I always enjoy body after baby posts on other blogs so I wanted to share my story, complete with embarrassing photos…
My experience with getting back in shape after having Ezra has been drastically different from after I had Zain. There are a few reasons why: When I was pregnant with Zain, I gained about 40lbs…on top of the 20lbs I gained after hubby and I got married.
The 20lbs came from the 2 miscarriages I had before I got pregnant with Zain and the toll they took on my body with the hormonal changes…plus a little emotional eating thrown in for good measure.
I did not exercise while I was pregnant with Zain. I had not been consistently running before my pregnancy so that wasn’t even an option. I started out regularly going on long walks with our dog who was a puppy at the time. When I had some unexplained bleeding around 9-10 weeks, I freaked out and stopped even going on walks.
After I had Zain, I felt like I had a mountain to climb when it came to getting back in shape. Not only did I need to lose the baby weight, but I also needed to lose the pre-baby weight. I didn’t even reach my pre-Zain, pre-miscarriages weight until a few months before I got pregnant with Ezra (that would be about 2 years after having Zain).
With my pregnancy with Ezra, everything was different. I started my pregnancy at a healthier weight. I ran until 20 weeks when I had to stop due to the tendonitis in my ankle. I wish I could have run for longer, but it is what it is. Even after I stopped running, I remained active by walking and using the elliptical. I gained 29lbs during my pregnancy – a much healthier amount and still in the 25-30lb recommended weight gain range.
Ezra is 3.5 months old now and I am a mere 5lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I have not been dieting in any way because I don’t do diets; I like to eat whatever I want :). Plus, I am running and breastfeeding so I am consuming a lot of calories to keep up with both of those things. I also know that with breastfeeding, the body sometimes likes to hang onto a little extra weight so I’m not stressing about those 5lbs. I’m just really thankful that I’ve bounced back quicker this time.
In addition to having a healthier pregnancy the second time around, the difference recovering from a natural birth as opposed to a c-section is another reason why I’ve been able to jump back into running so easily this time. It took a long time for me to feel healed enough to run after my c-section with Zain.
The funny thing is that I have never appreciated my body until after I had kids. I can now look back on pictures of myself pre-kids and wish I had that body again, even though I know that I wasn’t happy with my body then. Tell me I’m not the only one who does this :).
Now that I’ve been through 2 pregnancies and experienced becoming the size of a house, I appreciate my body so much more when I’m back in shape. Plus, I appreciate what my body is capable of – creating these perfect little boys.
So here you go:
At 14 weeks postpartum, following a 12 mile run:
Like most women, I’ve struggled with body image issues for as long as I can remember. I’ve never truly been happy with my body and I’ve always wished I could change certain things. Having babies has helped me see that my body is capable of so much more than I ever knew it was and I appreciate it so much more for that, as cheesy as it sounds. Running has also shown me that my body is capable of more than I thought it was. I never thought I’d be able to work up to running 12 miles by 14 weeks postpartum, especially since it’s not like I ran until the end of my pregnancy. I started back at square 1. I’m feeling pretty confident and very excited for my first half marathon of the year in a week and a half!
Anyone else have drastically different experiences getting back in shape after having each kid?