Well I am officially 6 weeks postpartum! As any mamas out there know, this is a major benchmark after having a baby. While I don’t feel 100% or “fully recovered” -I wasn’t expecting some overnight magic or a light switch to go off- especially since we ended up with a c-section (which typically means a slightly longer recovery.) I do however, feel remarkably better and I know I can attribute it to several factors, which I thought I would share!
– Walking- Pretty much since I got home from the hospital I have been out on daily walks. Unless the weather will absolutely not permit it, I have been either taking Jameson and our dog Brewer out with the Bob or the Ergo Baby. It took a while to feel comfortable, and my endurance is definitely cr@p, but I’m at the point now, where I can get in some serious mileage, or some good hills… Just yesterday I walked the same hills on Little Neck in Ipswich, that I walked all the time during my pregnancy… and they don’t mess around.
-Breastfeeding- Everyone says it, and I know it is definitely true… Breastfeeding burns a ton of extra calories, so it can definitely help with weight loss in your postpartum journey.. So for all the soon to be Mama’s out there, I highly recommend it… However, each baby is different…. FED is best #nojudgement.
-Kombucha/Probiotics – I wasn’t able to have this delightful beverage for my entire pregnancy, since it is a raw food. It is recommended to be avoided because of the potentially harmful bacteria. However while breastfeeding, it is considered safe, and I have ABSOLUTELY missed it. I have been stocking up whenever possible, because this wonder drink helps not only detoxify your entire digestive system, but help your body maintain a health acidity, which is ESSENTIAL. I just tried Bucha, for the first time, and just like the GT’s Synergy- Guava is my absolute favorite!
-Nutrition- Not only will this help you and your baby get the nutrients you need, but it will make you feel tons better. While I didn’t exactly binge on junk while I was pregnant, I did have some treats ( the hormones man!) But I have cleaned up my nutrition even more since having our little man, and I have been trying out #intuitiveeating. I will most likely be posting about it soon, but for me- It’s working.
– CrossFit – I wasn’t working out at a specific box throughout my entire pregnancy, but i was working out, and definitely doing CrossFit type workouts. I am now excited to be getting back into it, I will be coaching soon, and getting my fitness back on track will help me so much with getting back into work. I will also be posting about the new gym, Redhouse CrossFit – very soon. For now I am simply slowly incorporating movements to help build back my core strength. My first “workout” was this past Saturday (Full Disclosure: Make sure to discuss your plans to workout with your Doctor first. I have been slowly building over time and knew what I would be capable of.) Yay for BabyNap Amraps!
-Paddleboarding- I went out for the first time Paddleboarding this summer! I am SO happy to be back on the water, and I can’t believe how much I missed it. After CrossFit, paddle boarding is my second love, and it felt wonderful. A girlfriend and I took about 2 hours out on the lake on Sunday and man, I was sore! I forgot what a good workout it can be on the “paddle treadmill,” when you are going against the wind!
Anyway, hopefully I will be able to post a little bit more now that Jameson is getting on a bit of a schedule… I am starting to take reservations for paddle boarding lessons, tours and groups! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!