So, what did you do yesterday?
24 Oct 2014 Filed in: Other
So, what did you do yesterday?Yesterday, I had a baby boy! He was born after a super fast labour of 2.5 hrs, just after midnight. The birth went well, and both of us came out of it fairly unscathed.
Yesterday, I had a baby boy! He was born after a super fast labour of 2.5 hrs, just after midnight. The birth went well, and both of us came out of it fairly unscathed.
He was pretty much the average weight (3.53 kg), length (53 cm) and head circumference (35.7 cm) for baby boys.
Baby Z joins our family of four to make us five. The boys now outnumber the girls.
My Facebook page is full of well wishes from friends and family, which is lovely. But there is also a disturbing number of "suggested sites" from Mr Google/Facebook on "how to get a flat stomach post baby"
, "the 6 week plan to regain my figure", "tone my abs in 7 days after birth"
I am super keen to get back on the bike; but I am going to be making sure I am all healed and have the fundamentals in place to look after my body.
So, go away Mr Google/Facebook suggested posts!
I am not interested in "getting a flat stomach in 7 days". I want my body to take its time to slowly retract my uterus and muscles back into place. It took a long time to slowly stretch and grow a baby, it needs time to revert back.
To feed my baby, my body needs good fuel to make good milk. Lots of water, fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy, carbohydrates. It's easy to forget to feed yourself when looking after a newborn, plus two other kids. There will be no "super diets for weigh loss to regain my figure"! I need good fuel!
Here I am 1 day after he was born. I am amazed that he fit inside me and I am proud that my body can amazingly grow a person and birth it.!
To rebuild and strengthen my body, my focus over the next 6 weeks is to start from the inside out. This will include:
Core strength and pelvic floor exercises, yoga, stretching, realigning my spine/pelvis/lower back/shoulders, working on posture (it's easy to slouch when breastfeeding).
I need to remember to get as much sleep as I can. Sleep deprivation is a cruel torture and it makes everyone cranky and nasty.
Once I'm healed and have the fundamentals in place, the next focus will be on hitting the trails, getting some kms into my legs and building some strength so I can be super fast !
I am so keen to get on my new bike. But I also need to focus on the new edition, enjoy these lovely newborn snuggles, feel his soft skin and listen to his shallow breath. While also giving the other kids and Tony the attention and loving that they need. Busy times ahead!
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