One of the hardest parts throughout pregnancy is the different changes to your body and the fluctuation of hormones. You gain weight and it might still be there after you deliver your baby. A lot of people say breastfeeding will help you loose weight but that’s not always the case. I am just starting to loose it after a year, as I wean my son. Yesterday I finally got my original wedding band around my finger! I’m happy I didn’t get it re-sized and now I can wear it again. I thought I would never fit into it! Just like my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.
I went shopping this past weekend, in my other closet. What a relief for my hubby to know that it was my closet and not a store. I admit I’m a little bit of a shop-aholic. I’m one of those girls that has forty pairs of shoes. I didn’t know what to do with all of them when my feet swelled up two sizes up. I was in shock. I guess I didn’t realize that not only my waistline would change but my shoe size as well. I’m happy to say that I’m almost back down to my regular size but it did take a year. So my shopping spree consisted of many surprises, I haven’t seen my clothes for a year and nine months! All of my clothes were stashed in boxes and I finally had a chance to go through it all. I was filled with happiness to see all of my pre-baby clothes but saddened that I might not be able to fit into most of them. Yes I am aware that my waist isn’t a size 26 anymore unfortunately but there’s still hope. I was excited to fit into some of my old shirts again. I kept most of my clothes to give me another year to try to fit into them. I promise to you readers that by next February 2st 2015 if I do not fit into something I’m giving it away. It’s different for everyone. Some women can just give birth and be back to their pre-pregnancy size jeans the next day. It doesn’t always work that way so don’t feel defeated. The joy of having your little one in your arms always overcomes the weight battles. It took me one long year to physically recover from my birth, but that’s also because I jumped back in and quickly returned to school a week later. I don’t recommend that to anyone. It’s not beneficial for the mother or the baby to be separated so early on. The first few weeks of your baby’s life are sacred and you should be there as much as you can. In eastern medicine they recommend that the mother stays home for a whole month and doesn’t go outside. She isn’t supposed to go out into the cold or wash her hair. Birth is thought to be a reset button for your body and introducing cold into your body will increase the time it takes to recover. Acupuncture is great to get postpartum to help restore the deficiencies in your body!
I’m starting a cleanse on Monday. It’s the standard process purification. I will keep you updated how it goes but its time for a change. Its time to detox. Get rid of all the bad junk food that I’ve eaten over the past year because there just wasn’t enough time for homemade food. There’s never enough time to stand by the stove and cook all day when you’re a mom, wife, and a graduate student. Sometimes I wake up and am already exhausted from my long to do list for the day. Yet its time for a change. You need to look after yourself so you have enough energy to take care of your little one. Buy a yoga mat and use it at home. Spend 15 minutes per day to start working on strengthening your abdominal muscles.
This is what I learned in my yoga class this week which is great to do 6-8 weeks postpartum! Start to strengthen those abs!
In yoga this pose is called: Naukasana (boat pose)
Lie in the base position, palms down.
Keep the eyes open throughout.
Breathe in deeply. Hold the breath and then raise the legs, arms, shoulders, head and trunk off the ground.
The shoulders and feet should be no more than 15 cm off the floor. Balance the body on the buttocks and keep the spine straight.
The arms should be held at the same level and in line with the toes. The hands should be open with the palms down.
Look towards the toes.
Remain in the final position and hold the breath. Count to 5 mentally (or for longer if possible).
Breathe out and return to the supine position. Be careful not to injure the back of the head while returning to the floor.
Relax the whole body.
This is one round.
Practice 3 to 5 rounds.
Relax in shavasana after each round, gently pushing out the abdomen with inhalation to relax the stomach muscles.
Breathing: Inhale before raising the body.
Retain the breath while raising, tensing and lowering the body. Exhale in the base position.
Awareness: On the breath, movement, mental counting and tensing of the body (especially the abdominal muscles) in the final position.
Benefits: This asana stimulates the muscular, digestive, circulatory, nervous and hormonal systems, tones all the organs and removes lethargy. It is especially useful for eliminating nervous tension and bringing about deep relaxation. If practiced upon waking it immediately restores freshness.
Look out for breastfeeding tips next week and an update on my purification diet. I will definitely include some recipes for morning veggie shakes!