3.11.2014

Working on Postpartum Me.

I'm about 1 week into my C-Section recovery and I'm struggling. It's hard to not be frustrated when you just want your body back! It's not even about my weight because I know that will come, it's more about my boobs constantly aching and my stomach still being swollen from surgery.  Aiden is such an easy baby and I'm not really sleep deprived which lulls me into a sense of normalcy, sometimes I forget that my body just preformed a miracle. 

The first thing I did when I got home from the hospital was put on my BelleFit Postpartum Girdle Corset . I absolutely love this thing! I was hesitant to spend so much on something I would only use a short while, but I wear it 24/7 and it really makes all the difference in how I feel. It's like fake abs holding me in so I can get off the couch or turn over in bed. I highly recommend one even if you haven't had a c-section, they have several different kinds. It's MUCH more comfortable than the binder types that just wrap around and the fact that you don't have to take it off to use the restroom is much more appealing to me.

sweats from Old Navy
My first day home I tried to forgo any pain medication, big mistake. The ache in my stomach kept me up more than the baby did, so for the first few days I took my meds every few hours. I'm not sure why, but this time I had SO much less swelling which I really appreciate.


I got comments from almost every nurse about how nice I looked after giving birth. I make it a point to shower and do my hair every single day. I use just minimal make up, foundation and blush, which literally takes 3 minutes to apply. The difference in my self esteem by just spending a few minutes on myself everyday is worth it.


Dressing myself has been a challenge, I've yet to put on jeans, maternity or otherwise. I've been wearing leggings or sweats. My milk came in over the weekend and my boobs went from a DD to a gigantic yet to be determined letter size. I ordered one Bravado bra online and I don't love it, it gives me uniboob and they jiggle all over the place. After shopping two local stores I became frustrated with their biggest size being a E, not going to work for me. I'm going to try one more place today, I hate to order online not knowing what size I am. I may do some shopping this weekend for some loose fitting clothing to tide me over, I think if I have some cuter options I will feel better. Obviously retail therapy works for me :)


Having the most adorable helper ever doesn't hurt!


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47 comments :

  1. Lane Bryant has bra sizes bigger than E. You look great by the way!

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  2. You really do look incredible, and I am so happy for you. One day at a time - you WILL heal!!

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  3. You really look amazing Meg! You're a go getter and I think that makes sitting around, waiting for the body to heal, tough. TS and Aiden look absolutely adorable in the bottom picture!! SO adorable! Ashley - coffeecakeandcardio.com

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  4. Its so hard putting the body you know did a miracle together with the body that seems like its turning on you. BOTH pregnancies I had some shirts that got short fast or too tight and I thought, "these will be perfect AFTER I give birth and don't fit in my clothes yet" um, nope, they show every roll and flat tire. Not fair. I wore maternity jeans for a while, and with my second I was better about knowing that "this too shall pass". Cato has cheaper clothes and I sometimes fit a size smaller than I would at other stores, that made my postpartum mind very happy. Just love on that baby. Remind yourself that he's your last and you have all the time in the world to workout but you will literally never have a newborn again.

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  5. You look awesome!! After my second Little I also found it helped to at least wear some foundation, blush and swipe on some mascara just to feel partly normal and put together again. It's the little things.

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  6. Meg, I so understand what you mean about just wanting your body back. Feb 10th I broke my back for the second time in my life - and I am now at the "I just want to be back to me!" frustrating phase of healing. I really appreciated reading that someone else was going through that kind of feeling. On the one hand, you feel so lucky and blessed (for you to have a gorgeous new baby and for me, to be able to still walk), and on the other you miss being able to be as active as you were. I miss yoga and running and Zumba so much. We'll get through this together! Keep that chin up, stay true to yourself, and know how much you are loved by this community and your family and friends! Much love!

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  7. What a beautiful family and you look great! I agree with the previous comment about Layne Bryant. I love their bras (and they will measure you for size too).

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  8. It's kind of surreal. Following your entire pregnancy and then seeing the baby. :) Twilight Sparkle looks like an amazing BIG sister :) Hugs!

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  9. Megan you look absolutely gorgeous and not at all like you just had a baby. Oh my the boobs I remember that. I'll have to think where I got mine. I had some big ole G's.

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  10. You look amazing and Aiden looks so cuddly. Madison's face while holding him is the sweetest.
    Congratulations!
    xoxo
    Rachel

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  11. You look great and your family looks so happy and complete! :-) I personally, love that you have mismatched socks on in the one picture! Mine never match. I LOVE IT!

