Transformation tuesday-postpartum gas 4 less redding ca

With your first baby, you don’t really know what to expect postpartum. It’s all new. I think the hardest part for me was seeing my stomach after having the baby. It wasn’t the stomach I knew. Not only visually, but the way it felt. After delivering, your stomach feels SO WEIRD. Its all squishy, mushy, and empty. After carrying a baby for nine months, you get used to rubbing that sweet baby bump and then one day there’s just a bunch of extra skin and fluid where your bump used to be. It’s a strange feeling for sure and can be depressing. I didn’t have postpartum depression and I can attribute a lot of that to my husband. He was always making sure that I was okay and he kept encouraging me to stay positive and know that in time I would get back to my old body because he knew that was one of my biggest worries. I love him so much for his unwavering support because postpartum depression is serious and happens and we both knew it was a possibility. Either way he would be there.

So after leaving the hospital, they advise you to not be active for 6 weeks postpartum. They are NOT lying. Your body just did something amazing, but it took SOOOO much out of you physically and mentally. GIVE. IT. TIME. TO. RECOVER. Seriously, that’s the best advice I can give. I tried to do too much too early on and I felt it. I could hardly walk down the road and back without feeling like I ran a marathon. I realized I needed to take things slow and steady with recovery. Patience isn’t one of my strong suits haha So after waiting a few weeks I was able to start walking the neighborhood again and even got to the gym! I think going to the gym lasted all of a week. It was hard. I didn’t like leaving Aria and I also wasn’t strong like I used to be. I had no endurance and I just didn’t feel like myself. It was discouraging. I had never had a problem working out, but postpartum made me a whole different person. I had to learn that things wouldn’t be exactly the same and I would try my best to adjust!

After trying to get back in the gym and failing miserably I just started doing short little workouts at home, typically stuff I found on Pinterest. It took time to get into the swing of things again, but I started slow and worked my way up. Whether it was a 30 minute yoga session or a quick set of squats and lunges, I always felt SO much better afterwards. The endorphins you get from working out are the real deal and helped me feel better after getting a little sweat sesh in. Working out is my time that I can get away and just focus on myself. Even 15 minutes helped. I think it is super important to have some time set away for yourself each day to practice self care. If you’re not taking care of yourself, stress can become overwhelming and you fall apart. You can try to do it all, but the fact of the matter is, you need a break sometimes. So step away and just breathe. You’re still a great mother if you need to take a minute away. Dad can handle things! Take care & love yourself. Seriously SO IMPORTANT. Mini rant over.

So other than my at-home workouts that I found online or put together myself, I breastfed and still do. Breastfeeding is MAGIC and really burns calories. It also helped me to lose that pregnancy weight. I did really good during my pregnancy staying active and healthy so I only gained 23 pounds overall. 7.5 pounds of that was a baby, so I had about 15 pounds to lose to reach my pre-pregnancy weight. When I started breastfeeding, I didn’t know that foods that I ate affected my baby. But about 2 weeks after delivering, Aria had her check up and one of her biggest issues was gas. She used to have the worst gas problems and nothing helped. We tried the gas drops, the belly massages, tummy time, everything. So the doctor suggested cutting out dairy and although it takes a few weeks to be fully out of your system, I could tell a difference for sure early on! Her belly wasn’t as hard and she didn’t seem as fussy or uncomfortable. Happy baby, happy mama. The things we do for our babies! 💗 so worth it though! Now, she sometimes gets gas when she tries new foods and this medicine is what has helped! Within 10 minutes her belly is eased and she’s so much happier. It has been a lifesaver.

I went dairy-free for 4 WHOLE MONTHS! I also cut out tomato(the acid was harsh on Aria’s tummy), which meant no salsa or pasta 😩 This was definitely how I lost the rest of my pregnancy weight and then some–It was tough trying to adjust and figure out what all I could and couldn’t eat, but I did it. You would be surprised at all of the foods that contain milk in some shape or form. It’s crazy!

After easing back into dairy and tomato 4.5 months later, Aria seemed to do fine! Hallelujah! 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Currently, I still don’t drink milk and try to limit my dairy intake because I just feel better without it. I’m not bloated, gassy, or uncomfortable, and I feel like my whole digestive system works more efficiently. {But hey, everyone is different and your body might react differently. There’s no universal plan so you kind of just have to find what works best for you and your life}

The only other thing that I had to change with my diet postpartum was trying to eat more to make up for the extra burned calories from breastfeeding. They say you burn an extra 300-600 calories a day. That’s insane!! I feel like a teenage boy who is going through a growth spurt because I am always hungry! I try to eat more, but it’s honestly harder than it sounds when you’re used to only eating 1200-1500 calories per day. I have probably gotten a little too skinny for my liking, but it didn’t happen overnight and I wont be able to put back a few LBS overnight. ((PS. Don’t pick on people for being “too skinny” because it can be just as hurtful as calling someone fat. We are all trying our best!))

Recently, I decided to make a big decision and started working out using the Beachbody on demand! I love it! It is just so convenient to be able to do my workouts at home while Aria naps or plays. Some days go better than others, but that’s okay, no one is perfect and every day is different! I am enjoying the workouts and results so much so that I signed up as a coach and am going to continue to use it as well as helping guide you in your fitness journey. I am so excited to share my healthy lifestyle and fitness journey with you and hope that you will join me along the way!! It can be hard to know where to start, but trust me, starting is the hardest part! Once you get past that, you find yourself in a routine. It only takes 21 days to form a habit, so don’t give up! If you need help staying on track with your workout, diet, and need someone to keep you focused I would LOVE to help! Just let me know!

But for now, I want you to know everyone is different in their postpartum journey or just fitness journey in general! I am SO lucky that my body bounced back like it did, but I also put in a lot of hard work into getting back into shape after I had Aria. I am probably just a freak for how quickly my body bounced back haha So keep a positive attitude, don’t be so hard on yourself, and keep a goal in mind so that you can stay motivated to reach for it! You don’t have to do it alone. If you are struggling with postpartum depression, its a real thing, and PLEASE reach out! I would be more than happy to listen and talk to you! Trust me, its easier with a tribe.