After much debate, I've decided to share my 'body after baby.' This post isn't meant to gain praise. It's meant to inspire. I'm a just a regular gal, with real struggles. If this post inspires one person then it's served its purpose.
It's been eight months since Emerson was born! Since then I've posted a few 'body after baby' photos on instagram, but it's time to share my journey and the dirty truth.
Unfortunately, I didn't have the luxury of going home. Instead I had to drive two hours to be with Emerson who had been transported to the NICU at UC Davis Medical Center. There were a lot of things going on during my first week postpartum. The first few days I felt bloated, sore and tired. Here's what I looked like two days postpartum.
I tried everything to increase my milk supply. At around four weeks postpartum I started eating anything and everything I could. Once I started eating more my milk supply increased. More calories = more milk. I really started to take advantage of the extra breastfeeding calories. However, my body changed. At this point I still wasn't cleared for full activity so I was only walking. Although I was shrinking in size, I slowly started to see my muscles fade. I became frustrated.
Yes, I dropped all the weight and then some in the first three weeks. Heck, I was lower than my pre-pregnancy weight, but soft and squishy. I might have "bounced" back, but my body isn't what it was. It takes time and hard work. Today I'm strong, but there's still things I need to work on, like core. Slow and steady wins the race and prevents injury.
Honestly, good old fashion diet and exercise. I worked my butt off while I was pregnant and it paid off big time. I also was in great shape prior to getting pregnant. Don't get me wrong I'm not prefect I did indulge here and there.
While some may not agree with me that's ok. Being fit is important to me. I want to be the best version of me I can be and that includes how I look. My workouts are my "me" time. I'm also creating good habits for my family and I'm pretty sure my husband isn't complaining about it. Although, I know he would love me at any size.
Where am I today?
Every week I'm making fitness gains. Emerson is healthy and I was able to breastfeed her until she was 6 months old. My diet is decent, but could always be better. My goal, over the next few months, is to maintain workouts while eating clean 90% of the time.
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