6 Week Postpartum Update

So it’s been 6 weeks since little Andee’s birth! (How is that even possible!??!) So I thought it time to check in with a first postpartum wellness update. Andee is doing great and I will post a full baby update in the next week or so.

Overall I feel great, she is such a good little beauty at the moment and is sleeping like an angel, thank goodness for co-sleeping, everything is better with sleep. Everything! I’ve also been taking my placenta pills which you can read about in my previous post and have given me so much energy and are making me feel great both physically and mentally.

Photo taken last week at 5 weeks postpartum
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WEIGH IN: I’m currently 10 lbs or so away from my pre pregnancy weight and I’m pretty happy with my progress so far (I have been breastfeeding non stop and that, no doubt has a lot to do with it). Whilst I’m not over stressing about losing everything all at once (I’m pretty sure a lot of the extra weight will be sticking around until I finish breastfeeding anyway) I am desperate to get back in shape and tone up! I’d got to a state pre-pregnancy which I was really happy with; I was running almost every day and it is probably the happiest I’ve been with myself so I’m really focused on getting back to that. I can just about get into my old jeans at least and now summer is well on its way I have a little extra motivation to give me that push.

WORKING OUT: I started slow at around 2 weeks postpartum. This may sound a little early but everything went really smooth with Andee’s birth and I was incredibly desperate to get back to it after maintaining a pretty consistent level of fitness throughout my whole pregnancy. I got signed off to do so by my midwife and eased myself in gently with some planned home workouts and jogging when I had time. Running was a little difficult to begin with and I had a bit of a shock when I went for my first run and only made it to 4km. But slowly I’m building it back up and I ran my first 10k last week so I feel like I’m making good progress there. I’ve also signed up for the London Marathon for 2016 (NO idea what I was thinking!) so am keen to get training for that. I started back at the gym and my fitness classes this week too and the nicest change is being able to really push myself again. During pregnancy all my workouts obviously had to be much less strenuous and I couldn’t push my body to its absolute limits like before, something I sort of need and is essential to me when working out. It’s taking a little while to get my fitness levels back up and I know it’s going to take a while but I’m enjoying the journey back for sure.

DIET: I’ve been pretty disciplined when it comes to eating and the diet and exercise plans I wrote up whilst pregnant have really helped me stay on track. It’s really important to me to be as healthy as possible whilst breastfeeding and although i’ve probably been indulging a little more than I should 😉 I’ve been quite consistent with making sure I am eating the right things and getting plenty of nutrients into my body and my little human’s too. Breastfeeding really does make you ravenous and with all the extra calories being burnt I’m not so concerned with my diet but more so with my fitness levels and toning this body back up. We’re on holiday next week also, so I’m sure there is going to be plenty of indulging there too 😉

I put on a lot more weight when pregnant with Ava and it took about 4 months to really get back into the swing of working out more consistently and it wasn’t until over a year after she was born that I really felt like I was back to my ‘old self.’ Juggling two littles now as well as work, I know I need to push extra hard to get back to a place where I’m happy and confident with my body again.

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Fitness in Pregnancy

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Over the last couple of years since having my first daughter health and fitness has become really important to me. I truly believe living a clean healthy lifestyle is key to being happy. It has changed my view completely on the image I have always had of myself, instead of seeing it as a weight loss solution it is now something completely different. It is an amazing form of therapy and a great stress reliever, it makes me feel calm and at peace with myself, clears my mind and seeing results over the long-term makes me proud of the dedication I have found for it.

I was younger I was so weight obsessive and have probably tried every fad diet/weight loss aid out there; all of these types of diet, although giving some initial success are so much worse in the long run. They are not good for your body in any way and usually lead to putting weight back on very quickly once completed in preparation for you putting your body through such an unnatural process again. They tend to make your immune system weak along with you body, you have little or no energy and the results are never long-lasting. When following a healthy lifestyle consistency is key. Nothing happens overnight and there are no quick fixes if you want long-term results. Dedication and motivation will lead you there in your own time and the results will be so worth it once they come.

Because working out is such a central part of my life now it has been really important to me to stay fit during this pregnancy. When I was pregnant the first time around, although I did do moderate exercise throughout, I definitely didn’t stay healthy; I ate my bodyweight in rubbish food everyday and put on over 3 stone. Needless to say I did not want that to happen this time.
I also worked so hard to get back to my pre pregnancy self after Ava was born I didn’t want to throw that all away. After Ava and prior to this pregnancy was the fittest I’ve ever been, I was running pretty much everyday and feeling great in myself. I wanted to carry on that throughout this pregnancy and more than that to be able to easily sink back into my routine once baby arrived.

There’s also the undeniable benefit that exercise is great for baby and as long as you’re not starting anything new, maintaining the same level of fitness throughout pregnancy is not harmful to you or the baby. In fact it’s super beneficial for baby’s development and most importantly if Mummy is fit and healthy there’s a much lower chance of complications. Not to mention how great exercise is for giving birth. Keeping your muscles active throughout helps prepare your body for the gruelling task of labour and in general helps you spring back to shape once baby is born. Yoga is also great in pregnancy. I swear by it in general anyway but it is especially good at keeping stress at bay when your body needs it most, keeping you flexible and giving you amazing relaxation techniques for use in labour.

