• Motherhood,  Postpartum

    3 Myths About Losing the Baby Weight

    When I was pregnant with my first child, all I wanted to do was make it to delivery. Of course, I read a few things about taking care of newborns, but I didn’t really read up on how to take care of myself post-delivery. I mostly didn’t want to think about it, because I know recovery can be different for everyone depending on how your labor and delivery goes. But one thing that just about all postpartum moms have in common is that darn baby weight. Gaining weight during pregnancy is a good and natural thing, but once the baby’s born you don’t really need all of that extra weight. Some of it…

  • Health & Exercise,  Motherhood,  Postpartum

    Tips for Running Postpartum

    Getting back in shape after having a baby is hard. You probably won’t feel like doing much of anything for a few weeks; most doctors prescribe no exercise until after 6 weeks. But once you do get cleared to exercise, you really should do so. It will help you lose the rest of the baby weight, get you outside and/or with people, and make you somewhat feel like a normal human again. One of my favorite ways to exercise is to run, and I was eager to get back into running after having my first baby. I actually ended up starting back running at four weeks postpartum, because I felt…

  • Labor & Delivery,  Postpartum,  Pregnancy

    Pain Tolerance

    One of my greatest fears throughout my first pregnancy was the fear of labor. I think it is universally acknowledged as the worst pain anyone can go through, yet somehow women still go through it voluntarily! Labor was a mystery to me – how could something so painful be something that anyone would want to do more than once, if at all to begin with? Part of my fear was the fact that I had not experienced much physical pain throughout my life. I’ve never broken a bone, never had major surgery, and never had stitches. So if labor was a 10 on the pain scale, then the most I…

  • Motherhood,  Postpartum

    The Postpartum Period Defined in Two Words

    People use a lot of different words to describe the postpartum period, known by some as the “fourth trimester”, but I think it is universally acknowledged that the changes in a woman’s body are not over immediately after she pops out a baby. No matter how your labor and delivery went, every woman has some period of recovery as well as adjusting to life with a new baby (whether it’s your first child or not). As I wrap up my own fourth trimester, I would define the postpartum period with two words: Bodily Fluids. I’ve got a list of six different aspects to this that may help you be better…

  • Motherhood,  Postpartum

    Recovery After Baby

    “You look like you’ve already lost all your baby weight!” This is a comment I received from several people about a month after Lilly was born. Nice, but not true. I had only lost about two-thirds of the baby weight, and during pregnancy I had lost a considerable amount of muscle so I would have still looked flabby even if I had lost all the weight. Although it looks like some women recover from pregnancy and labor faster than others, postpartum is a tough road to go through for everyone. The weight/outward appearance is really the only thing that other people can make note of in your recovery process, but that is…