What’s funny (and kind of awesome for me personally) is how incredibly different my attitude is this time around. I was a basket-case after gaining 50-ish pounds during my first pregnancy but lots of that probably stemmed from building my identity on my physical appearance and having no idea what to expect as far as recovery. I was quite fearful of not being fully restored to my pre-baby awesomeness and it wasn’t all completely shallow, first-babies are dramatic life-changers in general. So, I was larger after this pregnancy than I was the first time (because there was that 5-8 pounds that lingered from #1) yet able to love and appreciate my body SO much more than EVER.
Really, I couldn’t ask for more from my body than to grow, deliver, and nourish the two loves of my life so I was more than able to cut myself some slack this time around. Nine months to put the weight on and I have zero expectations of wearing my pre-preggo jeans before I’m nine months postpartum as well. That being said, yesterday I realized that I’m a little more than halfway there at 3.5+ months postpartum (thank you Tonia for helping me realize that via twitter).
It’s not without some effort though. As far as diet and exercise go, I’m not a fan of counting calories but I’m a huge fan of Bethenny Frankel’s whole philosophy of eating well (and naturally) in moderation. Lately, I’ve been trying to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables (not a total vegan but more plant-based–animal protein is a much smaller percentage of my diet). It’s been working out well for me because I get to eat large volumes of healthy food and I feel kind of amazing. I’ll share my favorite recipes and such in a future post today or tomorrow (I was planning on typing that in this post but it ended up going in a different direction than I anticipated). I also received the new Zumba 2 game for wii from my husband for my birthday (I’m 29 now y’all!) and I dance my booty (literally) off a few times a week. My plan is to eat better and exercise more, for my physical AND mental health.
Postpartum recovery is just that–recovery and adjusting to life with a newborn. I feel like I’m coming full circle with this blog because I started it to help me get my groove back the first time around and here I am again. I sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support from all of you out in social media world for your encouraging words, gifts, support, and understanding about the slow down in posting/videos. I’m getting my groove back yet again and this time I’m getting to document and share the whole experience here. I know that many of my readers are moms and can relate and many haven’t yet had children and hope I can provide some perspective for when/if that glorious day happens.
So yeah. I thought about creating a new blog to document my post-baby body reclaiming since it is a big part of my life (and source of pride) right now but I think I’ll just post a weekly progress report, healthy recipes/products, and glimpses into my regimen. I share (and overshare) my food diary via twitter/instagram and motivation, recipes, etc via pinterest.
What was your postpartum recovery like? Did you struggle more after one child than subsequent? Hit me with any and all thoughts in the comments por favor.