time) and really just slid into eating healthy and just started back up my workouts last week. It's been SO much more nicer this go-around and hey, I only have 7 more pounds to loose!

    Excited to see what this baby boy looks like!

    P.S I gained 50 pounds my first pregnancy and 34 with the second. What a difference it makes being in shape before you get pregnant!

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  11. You're amazing! Love being on this journey with you! Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. You are going to bounce back in no time at all. You already know the right way to do it and have all the tools you need! You're right to not focus on losing weight ASAP but to let your body heal properly before going at it hardcore. I admire you so much! xoxo

    Ali

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  13. Thanks for sharing your pregnancy motivation and anxieties! I think a lot of people share your thoughts but get crowded out by negativity from other places. I want a healthy second pregnancy but continuously hear that I shouldn't worry about exercise or eating. Whaaaat? I want to be healthy for myself and my kids; there's nothing wrong with that. So, thanks again for sharing.

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  14. Body after baby is SUCH a process. But if anyone can hack the process, it's you. :) I will absolutely love following your journey after baby A is here. Also, can't wait to see pictures of his cute face, too ;)

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  15. Think of the head start you got for your 2nd pregnancy. You never really got out of the habit of going to the gym, so you'll spring back in no time.

    I think it would be hard to make quick and healthy meals when you're so busy with a newborn, but I have a feeling that you already have a plan. :)

    -Em

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  16. Yes, I agree with Nina on how do you cook veggies to make them taste good? If you ever need a post topic, that would be a great one! Some of us still don't know how to do veggies without craptons of Ranch Dressing. :)

    Good luck on your last few weeks of pregnancy! I've been creeper stalking your blog for over a year now and I was so happy when you got pregnant and I CANNOT WAIT to see pics of baby Aiden.

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  17. If you ever want to throw one of those recipes out to us, I'll gladly try it!

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  18. Just the fact that you have the desire to get back to your normal workout means you already have the motivation to work off whatever pregnancy weight you feel you need to.

    I pumped so that I could go back to work, run errands or sleep. My son got up every two hours, so I would nurse him at 8, go to bed & hubby gave him a bottle at 10 and then at midnight and every 2 hours after it was me. But, that 4 hours of continuous sleep-heaven!

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  19. I know you will do great! I'm so glad I've found your blog! Thank you for being so open and transparent during your journey...it has blessed me so much!

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  20. I am sure you will do fine. Working out during the pregnancy and doing such a great job of keeping it up should make losing it a lot easier. Wouldn't worry about it too much just enjoy the new baby :)

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  21. You and your baby are a miracle! I still can't believe how you wake up at the crack of dawn to work out! You look beautiful now, and you'll be beautiful after he is born too! So soon!! So exciting!! :)

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  22. I remember that feeling: getting close to delivery and wanting to run so bad! You'll bounce back quicker than before. I'm praying for a healthy delivery and baby, lots of milk and an amazing time for you and your sweet family. Hugs,
    Cintia

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  23. I remember that feeling: getting close to delivery and wanting to run so bad! You'll bounce back quicker than before. I'm praying for a healthy delivery and baby, lots of milk and an amazing time for you and your sweet family. Hugs,
    Cintia

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  24. I loved this post. And I love that I feel a connection with you on many levels, because I could have written this blog post myself. Or something very close to it.

    If it helps at all (not that you need it because you already are awesome and know tons and have your own way of doing stuff), but as a fellow c-section repeater, this is sort of my game plan (knowing things will never happen as planned LOL).

    I always come home from the hospital weighing more than I went in - from all the fluid retention of the csection. It takes me a full 2 weeks to get rid of it all. Usually have 1 month I've finally lost all the "baby weight" i'm going to lose on my own, and then the hard work begins.

    I'm giving myself 2 weeks after the birth to enjoy home cooked meals people might bring, or make for me. And then after 2 weeks, it's back to clean eating. This is a huge change for me compared to the last 2 times where it took me until probably 3 months before I was ready to start back on the band wagon again.

    I know that it usually takes me 3 weeks post-csection before I can be up walking around without much pain. I am hoping at 3 weeks I can start taking LIGHT walks with baby in stroller, and possibly doing some muscle strengthening exercises at home (on the floor, no lifting, etc.)

    And then 6 weeks I plan to be back at the gym working my way back up to where I was before. I know it will take a few weeks as i will have basically taken 8 weeks off (since i haven't been going lately)...

    I also don't really lose weight very well while breastfeeding. So I don't have control over that. All I can do is just try to eat as healthy as I can (which I didn't do before) and hope that the clean eating will do its job until I can equalize it with harder workouts.

    I'm so excited for you and will look forward to seeing your birth photos and story very soon!!!!! So excited for you! You are so beautiful and truly a wonderful person and mom.

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