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.