I am by no means a professional, I’m just sharing what has worked for me and my body. If it can work for you too, that’s great!
I wanted to take the time to share my journey with weight loss, baby blues, and all the other ups and downs from having a baby. I want to be real with my readers(yes all 5 of you haha) so let’s start!
Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression
I have gotten the baby blues after each of my 3 babies. Each one was at about 4 weeks when the adrenaline wears off and their are no more visitors. My baby blues worsen every time I nurse too. It takes hormones to produce mother’s milk, and every time I would nurse I would get hit with baby blues. For me, that means I feel really emotional, sad, and sometimes even upset. With Claire, the baby blues have hit harder than with my other 2. I think it’s because it’s winter and I’m not nearly as active during the day, and I haven’t gotten outside hardly at all. We run errands, but we can’t go on walks, go to the park, or even play in our backyard. At 6 weeks pp I still feel really low whenever I nurse. Here’s what I do to help fight the baby blues:
- Remind yourself that it’s the hormones, and it WILL pass
- Find time for you whether that’s 30 min to read a book, take a bath, workout, or just nap
For me working out helps SO much. It makes me happy, oh and Lily snuggling me when I try and do core work helps too haha
- Get outside if you can. For me, I can’t take the baby out in the cold temps, but I could go on a walk or run when my husband is home
- Eat healthy foods. When you eat junk you’re going to feel like junk
**Postpartum Depression is more serious. I have never experienced it, but if you are, reach out for help. Talk to someone about how you’re feeling and get help. Don’t try and fight it alone.
Today I’ll talk about my ‘postpartum plan.’ After each baby here’s what I’ve done to kick start my weight loss.
- I workout and be as active as I can throughout my entire pregnancy
- After I have the baby, I give myself 2-4 weeks to eat whatever I want. It’s such a crazy time after a baby and when I’m nursing I am always STARVING, so I give myself a few weeks to eat any food that I want. I usually eat pretty healthy, but friends and neighbors always bring by treats to congratulate me and I happily indulge. I don’t want to worry about the scale or anything except having enough milk to feed my baby, and helping the family adjust to a new routine.
- Drink water. When you think you have drank enough, drink some more.
- Cut out one bad habit a week. Once you’re ready to start cleaning up your diet(for me it was around 4 weeks) you cut out one bad habit. I was eating a lot of leftover holiday goodies, so I limited it to 1 goodie a day. Some days I did great and didn’t have any, some I had 1, and some days I failed and ate way too many. What’s important is you keep working towards your goal and start fresh each day.
- Be active. At 4 weeks my body felt ready to workout, so I started walking on the treadmill.By the end of 4 weeks, I was jogging, and then at 5 weeks I started running 3 days a week and doing a 12 week workout program the other 3 days. Listen to your body, but start doing SOMETHING even if it’s walking around your house.
- Don’t cut calories. This one only applies if you’re nursing. For me, I don’t cut calories because I don’t want to lose my milk. Instead, I try and eat a lot of foods that are nutrient dense like fruits, veggies, healthy fats(nuts, avocados, etc), and protein.
- Be patient with yourself. It’s so easy to get discouraged, and I have moments of discouragement with EVERY workout. The important thing is to do it anyway. Are you working out just to look good, or to feel good too? Sometimes you won’t be happy with your results(or the lack of) but for me working out is something I do to FEEL good. When you feel good, you’re going to treat yourself better.
My journey is no where near finished, but I know if I keep moving forward I will feel 100% again. I’m grateful at 6 weeks I feel like I have SO much more energy. I try to remember to be kind to myself. I have 2 daughters now that I want to be able to look up to me and never doubt how grateful I am for all 3 kids and for my body that carried them. I don’t ever want them to hear me say negative things about my image, so I practice everyday saying positive things.
Here’s some progress pics of me cuz I think they’re fun:)
week 1 day 1 of BBG (4 weeks pp) You can tell by my face I felt like DEATH!
I hope I answered everyone’s questions, if not, let me know and I’ll answer them in another post. Thanks!