body after bump: 1 month

Ugh, how is my baby girl already 1 month old?!  I’m not liking how fast the time is going by and I’m doing my best not to think about going back to work in January.  I guess the good thing is that I am off through the holidays… #brightside

I am slowly but surely making progress back to my pre-pregnancy size, but it is going much slower than I expected.  People have been telling me that as long as I’m breastfeeding, the weight will just melt right off.  Well, after a month of breastfeeding, I’ve only lost 2 pounds.  I wouldn’t exactly say it’s melting right off.

I think breastfeeding is turning out way different for me than most people.  I haven’t had that uncomfortable engorgement feeling everyone talks about.  I have used the nipple cream maybe 2 or 3 times.  I’m not ravenously hungry every day (some days I am, but most days I’m not).  And I definitely don’t feel like my throat or lips are any drier than usual.  I guess this is just another way that each woman is different.  Or, I’m just strange and everyone else is normal.  But, I really think my body is going to tend to hold on to that weight as long as I’m breastfeeding.  I tend to hold on to weight when I need it most, like marathon training, etc.  It’s just how my body functions.  So, we’ll see in a few months what happens when/if I’m no longer breastfeeding.  OK, end of tangent.

However, I’m doing my best not to focus on the number on the scale.  Would I like to get back to my pre-preggo weight?  Of course!  But, it’s not my ultimate goal.  My number 1 goal (besides caring for my precious baby) is getting back into running, which I’ve luckily been able to do this week!

I am starting off extremely slow.  I only took a month off of running, so I’m sure I could jump back in pretty easily, but I know my body is still trying to heal and I tend to get injured fairly easily, so I want to take my time with it and do it right.  I am following Run University’s 10-week Couch to 10K training plan since it’s a bit more aggressive than other plans.  I chose it because it seems to fit my training level and ability, but is still a bit conservative on how quickly you get back to just running (no walking) and how many miles per week you run.  And I am feeling pretty good after completing the first week of the plan.  (I’ll be reporting back on Monday to tell you exactly how it went.)

Let’s take a look at the numbers, shall we?

  1 week postpartum 1 month postpartum Total lost
Weight: -16.2 lbs -2.2 lbs 18.4 pounds
Arms: -0.75 inches -0 inches 0.75 inches
Chest: -1.75 inches -0.75 inches 2.5 inches
Waist: -3.5 inches +1 inch 2.5 inches
Stomach: -1.25 inches -2.75 inches 4 inches
Hips: -0 inches -1.25 inches 1.25 inches
Thighs: -0.25 inches -0.5 0.75 inches

 

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[I’d say there some postural changes that account for some of the differences in the 2nd picture.]

My biggest concerns are my hips + stomach, as that’s where I tend to carry most of my weight and gain easily in those areas.  (Although the fact that my waist went up an inch makes me think otherwise.)  I am pretty lucky to be back in most of my pre-preggo clothes, although I wore most of them throughout pregnancy.  The one clothing item I would really like to get back into though are my jeans since I hate my maternity jeans with a flaming passion.

Unfortunately, I tried them on this past weekend and still couldn’t get them over my hips.  Boo.  But, I’m happy to see that I actually lost some inches on my hips, so hopefully I will be telling you next month that they actually fit!  Until then, I am going to buy another pair of jeans a size bigger until those jeans fit.

I am happy to be back running (ish), but I know that all the exercise in the world isn’t going to get me back to where I would like to be.  I really have to crack down on my eating in order to get there.  I’m finding it really difficult to go from the pregnant mindset of “I can eat whatever I want because I’m pregnant” to “I really need to start eating much better because I’m not pregnant anymore.”  Like I said, breastfeeding is not helping me in this department.  I’m trying to really focus on eating healthier food with the occasional indulgences (handfuls of M&M’s probably are a little too frequent in my diet), thus the weekly What I Ate Wednesday posts to keep me accountable.

So, there you have it.  I’m happy to see progress, although it’s much slower than I expected.  But, I feel really good with how I look and am ecstatic to be back in my running shoes regularly again!

  • Jen

    I cannot believe she’s one month old! WOW! Anyway, you look great! I can see a huge difference between 1 week vs. 1 month. And I completely agree, my main goal after baby comes will be running again, not weight loss. Though I bet the two will coincide together a bit.
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  • I think you look great and I can see a big difference already. Most people have told me that I can expect to be down about 20lbs after the the first month, so you are there! Given that you have JUST gotten back to exercising, I would give yourself a break and work on adding in exercise this month and then work on diet next month.
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    • Kristen

      That’s definitely my plan. I am actually not worrying about diet too much right now with the holidays. I know it’ll take me a little longer, but just focusing on eating healthy foods is enough for me right now.

  • Definitely seeing some progress. i bet more and more changes are coming your way this month. you look great. :)
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  • You look fabulous! Breastfeeding I actually ate MORE than during pregnancy – you burn a Tom thru breastfeeding. I’m so glad that’s going well for you; it did for me too. I loved it! :)

    Pants took much longer than anything else for me both times. Your pelvic bones actually spread, and that doesn’t go back, even when you lose weight – shape just changes.

    Keep it up but take it easy on yourself, you just gave birth – which is an amazing thing! ((hugs))
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  • I definitely had to watch my diet while breastfeeding to avoid gaining weight. But jumping back into exercise was such a sanity saver–alone time, guilt-free!

    You look fantastic!
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  • You look phenomenal! It’s only been a month- and your body went through changes for the past 9 months! I’m sure it’s not easy to be patient, but you’re doing great :)
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