Eating healthy is also a big thing for me, especially whilst growing a little human inside :). Baby’s development relies so much on what we put into our bodies and the vitamins and minerals we consume. Don’t get me wrong I’ve definitely had my bad days when I’ve binged on chocolate and ice cream, but in general I try to only put goodness in, seen as though Bambi is getting everything I am I try to keep the fatty or processed food to a minimum and fill up on plenty of fruit and vegetables, and healthy carbs and proteins.

Below are some random shots from my camera roll and Instagram of my typical diet.

Breakfast for me usually consists of one of following. Since becoming pregnant it is probably my most valued meal of the day as I’m so hungry when I wake which is totally new to me so I like to have something which is going to fill me up until lunch.
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Weekends are for pancakes! (I started making these flour free ones a while ago and am totally addicted! They only have 3 ingredients! (1 whole mashed banana, 2 eggs or eggs whites and a teaspoon or so of flaxseed.) They are so delicious and taste just like you are gorging on the real deal. ❤

IMG_7863IMG_7733IMG_7950Eggs are also a weekend fave, usually with lots of added avocado or spinach.
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Lunch is usually a salad of some kind 🙂

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This is often what I eat if I go out for lunch and is one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten, packed full of fruit, veg and yummy seeds.

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Dinner is definitely my favourite meal of the day and I try to make it as low carb but as filling as possible.
Fish or lean meat, sides of cous-cous, lentils, sweet potato or similar and a mountain of steamed vegetables <3. I always load up more on the veg to fill me up and go heavy on the kale and spinach as they’re super good for Mama and baby.

IMG_8875IMG_8071IMG_8566IMG_8534IMG_7629I absolutely LOVE sushi and it has been one of things I’ve missed most this pregnancy, but when cravings are at the max, go for some yummy avocado maki, not quite the real thing but still nearly as good! ❤
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A Healthy Lifestyle = A Happy Soul!

“Run faster, eat better, sleep longer, try harder, aim higher, love more, be happy.”

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A healthy lifestyle is something that’s really important to me and something I try my hardest to live by. In my opinion being healthy and active is the key to happiness, and LOVE of course! 🙂

Mainly I run, and I love to run. For me nothing compares. If I’m stressed, worried, tired or feeling generally rubbish, I force myself to run, even when I’m really not feeling it, because afterwards I feel great no matter what. I love to work out in the morning, then I feel like I have the rest of the day ahead of me and it’s much easier to achieve more when you’re up early and energised.
I do work out in other ways too though, I love my kettle bell classes and Yoga is probably the highlight of my week. I would recommend Yoga to anyone who has never tried it, I’ve honestly never met anyone who has tried it and disliked. It’s so peaceful and relaxing and yet pushes you to limits that are completely different to those experienced in other forms of fitness.

I started exercising and trying to eat healthy after having Ava, I guess mainly to loose the baby weight, and since then it’s become a bit of an addiction, and there are worse addictions to have as long as you have a balance. Of course I have days I don’t want to exercise or eat right and that’s fine as long as the right balance is there and that mentality doesn’t become the superior one. I try and stick to a workout of some sorts 3-5 times a week, sometimes it’s more, sometimes less. When it comes to eating I go through stages of being strict and a little more relaxed. I always try and keep it healthy, then if I’m wanting to cleanse I cut the carbs and sugar. And I do love food, love love it, but you don’t have to eat unhealthy to enjoy amazing food. Being creative and doing your research makes it so satisfying when you create or discover something delicious that’s also amazing for your body.

My main tips for a healthy diet are:
– Water, water, water! I try and drink at least 2 litres every day.
– Portion control – commonly the problem isn’t in what we are eating but how much so I tend to eat small and often.
– Preparing snacks – snacking is my weakness so I always make sure I have healthy options ready for when cravings strike.
– Try to stay away from any processed high sugar foods.
– Double up on fruit and veg – If you’re a big eater and finding it hard to cut down portion sizes or just feel extra hungry I always make a huge portion of steamed veg to fill the extra.

My usual day is fruit salad or muesli for breakfast, salad for lunch and I always make it more filling by adding lentils or mixed beans, then fish or chicken with steamed veg for dinner. Below are a few pictures of some recent meals I’ve made which are typical of my usual diet.

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One of my favourites ‘oven baked salmon with mediterranean style cous cous and steamed veg’

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My current favourite breakfast – these cereals are heaven and packed with goodness.

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‘Spiced lamb with puy lentils, steamed vegetables and sautéed leeks’

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‘Tofu stir fry’ with courgette and carrot instead of noodles

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‘Spicy chicken stuffed pepper, quinoa and homemade guacamole’

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This last one is anything but healthy but you have to allow some treats 😉 and when it comes to dessert, pancakes are definitely a weakness of mine. These American style pancakes are to die for and incredibly easy to make.

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