December 14, 2017

Postpartum Life

What did you wear during your hospital stay?

    I wore the hospital gown most of the time which I actually wasn’t planning on. It was super easy to undo the buttons and pull the gown down to breastfeed! Plus I feel like clothing is the last thing on your mind during your stay. The second to last day I did change into my comfy undies, this nursing bra, and my floral robe. Wearing your own clothes does make you feel more comfortable I think.

What are you wearing at home now to help with all the breastfeeding?

    I love this brand of nursing tops! Not only do they make breastfeeding easy but are so cute too. BUT honestly, a lot of the time I’ll just take my top and bra completely off and nurse lol. It just makes everything easier because you don’t have to fight with your clothes. I nurse this way 8/10 times. Also, I reviewed an awesome nursing bra here.

Are you experiencing any postpartum hair loss?

    So far no! It’s only been a few weeks but I’ve actually noticed my hair being thicker. I’m still taking my prenatal vitamins which I think is helping a lot. I also only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, not sure if this is making a difference or not! I’ve heard around 3 months postpartum is when you notice the hair loss though.

Are you using any specific creams on your belly?

    I hadn’t until this week. I’m a big fan of The Spoiled Mama brand and used their products throughout my entire pregnancy. I just started using the serum for postpartum stretch marks and I’m super excited about it. You can get 10% off your purchase with the code: simplyspoiled10.I talked about this brand in a blog post which you can read here.

Are you dealing with any depression?

    So far no, thank goodness. My future mother in law stayed with us the first two weeks after leaving the hospital to help out because I wasn’t allowed to lift over 10 lbs or drive. I think having someone around constantly helped me stay sane and happy! I was super nervous about her leaving and being alone but so far it hasn’t been bad. I think you should definitely take time to shower or put on makeup while baby is sleeping. Nothing makes me feel better than a long, hot shower. Also, I FaceTime my mom numerous times a day so I’m always talking to someone.

How long does Lochia bleeding last, when does the heavy part of bleeding go away?

    The first week I bled so much. I highly recommend taking all of the pads you get at the hospital, they are great! I almost called my doctor because I was so nervous about how much I was bleeding. Towards the end of the second week at home I was able to wear lighter pads. After week 3 I stopped bleeding/spotting completely. Every women is different though!

What are some things you wished you would have known about postpartum life?

    So far, nothing really has been super surprising. I was super nervous to see my body after having a baby but it’s a lot better than I expected. Like I mentioned before, I think having my MIL with me for 2 weeks has made postpartum so much easier for me.

How are you dealing with your postpartum body?

    When I got pregnant I weighed around 115 pounds and 3 days before I gave birth I weighed 157 so I gained around 42 pounds. I was shocked that I gained that much but I think a lot of it was all the fluid I was retaining towards the end. I’ll share a photo below of my face 3 weeks before giving birth and the day I went home from the hospital. 2 weeks postpartum I was  already down half of the weight I gained while pregnant which I’m very happy about. I believe breastfeeding has a lot to do with that plus losing all of that fluid. Looking at my belly is still disappointing but I’m only a few weeks out so I know it will changed especially since I’ve started working out again. Don’t put pressure on yourself to lose weight fast!

I’m also wearing a corset to help bring everything back together! You can get $30 off of yours with my code:bethany30 that code lasts until January 1st, after than you can use my code: bethany20 for $20 off! So far, I’m really loving it and have a full review on it here!

How was your healing process with having a csection?

    I planned a vaginal delivery but knew from the beginning that because of my little guy’s size a csection was possible. I had always heard recovering from a csection was painful and difficult. For me, it wasn’t terrible. Of course, there were some days/nights that were rougher than others but not nearly as bad as I expected. I had a bikini csection and received dissolvable stitches. I heard terrible things about getting staples removed so I’m so so happy my doc did the dissolvable stitches. As soon as I was able to get up and walk I did, which was one of the biggest pieces of advice I was given from other people. During our hospital stay, getting in and out of bed was rough. You are not supposed to use your ab muscles to get up so you just have to figure out the best way to push yourself up! The scar from the bikini csection is so thin and I’m very happy with it. My underwear and bathing suit will cover it so no one will ever see it.

Are you on a special diet?

    No! The first 6 weeks postpartum I basically ate whatever I wanted. Of course, I have tried to avoid eating foods that would upset Asher’s stomach. This week I started working out again so I’m trying to make healthier choices when eating too. I’ve always been terrible at self control when it comes to food!

Have you drank while breastfeeding? If so, how much do you have to pump to get it out of your system?

    First off, pumping and dumping doesn’t speed up the process of alcohol getting out of your system. Of course if I pump after I’ve had anything to drink then I’ll throw it away. One night I have two glasses of wine and didn’t breastfeed for 6 hours I think. I’m no medical expert what so ever, but after that time I felt like I was okay to breastfeed. Other moms have told me that when you feel like you’re sober (if you get drunk) then you are fine. One girls night I had 3 beers and waited 13 hours to breastfeed. That was probably excessive but waiting longer made me feel better. You can also buy test strips that test your breastmilk to check if there is alcohol still in your milk. I just hadn’t had time to buy them before drinking.

What kind of workouts are you doing?

    This was just my first week back at the gym so I don’t have a specific routine yet. I plan on doing vlogs/Instagram stories to show you guys what I’m doing though so stay tuned!

How was using the bathroom after delivery?

    Luckily, once the catheter was out I had no problem peeing! A week or so after I came home from the hospital I had a terrible burning sensation when I peed. I thought I had a kidney infection but my OB said it was just from the catheter. Going #2 for me wasn’t bad either. I did have a csection so I’m sure it may be worse for those who had a vaginal birth! I took the stool softeners they gave me at the hospital and once I was home I bought some. I took them for probably 4 weeks. Also, my nurse recommended wetting your toilet paper and patting yourself down there after peeing instead of wiping FYI!

*After I was home from the hospital, for some reason my back KILLED ME. Like I’m not kidding I remember that being the worst pain the first week or so. My fiance went out and bought me a heating pad. It was the best purchase ever! You may want to get one before you give birth!

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