So my recovery from baby #2 has been night and day from my first recovery. I was already walking just a few short hours after giving birth and stopped taking meds fairly early. I've loved this recovery so much and I feel like now I could have more kids. (Not anytime soon, of course, but eventually.) After I had Hina it was the opposite. I did not want anymore because the recovery was so bad. In fact, I still felt pain when walking at 6 weeks postpartum.
Anyways, this one has been great. Not only that, but I accomplished my goal of only gaining between 25-35 pounds, which is a healthy amount of weight gain for my body type. I'm happy to report that I only gained 27 pounds this time. That's 18 pounds less than last time!! So all that working out and eating healthy during my pregnancy really worked. And the nice thing about it was not having to "take it easy" like the docs usually say. Since I was already in the habit of working out consistently after having Hina, I was able to continue doing it at that same intensity. So overall, I had a great pregnancy and I'm continuing to have a great recovery. What a difference living a healthy lifestyle has made. All of my efforts have paid off and now all I need to do is tone up that belly flab! But as far as clothes go, I can fit everything again. This is so awesome and I am so happy!
Here are some of my previous journal entries:
Excerpt from 9/16/11:
Baby and I made it to 6 weeks on Monday. That 6 week mark is pretty big - at least for me, anyway. It marks the day that I can go back to doing all previous activity. So today was the day I decided to break myself in with a little Zumba. I thought that would be low key enough for me to handle, however, it was harder than I thought. I mean I kept the intensity low, but my body didn't like some of the jumping, so I just took it easy. I honestly felt like a floppy noodle out there. Lol. It was a weird feeling, but hopefully after a week of working out that will change and I won't be so flaccid anymore.
As far as eating goes, something interesting about this recovery is my loss of appetite. I still haven't gotten my normal appetite back after all this time. I seriously go almost the whole day without eating a real meal. And it's not that I'm trying to do that, I'm just so busy and between school and taking care of the kids, I just don't even have time to eat. My first meal is usually dinner, and before that I'm just snacking throughout the day. I know how unhealthy that is, but it seems like I just forget and I don't even realize it until the end of the day. Luckily, after talking to my friends I guess that isn't all uncommon. Taking care of the baby/kids just becomes first priority and you don't even realize. The crazy thing though is that even when I do eat, I'm usually satisfied after one serving. Do you know how abnormal that is for me? I'm a seconds and thirds kind of girl. Haha! No but seriously, those of you that know me know how much I love food and know how much this is true. And although I've never been huge on sweets, I'd at least eat a piece or two of whatever it is, but nope, not now. I have no desire to have any sweets. Even out of all of the baking I've been doing lately (cinnamon rolls, pani popo, etc.), I'll only have about half a piece then I'm good. This is just too weird to me. I'm not complaining though, at least I don't have to schedule my day around food anymore. Haha! (It's also giving my body less opportunities to gain weight, so win-win to me.)
Well, that's pretty much it for now. As far as working out goes, I've honestly been having a hard time with it. I've just been so busy and so exhausted that I haven't made it over to the gym much. I've gone a little here and there, but definitely not enough. I'm not usually one for the "busy" excuse, but there it is.
Excerpt from 11/4/11:
Gosh, I didn't think it'd be this hard to get back in to it. When I made it to 6 weeks postpartum I worked out 3 times and that's it! It's not that I didn't want to, though, I've had the desire. I just couldn't get around to actually doing it. I've been busy, yes, but even during the times that I could go (afternoon/evening/night time) I wouldn't because by then I'd be completely exhausted. I never had the energy. But that's understandable, right? With sleep deprivation from getting up to feed baby at night, combined with early morning classes and no naps throughout the day, I'm just too tired to workout after. I know, excuses, excuses. But it's true.
So although working out has been a challenge, at least my eating has been good. (Or decent, I should say.) Overall, I'm still happy with where I'm at and I'm happy with my recovery. Thank goodness I did so good during the pregnancy because that would probably not be the case if I did otherwise. Anyways, I hope the rest of you are doing good wherever you may be on your own health journeys as well.
Hugs and kisses!