Monday, October 7, 2013

Postpartum: Week 1

 Yesterday marked Lucy's 1 week birthday and 1 week postpartum for me.  I'll be honest, I look a lot better than I ever imagined I would this shortly after giving birth.  I was slightly afraid to look at my stomach a few hours after having Lucy but was pleasantly surprised that I didn't even look like I was pregnant.  Yes, I had a bit of a belly but it wasn't hard like I was pregnant and was just kind of squishy. 
I'm so glad that I exercised my entire pregnancy, taught Spin/TRX up until 40 weeks, and even ran a couple miles two days before giving birth.  I think this is the main reason I've not only bounced back so quickly but also had a relatively "easy" labor & delivery.  Yes, the contractions were unbearable for about an hour and a half or so until I got an epidural but I only had to push through 6 contractions before Lucy was born. 
I gained 19 pounds during my pregnancy and when I got home from the hospital 2 days post-delivery, I had lost 7 pounds.  Each day though, I've lost another 1-2 pounds and as of yesterday, I only had 3 more pounds to lose to return to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I can tell a difference though in my pre-pregnancy stomach and my stomach now in that I don't have as much muscle tone and when I start back up teaching Spin/TRX in 4 weeks, my core is going to be pretty weak.
I plan on taking it easy these next few weeks, going on walks here & there, and will hopefully slowly incorporate back in some TRX (at home) and some easy running.  I'm also going to need to go to a Spinning class before I plan on hopping back on the saddle to make sure everything feels comfortable.
Last official bump update picture taken at about midnight on September 28/29...which is why I look a little rough
One week later
I can't believe she fit inside my belly!

Left: Last bump photo taken at 2:00 AM on September 29 at 41 weeks pregnant (once I knew we were  heading to the hospital, I took a quick shower & took this picture before hopping in the car)
Right: 1 week postpartum on October 6


emily said...

you're looking good! :)

Nikki said...

I wish I had been better about exercising through my pregnancy. It obviously pays off!