Lately I feel like the days have just been flying by! I am so busy and have been meaning to do this FINAL postpartum check in. I want to thank you all for sharing and following this special chapter with us! Like many women out there when I became pregnant I was worried what effects it would have on my body. I knew I wanted to try to gain a healthy amount of weight but enjoy it and not obsess over every calorie. Following other bloggers who shared my passion for a healthy life style and to get back to a happy/healthy postpartum weight really inspired and motivated me. One in particular was the lovely Maria at A Life to Bragg About. If you girls haven't checked out her blog I highly recommend it. She is a crossfit/yoga mama that definitely shared my love for healthy cooking and staying fit! Her son is a few months older than Ava and it was great having a bit of a preview as to what to expect.
I'm not back to my pre pregnancy weight or body but am happy with where I am at and not going to fret over these last few lbs or the things that have changed my body since having my daughter. I am proud of myself for finding a balance and continuing to be healthy. I am sure if I cut back on indulging on wine, frozen yogurt or that bowl of cereal before bed while watching tv with the hubby I would be drop those last lbs... but whats the fun in that?! Those things are well deserved and I still have to live life. So sticking to my eating well 80% of the time and indulging the other 20% is the balance I find works best for me.
So here are pics from 5 and 6 months postpartum....
5 Months Postpartum
6 Months Postpartum
My Pregnancy Nutrition:
(For my newer followers you can search through the baby tab at the top of my blog if you want more details but Ill give you a brief run down)
I gained just under 30lbs during my pregnancy. I didn't eat cheeseburgers, french fries and shakes every night. I continued to eat clean/healthy the majority of the time and indulged when I craved something. I made sure starting in the second trimester to up my calories by a couple hundred and in my third trimester by about 300-400 extra calories. The last month of my pregnancy I felt hungry all the time and listened to those cravings. The biggest thing I would recommend is just LISTEN to your body. If you feel for something eat it! The most important thing is the health of your baby! Pregnancy is not the time to obsess over every calorie. Just strive to find a balance. Be healthy and active and ENJOY your pregnancy without going hog wild.
My Pregnancy Exercise:
When I found out I was pregnant I immediately cut back the intensity of my workouts. I stopped doing abs (because lets be honest they are about to expand so what is the point of working on your six pack lol) I jogged a few times a week up until I was around 6.5 to 7 months. I also still did some strength training (lunges, squats and arms) for about 20 mins a few times a week as well. Around the 7 month mark I got a horrible cold that lasted weeks! After I got better I knew I needed to listen to my body and ease up. So after 7 months I just walked 3 to 4 times a week up until I went into labor.
My Postpartum Nutrition & Exercise:
Being that this was my first pregnancy and that I also experienced a bit of the baby blues after delivery, I wasn't rushing to jump back into the workouts. I was exhausted, emotional and my body was recovering. That being said the first two weeks I dropped almost 25lbs of the nearly 30lbs I had gained.
I think a lot of that had to do with the NON STOP breast feeding as well as continuing to eat clean. I didn't eat pizza and ice cream but did up my healthy carbs to keep my energy and milk supply up. I couldn't eat a ton of veggies and fruit like I normally did because Ava had really bad gas. So I stuck with lean proteins, steamed rice, oatmeal, ezekiel bread, avocado etc until I could add more things that her little tummy seemed to be okay with.
I started doing some easy walks at around 4 weeks but really waited until my 6 week check up before getting more consistent with them. In the evenings Ava would get fussy starting around 6pm. She always wanted to be held so I made the most out of it. I turned on my Tivo in the living room and would do some mini mommy workouts with her in my arms. I would use her as my "resistance weight" (that's one of the good thing about having a chunky baby lol). I would do some squats, lunges and arm raises while watching my E news or Kardashians. If she would go in her bouncer on the floor with out fussing I would get down right next to her and do some abs and booty moves (pelvic thrusts, donkey kicks, leg lifts etc)
Once Ava got a bit older (and we got a solid pumped milk supply on hand) I started to get back to gym when I could, which was only about twice a week. I would jog or do the elliptical machine for about 40 minutes, alternating my speed and incline to keep my body guessing. I always do abs because lets face if you just had a baby and that's the area that needs to be worked the most! I also squeeze in some strength training for about 20 mins (arms, back and lower body work outs). I just started adding in a third day a week if the hubby can watch Ava. I would love to start taking some classes but being a full time stay at home mom I just get the gym when I can. If I can't make it to the gym then I revert back to my at home mommy workouts. I still want to do a post with pictures to show you guys the equipment I use and specific work outs I do but that takes a bit more work to have the hubby take pics upload etc. Hopefully I can find time to do that for you guys!
*All this being said this is what has worked for me BUT we are all different! Go at your own pace and do whats best for you and your family! CONSISTENCY IS KEY. You need to find a schedule and build a lifestyle that will work for you. Try to make small changes in your everyday life that you can stick to! I hope this was helpful for you and congrats to all my mamas and mamas to be out there!