Postpartum Body

There’s no doubt that pregnancy is a miracle and just an amazing feat of the female body. Even after 4 kids I am always in awe that I grew these perfect babes inside my belly for 9 months. I love being pregnant, I love the huge belly. I don’t even mind postpartum. Much.

I totally know that my body went through a lot for the past 9 months and that it’s not going to bounce right back. I’m a firm believer in the 4th trimester. But that’s not to say that I don’t want my body to return to its prepregnancy size. And, now that Brynn is a month old, I think it’s time I put in a bit more effort to making that happen.

I’m not one who just bounces right back. My postpartum belly hangs around for a while. With my previous 3 kids I slowly was able to get into more and more of my prepregnancy clothes starting at around 2 months. It took about 4 months before I was able to walk into my closet, pick any pair of pants, and have them fit comfortably.

My previous postpartum was about 140 lbs and a size 10. When Liv was a year, I followed my sister’s 28-day Plan and lost 10 pounds and dropped to a size 6, so I have a new pre-pregnancy goal. I gained about the same weight (within) 5 pounds every time, so I’m expecting this journey to be about the same. A little shout out to my sis – the girl knows her stuff – check out her blog for recipes, a great podcast, and anything nutrition related.

So, I’ll take a deep breath and post these pics and my stats. No one really wants a pic of their postpartum belly out there for the world to see, but I promised before to keep it real for you all. I’ll keep checking in to keep you posted on my progress and to keep myself accountable!

These pics are at 3 days, 10 days, 20 days, and 1 month postpartum. These were all taken first thing in the morning, I feel like as the day goes on my belly looks bigger. I also feel like I may have been sub-consciously holding it in a bit.

I will follow a similar plan to what I did when I lost weight a couple of years ago, focusing on eating real foods and getting enough healthy fats and carbs to keep my milk supply up. I am also going to ease into working out by walking and following this stretching guide (awesome for pregnancy and postpartum) until I go to my 6 week checkup and am OK’ed add in more movement. I love Dana’s site for pregnancy and motherhood health, fitness, and well-being.

I have found that for me diet has the biggest impact on my size and the exercise is to help me stay toned and fit for keeping up with the kids.

  • Prepregnancy weight: 130 lbs
  • Birth Day weight: 162 lbs
  • One month postpartum weight: 147 lbs
  • 15 pounds lost, 17 to go
  • I can squeeze (barely) into most of my size 6 pants on, but they are CRAZY tight and are nowhere close to buttoning.

Since 5 days postpartum I have been wearing a Bellefit Corset. I think it helped with the initial size drop, but I’m not sure I’m still benefitting from it. I do know that it made it much easier to be up and moving after my c-section. With 3 other littles around the house I wasn’t able to give my body the rest time they suggested, but the corset offered enough support that I wasn’t as sore from moving around and getting out and about. They are a bit pricy, so I bought a used one on ebay.

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    1. Love your blog, Paige – both the fashion and the life elements and always look forward to your next post xx

      1. That means so much, Heidi! Thanks for taking time to read and comment. Have a great Sunday!

    1. I think you look great! I’ve always had a little pooch belly no matter my weight or size and my goal is to try and shrink that after this baby. I love your plan and wish you luck! You can do it gf!

      1. Kristen,
        Thank you! I have never had super flat abs or showed any sort of muscle. I just need to get the area between my knees and belly button to shrink so my regular pants will fit! I never realize how big my butt and hips get until the belly is gone. For me, I know that if I just suck it up and stick to a plan for a few weeks I’ll feel and see a difference. After that, it may be a matter of just time… Thanks for the support! Paige

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