I can’t believe it’s been 7 weeks since I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy. It is amazing the transformation my body went through over the past 10 months. From growing and nurturing Camdyn, to recovering from birth – my body is pretty freaking amazing! As a first time mom, I didn’t really know what to expect from the postpartum period. I decided to share my experiences with others who may one day end up in my shoes!
If reading blog posts aren’t your thing – watch my full postpartum video on Youtube here.
Immediately After Birth
Since Camdyn was born at home, I was able to recover in my own bed – which I have to say is a major plus for home birth. My bleeding majorly subsided after the delivery of the placenta, so I was able to stay where I was (with fast deliveries, hemorrhaging is a greater risk apparently.) I ended up with a second degree tear and needed stitches, but I was just so relieved that the delivery itself was over I barely remember the stitches part.
The nice part about a natural delivery was that I was up and out of bed within a few hours of Camdyn being born. My midwives were there to help me get cleaned up (seriously, midwives rock). I was obviously tired, but the adrenaline I had after delivery was unreal. I remember I was uncontrollably shaking afterwords!
Once all was said and done, I was HUNGRY. I wasn’t restricted in what I could eat since I wasn’t in a hospital setting, but I remember not being hungry while in labour. I had imagined that I would walk around during labour, snacking away, and doing all of the things that typical OB’s in a hospital setting don’t allow you to do – but I was the complete opposite in the moment.
The First Week
I wasn’t in as much pain as I imagined I would be during that first week. My stitches didn’t bother me aside from a little stinging the first few times I used the washroom. The worst pain probably came from my tailbone, which was bruised following birth. My midwife had warned me that was common with fast deliveries, but it seriously felt like I had fallen down a flight of stairs! After a few days I completely forgot the stitches were even there.
Getting up off of the couch and out of bed was a little difficult, mostly because I felt really weak. I didn’t allow myself to get up while holding Camdyn until after the first week. Luckily my mom was around to help.
I felt good enough to leave the house at day three. I wanted to go back home to see my family and show off my boy! Looking back however, I definitely pushed myself too far. The next day I ended up passing a lot of blood clots, which was my body’s way of letting me know I had done too much.
My Postpartum Body
In total I gained 45 pounds during my pregnancy. By the end of the first week I lost 20.2 pounds. By the end of the second week I had lost 24.6 pounds. At one month postpartum, I lost 27.8 pounds and by six weeks postpartum I had lost 31.6 pounds. Currently I still have a little over 10 pounds to go, but overall I am happy with how my postpartum body is healing.
I don’t quite fit into all of my pre-pregnancy clothes just yet. My jeans have difficulties getting over my now thicker thighs and butt. A lot of my tops, my boobs no longer fit in. I have stretch marks on my belly, butt, and thighs. While I look forward to those fading, I am also proud of my newly earned stripes. I would however, like the dark line on my stomach to fade just a little bit.
The Next Steps
Now that I have been cleared to resume exercising, I plan to start hitting the gym a couple times a week for some cardio. I had some abdominal separation during pregnancy (diastasis recti), so I will be seeing a physiotherapist in a few weeks to ensure that those muscles heal correctly.
I look forward to seeing how my body continues to change over the next few months! My plan is to focus on being healthy for myself and my baby boy! Until next time, xox.