I’ve probably done this the wrong way round as I have posted it on my Facebook page prior to writing a blog post but I want to share it anyway…
My truth around post partum body reality:
2 weeks post partum and I am 10lbs off my pre-pregnancy weight but resemble nothing like the body I had before and THAT’S OK!
It took 9 months for my body to grow and nurture Fynn into the healthy 7lbs 14oz baby he was at birth and I am fully accepting that it will take TIME and effort to get back to anything remotely like where I was before.
With this pregnancy I was unable to exercise for much of it and unable to work at the end due to SPD and sciatica. I took time out. I ate what I wanted (which I do regret a little but when those cravings take over they’re hard to ignore). And now I am waiting, not so patiently, to get back into exercise.
For anyone going through pregnancy, enjoy it. For anyone waiting for your bundle to arrive, good luck. For those who have recently had a baby, try not to be too hard on yourself. Enjoy your new addition and look after yourself, for a healthy, happy mum and baby are far more important than anything else at this stage.
I wanted to share these images of my belly straight after birth to show you what to expect if you haven’t seen – it’s not pretty, and it’s not celeb washboard abs. It is a vessel which has just produced a miracle. Don’t hate on it.
Happy February to everyone. I hope you have all survived January and battled through like a pro, THAT was a long month!
I’m going to start and share some of my baby journey with you all on here, not daily but just as I feel I should update and add as the journey goes along. This will include everything from feelings and emotions, honesty about how I am feeling, food, sleep (ha), exercise and daily actively.
Our little fellas is still tucked up nice and cosy atm and even at just 2 days overdue I am so over being pregnant now. I’m very bless to be pregnant don’t get me wrong but at this stage I am more than ready for him to be here in the world and me have a little but of movement back along with a little less pain.
I’ve struggled with this pregnancy more than I did with Isla – she was a bit of a breeze pregnancy in all reality, I was still training in the gym and teaching spinning classes at 36 weeks pregnant! This time around my body is definitely taking more of a toll. I have been under a physio for sciatica and spd – massage clients you mostly already know about this. I’ve had a brace to help support my bump and a variety of exercises to try and help ease the discomfort and pain. Some of it works, some of it just makes no difference. The varying hormones running riot in my body are, in my opinion, the cause of the issue and until my pregnancy [and breastfeeding] journey is over, it’s something I just have to live with.
Today I am mega grateful for my pare ts who, once again have taken Isla for the night so I can try to get a better sleep. She knows something is changing soon and my word she is playing up to it! So tonight is a feat up, be lazy, try and get some rest type evening because sometimes you just have to listen to your body and do what feels right.
I was hoping I might be able to indulge in an alcoholic beverage along with everyone that has seen dry January through (well done to you) but that’s obviously not meant to be just yet. Not long now surely.