My Postpartum Body Image

I was one of the many women applauding Kate Middleton showing off her postpartum bump on the way home from having baby George. But recently I was feeling bad about myself when she “debuted” her post-baby body. She looked stunning – as always! – and I found myself looking down at my midsection and making comparisons. That’s what society has programmed us to do, right? Compare our imperfections to the seemingly perfect bodies of others?

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mamatea Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received two samples of Mamatea for review. The opinions below are entirely my own.

mama tea

We often hear about certain tea blends that are great to drink while you’re pregnant or nursing, but have you actually tried them? They’re not very pleasant! I have to admit, I’m more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker. I think that’s because I had never tried mamatea.

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My Most Embarrassing Goodwill Drop-Off

I’ve made lots of drop-offs of donations to Goodwill over the years – usually coinciding with our moves. The donation I made yesterday is easily the most embarrassing. I may have skidded my tires during my haste to get out of there.

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No, I don’t want a receipt, thankyouverymuch!

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#Mamavation Monday: Today’s The Day!

This afternoon, I should be getting a clear bill of postpartum health from my OBGYN! I am beyond thrilled to start working out again. I was too sick my entire pregnancy to work out, so it has been a LONG time since I’ve done anything except walking.

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Breathing It All In

When I think back to the days and weeks after C was born, I don’t remember that much. I was trying desperately to breastfeed, but felt like I was failing. Hubster and I were extremely sleep deprived. C developed colic around his second week of life. He needed to be held in order to sleep. I remember a lot of crying, a lot of stress, a lot of frustration, a lot of uncertainty in my ability to raise a human being.

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#Mamavation Monday: Two Weeks Postpartum

Two Weeks Postpartum

It’s hard to believe that two weeks have passed since Baby Jo was born. In some ways, it seems like the time has flown by; but in others, it’s like she’s been with us forever.

Things are going quite well for me. In fact, I find that I need to remind myself that I’m recovering from a c-section and need to slow down. I’ve now lost 20 pounds, so I’m 2 pounds lighter than when I got pregnant! I’m thrilled with the weight loss thus far and I’m so eager for the weather to get a little warmer so that we can start going on family walks. I think the sunshine and fresh air will be helpful for my mood, and I know that C will really enjoy it, too.

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#Mamavation Monday: One Week Postpartum!

I’m baaaack! ;) I haven’t posted a Mamavation Monday update in a few weeks, because there wasn’t much to report. I was very pregnant, very uncomfortable, and very sedentary. Baby Jo surprised us last Sunday when she decided to arrive early!

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Baby Jo’s First Few Days

The past few days in the hospital since Baby Jo’s birth have been filled with visitors, family, soaking in our new arrival, and getting as much sleep as possible before we go home and don’t have access to the nursery. ;) Here are the highlights of Baby Jo’s first few days in our lives.

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My Post-Baby Indulgence Wish List

Every once in a while, I get a craving for something that’s a big “no-no” during pregnancy.  I’ve added several things to my list during the holidays, when delicious food and beverages abound.

I look forward to hearing some of your post-pregnancy must-haves!  Here are mine:

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Building My Team of Doctors

So, if you haven’t heard…Hubster and I are starting to think about trying for Baby Deuce.  Since I’ll be at high risk for experiencing another postpartum mood disorder, I want to be as prepared as possible before becoming pregnant.  I’ve been working on building my “team.”

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A Struggle With Body Image

I’m kind of nervous to put this “out there,” because I’ve always kept my struggles with body image and weight very quiet.  But I realize that I’m not the only woman with this inner battle, so I’ve decided to just own it.

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My Postpartum Depression Confession

This post is difficult for me to write.  It’s terrifying to reveal my deepest, darkest secrets to the world; but I’ve done it before and I’m going to do it again.  Last week, I recognized my postpartum depression (PPD) symptoms by reading about someone else’s journey to diagnosis.  I’m willing to publicize my secrets in the hope that another woman might recognize her symptoms in my story.

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My Son Killed My Mid-Section

I was excited to notice how loose the jeans are that I’ve been wearing since having C.  So, I thought I’d test my luck and try on all of my old jeans.  Um…yeah, that was a bad idea.

My pre-C jeans fit perfectly everywhere except the waist.  C killed my mid-section!  Ugh.  It’s terrible.  I need to lose probably another 2-3 inches on my waist before I can fit into those old jeans.  Somehow I’ve managed to shrink my thighs and butt back to their pre-C level, but that ol’ waist is hanging tough.  C stretched it to the max and I hope it’ll someday shrink back up.

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Twinges

Ever watch those baby shows that follow the couple into the delivery room?  I used to be obsessed with them.  Now, I can’t watch the c-section ones because I know that it happened to me – and it will happen for my subsequent deliveries.  The thought of my flesh, muscles and uterus being sliced open and stretched back makes me very squeamish.

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The Return of a Frenemy

I went to the doctor last week to make sure I didn’t have bronchitis (I was sick for 2 weeks and have had a cough for 3), and had quite an interesting visit.  During the preliminary questions, she asked when my last menstrual period was.  When I told her that I hadn’t gotten it back yet after having C, she looked up from my file with big eyes and said, “You’re not pregnant, are you?”  I mirrored those big eyes when I said, “No!”

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Postpartum Hair Loss

I had heard of the postpartum hair loss phenomenon, but I didn’t think it would happen to me.  When I had made it two months without it rearing its ugly head, I thought I was safe.  Perhaps it was when I stopped breastfeeding, or perhaps it just took that long for my hormones to start regulating…regardless, I’m now experiencing hair loss.

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The Incredible Disappearing Chest

I used to be pretty darn happy with my perky Ds.  Then I got pregnant and they got alarmingly large.  Now that I’ve stopped breastfeeding…let me paint you a picture.

Have you ever blown up a balloon, not tied it and let it go?  It flies around the room, finally sputtering and dying, completely deflated on the ground.

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A Bag of Urine

That is a STRANGE blog post title, you say?  Well yes, it is.

Today I ask you what struck you as odd once you were no longer pregnant?  For me, the strangest thing was going into the OBGYN office without a bag containing my first-morning urine.  :-)

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First Post-Baby Workout at the Gym

If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll know how excited I was to start working out again.  It was pretty much a standard answer to the “What are you looking forward to” question in my weekly updates.  :)  Well…this week, I signed up for a 7-day pass to a 24-hour gym in my town and decided that I will join.  When I was given the tour, I was practically drooling over the exercise machines.  I was so excited.

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Postpartum Body

Ugh…I didn’t want it to get warm so quickly.  I don’t have anything to wear!

I’m in this “in-between” phase for clothing options and it is not fun!  I have a pair of maternity jeans from early in my pregnancy that I’ve been wearing, but they tend to fall down easily since I don’t have the belly to hold them up.  I have sweatpants.  Other than that…I need to lose another 2-3 inches in my waist before I can comfortably button my pre-pregnancy pants.  Boo!!

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