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Pursuit of the Perfect Postpartum body: week 2
•Weight: bit of a heavy heart
•Kind of smelly. Between my bleeding and B.O. from the night sweats I’m ready for a good hose down.
•nutrition: I know I need more protein but I’ve basically eaten trail mix and brownies as I’ve held and nursed my 2 week old all while I also held and comforted my fevered 2 year old.
I don’t know if it’s just a rule of the universe but I swear it has happened with every single one of my babies... first week of life and already TWO of my other kids have fevers. I wonder if it’s stress induced? Life has changed and they aren’t sure how to process it so they get stressed out and their immune systems decrease. It’s a working theory.
I’m just entirely grateful my body knows how to turn water and fat into breastmilk chucked full with anti-bodies and nutrients for this tiny person. In a house full of germs.
It’s funny how the reality of so recently having such a huge hard 10 month belly and it immediately turning into a like a 6 month belly I feel so good when I put clothes on! Like I put my stretchy pants on and I don’t feel like they are cutting off my circulation and it kind of flattens out my tummy and I think, “damn! I feel good!” Perspective is everything. I know that with my previous children these kinds of thoughts wore off when time went by and my body never got back to my pre-pregnancy weight before I got pregnant again. My goal is to be kinder and more grateful for every part of my body, instead of focusing on what I think it should look like.
A development since my last baby, I don’t own a scale. I didn’t feel like it contributed to my happiness or my appreciation of all that my body does for me. So I got rid of it. And honestly I haven’t missed it, I have filled my time and my mind with things that serve me better.
The number on the scale never has actually given me an overall desire to take care of my body. But the things that do give me the desire to exercise and eat well is noticing how awesome my body is. I went through my entire pregnancy without weighing myself. I don't know the weight I started out with or the weight I ended with. Instead of focusing on an obscure number to take information from, I tuned in with my body and noticed what felt better in my body and what didn't feel good. It has made a huge difference in my overall happiness.
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Education is KEY to setting yourself up for your best possible birth. Knowing your options and how to advocate for yourself makes a huge difference.
With the main reason people develop hemorrhoids is from pressure in the bottom, it seems unlikely many women will experience pregnancy and birth unscathed.