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Postpartum Check-In At One Year.

By Naomi Odes |

checklistDo you know what prompted this post? I peed myself. That’s right, I kinda thought I had to go pee but thought I could check my e-mail first. Wrong.

Interestingly, I didn’t have vaginal births. I did have some bladder issues while pregnant, though. Both times. Last time around, right after I had the baby, this issue seemed to correct itself. I guess after a second baby, things don’t go back to normal as quickly (or ever).

While I’m going over parts of my body, let’s check in elsewhere, shall we?

Boobs: Still milkful, so…larger than normal, but not nearly as large as they were in the beginning. However, I’m not planning to wean for another six months give or take so I’m guessing I won’t see my old bras for a while.

Belly: With both pregnancies, I had diastasis recti, meaning my abdominal muscle split in half to make room for the baby. When I use my abs now, I can see that they are still separated. What up with that? I do not remember this the last time. Perhaps more yoga needed.

Stretch marks: fading, not horrible, can live with these.

C-section scar: Looks great, can barely see it.

Belly button: Seems to have some extra skin around it, but at least it’s an innie again.

Overall weight: Not sure since I haven’t stepped on a scale in a month, but probably still five to seven pounds higher than weight when I got pregnant, which, for the record, was the thinnest I’d been since my sophomore year of high school, thank you breastfeeding, stress and running… Oh yeah, these tools don’t seem to be working as well this time around. Maybe I’m not stressed enough. HAHAHAHAHAHA

Arms: Strong, thanks to baby carrying.

Legs: Slim, thanks to genetics.

Back: Hurts, often. Need massages, often. Get them, almost never.

Hair: Thinner, but hopefully done falling out.

I’d give myself a solid C+ right now. That’s not so great. I wish I felt a little bit better about myself, but this means there is room for improvement, right? (Lemons—>lemonade).

Maybe time for a spa day and a makeover when I get home?? Maybe I should book the babysitter now.

P.S. Sorry there’s no picture of me. I’m a) Not brave enough to post one, and b) Sitting in the dark in a tiny cabin with no mirrors.

P.P.S  How’s your body one year later?

Photo Credit: mt 23/Flickr

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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “Postpartum Check-In At One Year.

  1. Danielle says:

    Well…I lost all the baby weight, and then put back on 10 pounds per pregnancy…meaning that I am currently 20 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. It pretty much happened once I stopped nursing. I really need to get in shape, but not sure where I’m gonna find the time to exercise regularly. I have considered getting up at 5am to do it…but haven’t started yet for some odd reason. :)

  2. m.j. says:

    Haha I nearly wet my pants every day. It always comes a little faster and with more force than I’m expecting. The other day my son was falling asleep while eating dinner and I was laughing so hard I actually did pee my pants. So lovely.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Remember, a C is average. I would say that a C+ is pretty darn good!
    @MJ I hate coughing or sneezing the most!

  4. Helene Byrne, BeFit-Mom says:

    To repair diastasis recti after pregnancy, you need to start by building a lot of strength back into your deepest abdominal muscle, your Transverse Abdominis, or TvA. When contracted, the TvA compresses the abdomen. The TvA does not move bone. Then after this muscle has regained adequate strength, you need to do specialized postnatal rehab exercises that train the muscle to function properly as a stabilizer.
    If your mid line is very wide, more than 3 finger-widths, you can also add manual splinting of your mid line with your hands to assist your TvA.
    In the mean time, do not perform ANY abdominal exercises that lift/flex the upper body off the floor or against the force of gravity, or those that twist the spine, as these moves will make the condition worse. No crunches, oblique pulses, roll-ups, roll-downs, most Pilates mat work, and yoga moves like boat pose, triangle pose, etc.
    All women with diastasis should use the “log roll” technique when rising from the floor, or getting out of bed to protect their mid lines.
    BeFit-Mom

  5. Naomi says:

    Wow thanks, @BeFit-Mom. I think the last time around I was in a PP yoga class and I worked my TvA muscles more. This time, I haven’t been able to do that, but I think I must start ASAP.
    I haven’t done any specific ab exercises, however, I’ve done some sure I’ve lifted my body the wrong way, I hope this didn’t screw everything up forever.

    @Jennifer, yes C+ is slightly above average, I’m trying to be positive :-)

  6. Jane @ Nap Mat says:

    I have a normal delivery and it was really hard, while the C section they are easy cause you’re sleeping, but when you woke up and feel the pain, it’s worst than Normal delivery.

  7. Katy E says:

    @ Jane, What? CS are not easy… and no, you aren’t asleep. If it’s a first time cs, it’s usually emergent and you’re terrified as all get out. Plus there’s the whole “Being awake while your uterus is removed from your body and laid out on your chest” business. No, it’s not easy. It’s just different.

  8. Naomi says:

    @Jane- I was awake for both my CS and neither of them were easy, during or after.

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