I have been busy with the little guy so this post is a little late but the pictures and stats are from one month postpartum!
After dealing with infertility, going through IVF treatments and having a history of depression, my counselor wanted me to be aware that I have a good chance of getting PPD. I am definitely not out of the water as it has been only a month but I feel really good. PPD can show up anytime within the first year after baby from what I am told. I didn’t get the baby blues and have yet to have a breakdown and even cry since Coen has arrived. Like I said this has YET to happen! This first month I have been in a euphoria. I just look at our little miracle and can’t help but smile. Of course it is not all easy and I have good days and bad days. The days I get less sleep I do feel a little down and off but that’s how it has always been for me. There are a few things that I have learned in the past that really keep me balanced…sleep, eating well and working out. When I am doing enough of all three of these I have a sense of contentment. Well since I hadn’t been able to work out because of the C-section and sleeping isn’t always a given I have at least been eating healthy. I really think this has helped a lot. I am still eating clean (most of the time) every 2-3 hours for about 5-6 meals a day. Since I am breastfeeding I find myself eating a ton. I think I am eating more now then when I was pregnant.
I had a very active pregnancy which I will post about later. I took the first trimester off from anything other than walking. I gained very quickly in the beginning but it seemed to slow down at about 6 months. Before that every calculator I used and every time I would look online at other woman’s weight gain I had gained too much. It was discouraging but I knew that my body was doing what it needed. I would recommend staying away from the scale, calculators and just listen to your body. Pregnancy changed my view on my body image. I realized how hard I had been on myself and how truly amazing the body is! I ended up gaining a total of 26lbs which is right at the low end of normal weight gain.. But don’t forget I was up about 7-10 lbs from all the IVF meds and stress when I got pregnant.
The day my water broke:
One Month after Baby…..some very less than flattering pictures but they will help with accountability and motivation!
At one month postpartum I have lost all but 7lbs to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and I probably have another 7 to get to my pre-IVF weight. Although, the number on the scale is really not as important as how I feel and how my clothes fit! I can button my pre-pregnancy jeans but I am just about busting out of them. I wear yoga pants everyday because of the C-section incision and I don’t want to buy new jeans for just a few months! My game plan to get into shape? Not really quite sure yet. I need to find something that works for me. It will most likely include some cardio and mostly lifting at home and at the gym. It will be all about how to squeeze in a workout while the baby sleeps.