Body After Baby: 12 Weeks Postpartum

Boy, this week has been an exciting one! I got picked to be a part of the Just Dance Just Sweat Dream Team and I hosted #FitBlog Chat this week! Thanks to everyone who participated with me! Then, after posting what a good night for Xander looks like, he surprised us all and slept 6 hours in a row last night! Luckily John and I were asleep for four of those!

Xander turns 12 weeks old TODAY! I don’t have his update quiet ready yet, but I’ve been working on this postpartum post for the past few days. Xander’s update will be up tonight or tomorrow!

I last left off telling you about my body after baby at 6 weeks postpartum. I don’t think I have too many updates, but I definitely have some thoughts since then!

Body Changes

  • At 6 weeks postpartum I had mentioned that I had already reached my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m still there and fluctuate between that weight and ~3 pounds below that weight. If I’m being honest with myself and with you, I’d like myself to look a little more toned, but I am definitely okay with my current weight. After all, weight is just a number.
  • My abdomen still feels a little squishy, but I know that will change once I start working out more.
  • My linea nigra is so much lighter.
  • My chest size is still my biggest complaint.

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Clothes

  • Most of my shirts and dresses don’t fit because of my chest size. All of my bottoms are fitting just fine.
  • I definitely need to buy a new bathing suit this summer — at least a top that matches one of the bottoms I already own.

Mastitis & Menstrual Cycle

  • In addition to the mastitis I experienced around 6 weeks postpartum, I’ve experienced it once again. I also had a super clogged duct that I feared was going to get infected as well. I’m not sure why I’m so prone to this — is it because of my over supply? I would love some insight from fellow mamas who frequently had clogged ducts or mastitis. Thanks!
  • I mentioned it last week, but since another week has gone by, I thought I would mention that I still haven’t experienced a second period. Maybe the first one was a fluke? Maybe they will be spaced out?

Fitness

  • I have a strong desire to workout… now it’s all about just fitting it in!
  • I’m registered for a muddy run in July and a ten miler in October.
  • Being a part of the Just Sweat Dream Team is going to be an awesome and fun way to be fit! I can’t wait to share all my experiences with you!

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Food

  • Xander definitely experienced his 12 week growth spurt between weeks 10 and 11. To say it was a doozy is an understatement. I hadn’t been that hungry since his first few weeks of life when I was getting used to breastfeeding.
  • I was never hungry the way I am now when I was pregnant.
  • I’ve been avoiding cruciferous vegetables since we’ve noticed that Xander is a lot more gassy when I eat them.
  • I know many women give up dairy to see if that helps with their baby’s gas issues, but I don’t think his gassiness is anything excessive (he’s not crying in pain) and I think it would be extremely hard for me to give up dairy completely.

Sleep

  • I usually at least take one nap when X is napping. He takes a short nap shortly after waking and if I’m zonked from the night before I always nap with him. The afternoon nap is questionable depending on my sleep level — it’s usually a yes though. This nap is a longer one (2-3 hours). If he goes toward the 3 hour end of things than he usually eats once in the middle.
  • I’m not sure why, but when I lay in bed for actual bedtime I’ve been having the hardest time falling asleep. My mind wanders and oh.em.gee. I cannot stand listening to the white noise that we have playing in Xander’s room through the monitor. The process of my bedtime is getting so irritating to me because I’m exhausted yet don’t fall asleep quickly (this is not like me at all!)

Everyday Life

  • Breastfeeding is still great! (even though we often still use the shield) and I love the bonding time with Xander. It’s so cute to see the placement of his hands and how his little fingers curl up around my shirt. Love that boy!
  • Monday’s are mommy group day and I really enjoy it. There is a birth counselor present and all the moms go around the room giving an update on their baby and express any concerns or questions they may have that week.
  • Tuesday’s I usually go to a walking group with some of the mom’s I’ve met through the Monday group. It’s really been nice to get out with them!
  • If I have errands to run Xander just comes right along with me. He’s usually a good little trooper too! The last two times we were in Target he refused to sit in him car seat and now we are wondering if the lights are just too bright for him. (He was a crankster for me when I was by myself but did it again when John was with us the next time. We had to take him out and hold him the whole time while shopping, we think so he wasn’t looking up at the lights).

