Postpartum Update: Weeks 7 & 8

Hey there, friends! I decided not to do separate posts for weeks 7 and 8 because things aren’t really changing that rapidly anymore.

Physical Stuff
After my disappointing six week follow up appointment, I decided to just focus on what I CAN do, and have been hitting the yoga and walking hard. As you’ve likely seen on IG, I have sprinkled in some short spurts of running here and there, and so far, so good. I have also done a few planks and squats here and there as sort of a fitness test, and boy oh boy, am I weak. Even a thirty second plank on my elbows is HARD. I feel like I’ve lost all of the fitness I gained in the year of CrossFit prior to getting pregnant, which is a tough blow, but it is what it is. I got strong once before, and I can do it again.

On Monday the 27th, I had my follow up appointment to fix an area that healed incorrectly, and also had an IUD inserted at the same time. It was a super quick outpatient procedure. Thankfully, it was WAY less terrible than I thought, though it’s meant more bleeding and discomfort. The good news is, I wasn’t advised to discontinue physical activity, so I’ve been continuing with my return to running.

Now that I’m increasing my physical activity, it’s more important than ever to be adequately fueling my body, so we are back to meal planning once a week. I’m also doing some light meal prep for myself as well. I make a couple of batches of overnight oats every few days, and make sure that there’s some brown rice all cooked up in the fridge. That way I can add beans, corn, and veggies for an easy, healthy lunch if there aren’t any leftovers to heat up. I may do a post on my meal planning/prep in the future if anyone is interested.

Breastfeeding
I am still feeding Vera on demand, which is every two-ish hours during the day, and every three to four hours at night. I’m also pumping once or twice a day, getting four or five ounces at a time, so we’re getting a nice freezer stash together.

For the most part, nursing is pleasant. I sit in a comfy chair and hang out with my sweet baby, watching TV or reading blogs on my phone. But it can also feel really taxing. Nursing sessions take up to 40 minutes at a time, and when they happen every two hours, it can be hard to go anywhere or get anything done. Even managing to make myself food or use the bathroom between nursing, playing, and settling her for naps can be challenging. While I am intensely grateful that I am able to breastfeed my baby, it is far from easy.

Emotional Stuff
Ben went back to work this past Thursday, which was a huge transition for us. We both feel immensely lucky that the timing worked out so that he was able to be home with me and Vera for seven whole weeks, but having had him around for so long, I was worried about how I would handle everything on my own. There are lots of feelings to unpack, so I’m planning to do a separate post on the topic of being a stay at home mom. Stay tuned for that.

Wrapping it Up
The so-called “fourth trimester” extends until a woman is 12 weeks postpartum, but I don’t think I need to be doing weekly recaps anymore. I’m feeling mostly “normal” at this point. I may touch back on this subject again after my fourth trimester is over, but I’m not sure yet.

On the whole, I feel blessed that my postpartum journey has gone as well as it has. Most women don’t get to have their partners with them as long as I did, and some don’t even get a maternity leave all that long, while I get to stay home with Vera full time. Ben’s return to work has been a difficult transition, but I don’t really feel like I’ve suffered any “baby blues.” My body has been recovering well. I have a well-developed, close-knit support system. And I have a healthy, happy baby, and a loving, supportive partner who is an amazing co-parent.

Becoming a mother has been such a crazy trip. It’s simultaneously the hardest and easiest thing I’ve ever done. Even when I’m exhausted and really have to pee and Vera just won’t stop crying unless I bounce her vigorously, all I can think about is how much I love her and how happy I am to have her. Ben and I waited a long time to get pregnant because we knew the circumstances weren’t right. I’ve been aching to be a mother for years, and now Vera is finally here and we’re just so happy. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us.

Anybody interested in a meal planning/prep post?

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