6 Month Postpartum Update | Baby #2

6 Month Postpartum Update

So here I am, 6 months after giving birth. In some ways it seems ages ago that I was going through the (horrible) recovery stage, but in other ways it feels like these months have flown by.

Here's a little update about my recovery.



HOW I'M FEELING:

Emotional:

  • I'm still a bit horrified at how difficult the recovery from my second birth was, but it's starting to become but a distant memory. 
  • I think my hormones are still settling down, because I've been feeling a bit depressed recently. 
  • This time around, I'm much more sentimental about my baby growing up. I was so excited and impatient for Helen to reach milestones. I'm still excited for James, but I can see how soon he's no longer going to be a baby (insert crying emoji). 

Physical:
  • I still don't feel like I have my pre-pregnancy stamina. I'm just more tired that I used to be. This could be because I'm still waking 1-2 times at night to feed Jim, and also because I'm nourishing a human being with my body.
  • I started to lose my hair a month or two ago. It's more annoying than disconcerting to me - there's hair everywhere in my house! And it gets all over my hands if I just brush my fingers through it. 
  • I still have about a 2.5 finger diastasis. I was doing this video throughout July to help close it. And I was doing this DVD as well. I'm taking a break in August because: Life + Work. Yeah.
  • My stretch marks haven't really faded more, probably because I stopped putting belly balm on my tummy after every shower. I need to start doing that again...

Stats:
  • I'm 5'2" and weigh 107 lb. - four pounds lighter than pre-pregnancy! Nursing really helps to shed the pounds for me. | 5 Weeks PP: 114.5 lb. | Pre-pregnancy: 111 lb.
  • Waist: 27" | 5 Weeks PP: 27.5" | Pre-pregnancy: 26"
  • Belly: 28.5" | 5 Weeks PP: 29" | Pre-pregnancy: 27.5"

Basically I have an inch to lose from my waist and belly still...


So there's my 6 month postpartum update!
Here's a shot of my belly at 1 week, 5 weeks, and 6 months postpartum:
6 Month Postpartum Update

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6 comments

  1. You look beautiful, happy, healthy! He's lovely. I hear you about how fast time with the second one seems to go- I feel like I just had our second boy, and next month he'll be one!

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    1. Aw, thank you! Happy Birthday a bit early to your little boy. :)

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  2. You look great! We all hear everyone recovers differently, but it can be disconcerting to see yourself take longer the second time around. It was for me. I had/have a pretty bad diastasis and (I'm pregnant with my fourth) am telling myself I'll just need to go slowly and be patient with my self once this baby's born. You're doing great, Erica.

    ~homedreamer

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    1. Thank you! Hope you can recover from your diastasis! I was able to close mine after Helen, but I'm not sure how difficult it's going to be this time around. Yes, I think we need to give ourselves time and grace. :)

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  3. You are so tiny! I'm only an inch taller and would like to lose 45 lbs or so to be at my not ideal but healthy, happy pre-second-and-third-pregnancy weight of 120. I also have a 3 finger diastasis and am doing fit2b for exercise and healing. I love it and the community surrounding it! If only walking everywhere we go would show more results and I could prioritize the time for the workouts! Oh, and do better about sugar >_< I hope you have support emotionally. Being a mama, especially to two such little ones, is hard in every way. We need so much encouragement. With the tiredness, have you looked into adrenal or thyroid type symptoms? That's something on my radar for myself right now, though I haven't figured it out.

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    1. Aw, thank you, Cait! I've heard about fit2b - I'd really like to try it out...after my sisters have their babies and work it a little slower. :) Yeah, I wish that being busy and doing housework would whip me into shape, but it takes specific exercises. :/ I could do better with the emotional support...not so much about kid/mom related stuff, but with stuff that I can't talk to anyone about. Blah. :( I have wondered about adrenal/thyroid issues. Let me know if you figure out a reliable way of testing!

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