4 months postpartum

Bonjour my lovely readers, I can’t believe I’m writing this post already. It seems like only yesterday that I was writing my one month postpartum post and I did actually plan to post every month – forgive me; you know how it is with a bambino!

So… I was really lucky with my body. I didn’t really have any baby weight; I actually lost weight during pregnancy (non intentional). My tummy went down within a week or so and I honestly didn’t think I’d have anything new to report. However, over the last few weeks I’ve become more aware of how much my body has actually changed … none for the better unfortunately. photo 2-116

Here’s a breakdown, from the top down:

Hair – I always heard that you’re hair gets thicker during pregnancy and then fall out once bambino arrives. I then realised than your hair doesn’t actually grow thicker, it just doesn’t fall out as much as usial. SO during pregnancy I had a fab mane ( sorry to boast but it was pretty damn voluminous!).

After giving birth, time ticked on, and on, and on… and still no hair loss. I was starting to think that I’d been lucky and missed the boat but oh no; the past week it’s really started to fall out. In the shower, when I brush it, when I take it out of a hair tie – it’s not fussy. Luckily it is very thick so I can stand to lose some; but it’s still a bit of a bummer!

Skin – I used to always get hormone related spots. They were usually along my jaw line and chin and were often related to my diet too. Wine and chocolate didn’t agree with my face and I was sure to wake up after a night out with a lovely new pal or two! Luckily, during pregnancy my skin got better and for the first few months after birth it stayed really clear (except for the under eye bags of course!). Now however, it’s gone back to being really sensitive to my diet and unfortunately, that time of the month too!

Boobs – You may know from previous posts that I had a boob job in Feb of last year; a few months before I fell pregnant. Of course they then got bigger during pregnancy and breastfeeding and now that I’m no longer breastfeeding, they’re far from my moneys worth. I have very faint stretch marks on them but the thing that I don’t like is that they’re no longer full; they’re just kind of deflated.

Stomach – I’m really lucky that my stomach has gone back to being completely flat. In fact, it’s probably flatter than it’s ever been but that’s down to not having the time to pig out. The skin is quite stretchy now which it wasn’t before but luckily there are no stretch marks on it.

Back – As someone who’s always suffered with back problems I was completely expecting it to get worse during pregnancy – which of course it did. It then continued to get worse after birth and because I’ve been really lapse (non existent) on the exercise front, I’m really suffering with lower back pains. I have a doctors appointment next week so hopefully I’ll be referred to a physio or chiropractor to get it sorted.

Period – Of course, that’s come back. I had about 3 months after birth without one but now it’s back and seems to be the same as pre-pregnancy – yay!

Body hair – I swear my leg hair just didn’t grow during pregnant – either that or my bump was too big for me to notice it; but now I seem to have to shave every blady day (sorry if TMI).

Bum – I worked soo blooming hard to get myself a perky bum. It was never going to be Kardashian worthy but it was certainly bootyliscious (yea I did just write that haha) and now it’s gone. Honestly, it’s as flat as a pancake and no matter how much Pete say’s he loves it – I hate it!

So there we go. I may seem confident with my body, especially with my instagram selfies but there certainly are things about my post baby bod that I’m far from happy with. Of course I know that every mummy wears the scars of having a baby and that’s something to be so proud of. I’m not bothered enough about my body to dwell on it but it has all happened in a short space of time so has been a bit of a shock to the system.

When I get a chance in-between Jasper’s napping and pooping, I will do some more of our mummy baby workouts … they were pretty fun!

How do you feel about your body post-pregnancy?

 

Thanks for reading xx

 

6 Comments

  • Jenna Richards
    16th August 2014 at 12:50 pm Reply

    Oh my God, the hair loss thing is a nightmare. For months I thought I got away with it and now, all of a sudden, it’s everywhere. It’s left my locks looking rather limp! 🙁

    You still look gorgeous.

    xx

    • Jessica
      17th August 2014 at 7:30 pm Reply

      I know I thought it would happen straight away the blady bugger … snuck up on us didn’t it!? Thanks lovely … so are you 😉 xxx

  • Sarah Knott (@KnottBumpAndUs)
    16th August 2014 at 2:00 pm Reply

    Love your update and love how honest you are! You look FAB (and I know this cause I see you in real life haha). I hear you on the hair and boob front – it’s so depressing. I’ve been squatting like a mad woman trying to perk my bum bum back up haha. Lots of lovvve xx

    • Jessica
      17th August 2014 at 7:27 pm Reply

      Aww thanks lovely, you’re a bit of a beaut yourself 😀 haha I’m not even going to pretend to say I squat too, I’m terrible! This week though – it’s on! xxx

  • jessicaviljoen
    20th August 2014 at 1:30 pm Reply

    Hi! I came across you on Instagram, when I looked at hashtags – our babies are the same age! (And my name is Jessica, too! We live in South Africa.)

    I adore these exercises done with baby, awesome ideas, definitely going to give them a try. The best is how many kisses your little man gets inbetween, precious!
    xx

    http://jessv83.blogspot.com/

    • Jessica
      22nd August 2014 at 12:17 pm Reply

      HI Jessica! Aww thanks so much, I’ll check your blog out now 🙂 They’re so much fun (when you get time to do them haha) xx

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