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  12. You look amazing already Meg! You are so positive and just remember it takes time! Thank goodness you have an adorable little helper to make things easier. And Aiden is just the cutest little man!

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  13. Gah! I can't get over how adorable Aiden looks! My little guy's name is Aiden and it seems like 100 years ago that he was THAT small (even though it's really only been nine months). And um, one week post-partum?! You are ROCKIN' it, girl! Working out and taking care of yourself throughout your pregnancy really paid off! When it's time for my baby #2, I fully intend on looking to you as a role model for a fit pregnancy! I majorly slacked on my eating and workouts while pregnant I'm still trying to lose the last five pounds (with an extra 15 pounds to get back to my happy weight). Kudos to you and your determination...it truly did pay off for you because you look beautiful!!

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  14. You really do look fabulous after just having a baby. And Aiden is such a little cutie pie! Just like his big sis!

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  15. Re: nursing bras

    I finally gave up and took the "nursing bra" parts off of the scrappy nursing bras I had and remade one of my favorite normal bras I to a nursing bra. Easy and it actually fit! It takes very minimal sewing skills.

    Nursing bras are a joke. No one carries them, they are a fortune, and I don't have time and patience to keep ordering more to try on.

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  16. Yay on being a Mama of two GORGEOUS kiddos!! He's so handsome! And what an adorable helper you have! :)
    Also, I understand your pain/frustration with the bra situation.
    I have DDs normally and when I got preggars-woah baby! I coulda gave Dolly a run for her money-and then my milk came in! It was awful. The best bras I had were from Motherhood. I went in and they measured me and I told them not to tell me the size. All I know is that they were freaking huge! lol Yes, it was an expense but one I'm glad I paid! Maybe a maternity store near you could help you out?

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  17. You look amazing! Congratulations!

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  18. I 100% feel you on the nursing bra situation. No one hardly carries them and its so hard to order them when your so big you really need to try them on. Luckily I got lucky and this specialty bra place near me had nursing bras. Super spendy but worth the fit. I hope you can find something. I too shower and do hair and makeup it just helps when everything else is a mess. Beautiful family by the way.

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  19. You look amazing! I wish I would have known about the corset before my c-section. I felt like I couldn't move for weeks! Congratulations on sweet baby Aiden! :)

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  20. Congrats on the new addition! It always seems like it will take forever to get your body back, but once your out of the fog it's like "hey, that wasn't so bad!" You will do great I'm sure! You look fabulous post c-sect!

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  21. Well I for one think you look AMAZING for just giving birth and having surgery. I know it usually takes me about 10-14 days to not be as swollen anymore and dont' forget it takes 6 weeks for your uterus to shrink back down too. So don't be too hard on yourself. :) But it is weird how clothes fit weird afterwards...like you think they will fit, but then they don't because instead of having a round belly you have this soft pudgy thing and clothes just don't look good or fit nicely. It's hard I KNOW. But really you do look amazing and I'm glad for you sharing what you're doing. :)

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  22. The pic of your two kiddos is fabulous! Glad you are getting some rest and feeling good. I almost loved those first few weeks as you can say "I JUST had a baby" as an excuse for sweats and no makeup...I try to use that now but my "baby" is 3 so people look at me funny :-}

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  23. The Maddox Shop in Dallas is awesome!! I bought several nursing bras from there and they will measure you in the store and sew up the straps or alter them to fit you exactly and will continue to alter them months down the road to fit you. They are amazing! I had to buy double H bras and they have larger sizes to fit :) You look amazing by the way and Aiden is adorable!

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  24. I dismissed a lot of things as frivolous when i was pregnant and a girdle was one of them. Looking back, i wish i had spent the money because i was so uncomfortable and i know that would have been solved with a girdle(should have listened to my mom)one of the other things was a glider which would have been soooo much better then the horrible, evil chair and couch that i used to breast feed from that hated me.

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  25. Let me be the millionth person on here to tell you that you look AMAZING!

    I'm with you on the doing your hair and makeup to make you feel better, I'm the same.

    So glad that Aiden is such a good baby. Keep your Instagram updates coming! and Congrats, again!

    -Em

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  26. Congrats again on Baby Aiden! What a sweetie! Thanks for recommending the support band...I think I will look into buying one too. I love the picture with Madison and so beautiful to see her loving on her baby brother! It must warm your heart :) You look fantastic. Your determination and drive will get you your body back better than ever someday!!!