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Well, that’s about all! My next postpartum update will be in a month!

xo, Katie

Comments

  1. 1

    Omg we had a surprise 6hr too!!!! I fed her constantly from 5p to 9p and think maybe that helped!! Didn’t it feel amazing!?

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      Healthy Heddleston says:

      Yes, I was shocked!! Hopefully there wasn’t a full moon or something that caused the babies to do this — needs to be a tend going forward! :)

  2. 3

    I like these updates! I really admire your outlook on your body post-baby and wanting to look more toned, but knowing that you will once you get more into the workouts. Your drive to work out is certainly there – wow, that 10 miler will be awesome! Registering is a good step :)
    Trying to fall asleep and failing, even when you’re tired, is SO the worst! I feel ya on that. I hope that changes for you soon!

  3. 4

    You look amazing, Katie! Seriously! I’m so sorry to hear about the mastitis, but glad everything else is going so well. And yeah, hunger while breastfeeding is NO joke!

  4. 5

    You look so great!!! And you just sound incredibly happy and adjusted and in love with your son, and that just makes me smile. I would be super frustrated not being able to fall asleep, yet tired, too! But I actually like white noise ;-)

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      Healthy Heddleston says:

      I just replies to Jess but wanted to make sure you saw it too – you two are the sweetest commenters and make me smile so much! Thank you!!!

  5. 7

    I love hearing about your adjustments as a mama, you are totally a natural at this *and* are taking the changes to your body with such ease, trusting that you’ll get back to where you want to be but not stressing about it, taking each day as its own and rolling with it. I admire that about you so much!

  6. 9

    Get the bathing suit top and a few tops that fit. The girls will likely be there for a few months (I didn’t lose mine until I stopped nursing completely). For the plugged duct, massage the spot out towards your nipple when you are in the shower, try having Xander nurse from a different angle, or try nursing while on all fours above him. I would definitely not give up dairy. I gave it up because of true food allergies and it was HARD to get enough to eat to feed a kid and my body during that time. If it’s just gas and he doesn’t seem that bothered, no big deal. Your cycles are likely to be funky for the first while, especially if he goes through a growth spurt when your body is trying to ovulate. (My cycles didn’t come back until 21 months with both my boys, but most of my friends who got them earlier experienced a lot of irregularity.)

    Sounds like things are going great for you!

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      Healthy Heddleston says:

      Thank you for such a great comment! I’m totally not giving up dairy… That would be tough and I don’t think Xander needs me too. I’ve never tried the nursing on all flies above him… I’ll have to try that! Thanks for the suggestion!

  7. 11

    You look great and congratulations on the #Fitblog chat(it was a good one!) and the dance team!

  8. 13

    Great post… sleep when they sleep, that is the best advice we got.

  9. 14

    Love that you love nursing! I always felt so peaceful when I nursed Henry and Clara! Something about sitting down, breathing, cuddling…i loved it! Actually just weaned Clara – she’s almost 2.

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    Julie S says:

    Hey Katie! You look amazing and so happy! Seriously, did you just have a baby 12 weeks ago? Love this blog post — a good reminder for me of what’s in store again, as I seem to have forgotten lots of details from when Gina was this age, must be the sleep deprivation :) Sending you an email via FB with some suggestions … too long to post here. Hope that’s ok.

  11. 18

    Great update! Thank you for sharing :)

  12. 19

    Our little guy used to fuss whenever we did errands so wt started draping a muslin blanket over his car seat. Now he peacefully naps when we are out ! Great job on getting back to your weight. My breastfeedung hunger is insane!

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    I am jealous your bottoms fit you. I am the opposite at 12 weeks pp- my tops fit but I am 2 pants sizes bigger than normal! I’m sure once I have time to exercise it will get better, but life is crazy right now with the newborn, selling our house, buying a new one, moving, teaching full time, and a seven year old! Exercise isn’t on the docket until the crazy dust settles a bit.

    As for the clogged ducts, I took lecithin twice a day (I think it was). I’m sure if you do a google search you’d find the dosage amount. Once I took that I never clogged again, and I used to get them all the time! Good luck! I know how miserable those can be.

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