So it’s been a month. One month since my pregnancy ended and I became a mummy. One month since I put my body through the strains of labour and one month since my body started getting back to normal.
I was really fortunate to have a great recovery; no stitches, limited aches and pains and very low blood loss. Apart from being a bit tired I feel back to normal in myself and here’s how my body has recovered postpartum.
Belly – After two days my belly was pretty much flat and now one month on I can safely say it’s flatter than it was before I was pregnant!
I can only put that down to the fact that before I was pregnant I was living a Dubai lifestyle. I was going to the gym and eating well but that was complimented by brunches and boat parties (all you can eat and drink). I never really had a belly but there was definitely a bit of podge there.
I still have the linea nigra on my stomach and the skin is quite stretchy so I need to apply some firming butter and do some tong exercises.
Weight – During pregnancy I lost my appetite a lot, especially in the first few months being in the heat of Dubai so I didn’t gain any extra weight.
Since having Rabbit, again my appetite hasn’t been great. There have been days where at 5pm I’ve realised that I’ve had nothing but a crumpet and some chocolates all day. I know this is terrible and not great for me or Rabbit but what with trying to keep on top of everything and not having an appetite it’s really easy to forget to eat.
Boobs – Breastfeeding I think really helped to make my stomach go down so quickly as I could really feel it contracted in the early days, however my boobs are now saggy. They were always very perky before due to my boob job so this is a bit of a pain.
Stretch marks – The only stretch marks I had during pregnancy were around where my belly button was pierced. These have now gone but I have faint ones appearing on my boobs. I’m going to start using stretch mark cream on these as well as bio oil.
Back – I’ve always had back problems since I was younger. During pregnancy I’d get aches and now since giving birth it has been quite achy too. I think this is due to bad posture, I slouch over when I breastfeed so I need to remember to make myself comfortable as well as Rabbit.
Bum – I’ve lost my bum!! Before I was pregnant I used to squat and lunge religiously and I managed to build up quite the booty. Now however it’s quite frankly as flat as a pancake so I need to work on this!
Now that I’m a month on and feeling a bit more with it I’m going to focus on a healthier lifestyle. I’m going to make sure to drink a lot more fluids, eat much healthier and do some exercise. I’m thinking yoga and then maybe the squat and plank challenges where you start day one with say 10 squats and increase the quantity everyday until by day 30 you’re doing 200 squats in a go! This is ambitious I know so we’ll see how it goes!
How did you yummy mummies find recovery after labour? Any tips for getting back to your normal self?
Thanks for reading 🙂 xx