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  27. You look amazing!! Your son is so precious!!



    Lauren
    http://stayathomewifey-lg.blogspot.ca

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  28. Aiden is beyond adorable! You and TS look so happy and peaceful with that little snuggle-bug in your arms.

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  29. Congratulations! Aiden is adorable. Be gentle on yourself ~ it is only 1 week out. I made the mistake of a few times of not staying on top of the pain meds and trying to do too much after my C-section and paid for it. I wish I had done the support band too.

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  30. I made the bra mistake with my first, and never again! Try Nordstrom-they sell the Anita underwire bra and it will change your life. They don't always have the larger sizes, but you can buy them on Amazon, or you can order through Nordstrom and go back and have them fit you. I can't say enough about getting that bra. My first one after giving birth almost 7 months ago was a 34 I.

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  31. i wish i knew about that belt last august! the C section KILLED me and i tried two different ones that hurt so bad and constantly rolled up to sit right on my incision. so i wore none :( and now i have the worlds largest skin flap fupa that hangs OVER my incision site! AH!

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  32. ps. you look fab. i love your hair!!! and newborn squish!!! i die.

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  33. You look beautiful, and the kids, too! I just had my 4th C-section at age 40 last year...it takes time. Be gentle with yourself!

    P.S. You're a class act, which is why I still read your blog!

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  34. I preferred sports bras when I was nursing. The cottony, Hanes ones worked great and were stretchy enough to feed the baby easily. Those are pretty cheap and worth a shot, maybe? Hope you feel more like yourself soon!

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  35. I ordered a Pea in the Pod brand which are pretty expensive if I remember but I really liked them. I don't know how big they go but I had an E and was super comfy. There is no under wire or anything but I felt pretty supportive and like I said it was super comfy.

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  36. From one big boobied mama to another I found out that Nordstroms will alter any bra into a nursing bra! I went from a DD to an H and they had ton of bras to choose from with great support and they were cute! The lady was so helpful and I felt super comfortable given the situation ;) Just a thought...I had the worst time finding nursing bras WITH support and NO uniboob. Congrats on your new cutie pie :)

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  37. I used this site for nursing bras in 2008. They were AWESOME to work with. Shipping and returns were a breeze and the customer service was second to none. http://www.birthandbaby.com/

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  38. yall are adorable... not sure if you are interesting/need more baby boy clothes or more in between maternity clothes, but I read on people.com about Melissa Rycroft creating a website for moms to sell gently used stuff to other moms - figured you might want to check it out: http://bellybumpsandbeyond.com/

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  39. Can't help you on the big boobies prob-- I was super happy to fill out a D with my non-milk producing post-partum boobs! At least yours are big for a reason-- I got so mad at my boobs for not making milk that I was ready for a mastectomy! Anyway-- wish I'd known about your c-section support garment (aka-- girdle!!). I used the elastic abdominal binder and it was AWFUL!!! It would always slide up and end up folding right into my incision! I was always told it takes a year to get back to your normal, so you've got a bit of leeway! He's adorbs- my girls keep asking to see pics on your blog!

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  40. I know you've done this before but remember you just had major surgery! Its amazing you're showering and just walking around. Be gentle with yourself. I started running and playing soccer too quickly after my c-section and hurt myself. Take sllooww walks and just enjoy those adorable babies of yours :)

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  41. Everything in its time...do not worry about tomorrow, or how you look today. Enjoy the baby, your home and this precious time. Your fitness level and body will be rocking again before you know it, and by the way you look great!

    Time flies. We never get it back...so enjoy this feeling now. Enjoy the leggings all of it.

    Soon you will be back in your tiny jeans...that is for the near future, you know you have the passion and drive and it will be easy.

    All the best!

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  42. I love the picture of the kids :) and I remember the girdle days. Funny that I didn't know I needed it til I had child number 2 :/

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  43. That may be the cutest, sweetest sibling picture I have seen in a while. Just precious! Congrats on the newest addition. :)

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  44. Please let me know if you find a good bra place! Mine were a 32E before my milk came in & now I have no idea what size they are - just BIG. The lactation consultant told me my 32E bra was not working as it left an imprint on my body. And I'm with you on the girdle! I had a vaginal birth, but my abs were jello afterwards! The binding helps so much!

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