Hi everyone! Can I just reach through this computer screen and give you a big ol’ hug?! Thanks for all the love and encouragement y’all left on my last Instagram post. I read through every comment and private message and all of your kind words made my heart melt! It’s great to know that some of my experiences might be helpful and give you encouragement. And apparently I’m not alone in having issues with navigating through pregnancy and post-partum life.
My tiny baby chunk turned 3 weeks old. We spend 90% of our days laying on my bed or outside watching my other 3 musketeers play in our backyard. She’s nursing every 2-3 hours and this mama is tired. all. the. time. Early on, she was latching–unlatching–latching–I mean, hello nipple whiplash. And hellloooooo contractions during every single nursing session. Ouch! On the bright side, those contractions meant my uterus was shrinking back down into my pelvis and so I stubbornly welcomed them. Not to mention, those natural contractions will never touch the intense Pitocin contractions I felt during my entire labor! I”ll have to share her birth story once I’m sleeping more than 2-3 hours 😉 For now I’m soaking up the quiet, precious bonding time with her since she’s gotten the hang of nursing.
A few days after the delivery I found out that I had a uterine or kidney infection. It’s a long story, but I had horrid back pain and high fevers for 7 days. I had more fevers in that 1 week than I had in my entire life! After the infection cleared up, I spent the next week working on enjoying my new life as a mom to 4 babes since my hubby’s spring break ended and he was back in residency.
During my 2nd week post-partum, I wore the white velcro belly wrap that my hospital gave me. Every night my hubby would help me wrap it tightly around my hips and belly. During my pregnancy, I had SI joint pain and Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction. Having a band wrapped tightly around my hips gave me instant relief and my lingering pain from the SPD is nearly gone. Hallelujah! I wore the hospital belly wrap about 50% of the day for 1 week and noticed a huge difference in how quickly my belly shrunk. I started taking AM and PM post-natal multivitamins. I LOVE evidence-based vitamins and supplements and was impressed that everything inside these vitamins had science and clinical trials to back them up! If you’re interested, you can check them out here: https://www.forteelements.com/product-category/nutritional-supplements/
I’ve been slowly adding more protein and nutritious foods to my diet, while enjoying way too many amazingly delicious meals brought by friends and family. Water intake: OUT OF CONTROL. Since I’m nursing full-time I’m chugging water like a part-time job. I’m SO thirsty, which is keeping me hydrated. When he’s home, my hubs is keeping my hospital tumbler topped off.
By the end of my second week, I started venturing out and finally gave in to my favorite exercise buddy and went to the gym for the first time for a light workout. Stair climber 10 minute warm-up, followed by a full body light-resistance weight training session. I finished with an additional 10 minutes on the stair climber. It honestly felt great to get my heart rate up without a baby in my belly. For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be avoiding any high impact exercises like running and jumping until my pelvic floor is ready. Since I had diastasis recti (DR) with my twin pregnancy, I’ve been incredibly careful throughout this pregnancy and am still planning on avoiding sit-ups, crunches, planks, push-ups, etc because they widen the gap and shouldn’t be done until the transverse abdominal muscles are strengthened and tightened again. For now, until my gap is fully healed, I’m doing simple breathing exercises. Future blog post focusing on DR coming at you soon 🙂 Let’s be friends! Go ahead and scroll down and get posts sent directly to your email by subscribing. And please, please I would love for you to add your comments and experiences, and any suggestions of future posts you’d like me to share!