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Update – Six Months Postpartum

Baby’s Age

6 months old

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6 months PostPartum Update - Fit To Be Pregnant

1 month postpartum vs. 6 months postpartum

Notes From the Pediatrician

Austin is 18 lbs 13 oz (70th%), 26 inches long (25th %), and 18″ head circumference (98%). We had our first vaccination this round…just one now, one in a month, and the next at his 9 month visit. The shot itself wasn’t bad, I let him nurse during it and he just stopped and yelled at the nurse like, “HEY!” but happily went back to nursing. Then that night he became very fussy and would scream if I touched his leg 🙁 . But it was all ok by morning.

We discussed solid foods – he is currently eating veggies for lunch and the pediatrician suggested avocado for dinner. Since it is a fat and not just carbohydrates, like veggies, it should be more filling for him and help him to sleep longer at night.

I have not yet started making my own baby foods just yet but plan to soon.

As far as sleep, we had another rough couple of months. He got to a point that he was waking up every 45 minutes at night. I had to weigh my sanity against beginning to sleep train. I decided first to night-wean him, which actually only took one night of him crying in my arms for about 45 min, and was over. Then after a few weeks of me just getting him when he woke and putting him in bed with me, I started to just give him back his pacifier and put my hand on his back when he woke, which put him instantly back to sleep. Finally, this past week, I started putting him in his crib with his blanket and pacifier and just sitting with him at bedtime with my hand on his back until he goes to sleep (I was nursing him to sleep then transferring to crib before).  This week he has slept for 8-11 hours every night! And I’ve never had to make him cry it out, which was my goal to avoid all along. Such a relief, let’s hope it holds.

Food

The last two months I have really gotten used to my “flexitarian” lifestyle! I’m able to be vegan/plant-based for about 95% of the time. Once you figure out how to make substitutions you can easily modify almost any meal. I will just say that lentils are a LIFESAVER. Ditching the all-or-nothing mentality has really made this change a piece of (vegan) cake. I don’t have to worry about being a social outcast or making others go to great lengths to accomodate my dietary needs, and I can eat out at any restaurant. I could write a whole other post about this subject so I’ll just leave it at that (Unless anyone is interested in how I have managed, in which case I will be glad to write a post!)

Here are my typical meals: 

  • Breakfast – ezekiel english muffin + almond butter/raw honey, green smoothie with fruit/spinach/celery/flaxseed
  • Lunch – salad with a ton of greens (spinach, kale, baby greens), veggies, nuts and seeds, and legumes like chickpeas or lentils, with tahini based dressing.
  • Dinner – 2 ounces of lean meat, 1/4 cup legumes OR 1/2 cup legumes only, vegetables and fruit. Example: Lentil tacos (taco “meat” made with lentils and walnuts), avocado, sauteed summer vegetables like zucchini and squash, and watermelon. Whenever it’s easy to replace meat with legumes and avoid cheese/dairy, I sub for myself and my husband.
  • Afternoon Snack – oats, raw honey, and peanut butter, or mixed nuts and a piece of fruit
  • Pre-Bed snack – Apple and Peanut or Almond Butter

Supplements

Exercise

I am excited to report that I have totally upped my game over the past 2 months and have felt more and more like the old me! This, even after dropping most meat from my diet!

6 months PostPartum Update - Fit To Be Pregnant

A few weeks ago after some frustration at not making much progress, at my husband’s suggestion I decided to take a week to “de-load”. I hadn’t had a week off of exercise in 4 months, when it is really a good idea to periodize your workouts every 12 weeks or so. I spent the week still working out but with low reps and weight, or just doing yoga. I also took a break from my diet, staying clean and plant-based when possible but higher calorie.  The next week I started a new training program and have seen amazing gains in strength and endurance! I also saw my abs and quads for the first time since before pregnancy.

  • Monday – high intensity interval training, 30 min + 2 mile run
  • Tuesday – strength training yoga
  • Wednesday – 45 minute strength + cardio workout
  • Thu – rest day (in the future this will be a 4 mile run)
  • Friday – strength and cardio circuit training, 30 min
  • Saturday – run 5-6 miles
  • Sunday – rest

This is all a Nike Training Club program from their app. It’s nice to let someone else write my workouts for a bit as I tend to get into a rut.

In my last update I had expressed concerns about not recovering from my workouts, but as of right now I am feeling great. I think my body just needed to adjust to the new diet.

You can see my entire plan for postpartum diet and fitness here.

Thoughts

I am now, at 6 months post-partum, feeling like the old me. It is the first time in 4 pregnancies that I have felt this way so soon! Not only do I feel like the old me, but I am now where I pictured myself being at post-pregnancy. When I began this journey, my goal was to be back in shape within months of delivering. There have been many points along the way when I didn’t think that it would happen. While I’m not exactly where I was, I am very happy with how close I am and with all of my progress.

I recently read my old journal I kept during my youngest daughter’s infant months and was absolutely shocked at how sick she had been. By Austin’s age now of 6 months, she had already had the flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, and stomach bugs. By a year old we were having her kidneys checked because she was getting a mystery fever every month for no reason.

In six months, Austin has never been sick. Never. Not so much as the sniffles.

Genetics? Maybe, but I doubt it. He is still half me. I have to believe it’s our lifestlye. I don’t believe in regrets, but man, my life would have been so much easier and less stressful had I just known how to eat and feed my family back in those days.

Which just brings it all home for me – while it’s fun to see my abs and fit into my old clothes, this is just one tiny part of the journey. This whole thing is about living my best life, feeling my best, taking care of myself so I can get the most out of my days, and doing the same for my babies. It’s all about quality of life, feeling great, and yes, reaching goals too. 6 months PostPartum Update - Fit To Be Pregnant

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  1. Jackie

    July 3rd, 2014 at 5:52 am

    I love reading your blog. I’m not pregant yet, but planning. It has been great to read and learn by your experience. Thank you so much for being so forthcoming and willing to share your knowledge. We ladies need to stick together. I’m interested in your vaccine schedule. You may have mentioned it before? It’s always great to plan ahead. God bless. Happy 4th.

  2. Deanna Schober

    July 18th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Jackie I am so sorry to just now see this.

    We aren’t anti-vaccine but do believe in a balanced, slower approach, with the guidance of our doctor. So Austin did not receive shots at 2 months like most babies. We took this route based on several factors, but mostly because he isn’t in daycare. His first shot (Hib) was at 6 months, then this month he will have his first Prevnar, and at his 9 month checkup will have his first DTaP. My doctor highly recommends The Vaccine Book by Robert Sears, a great read for making informed decisions about vaccines! Good luck!

  3. Caitlin

    July 29th, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Hi! Thanks for sharing your routines and what you eat. It’s helpful for sure.
    However, I am wondering if you had any issues with clogged ducts that was tied to exercise? I’ve read that it’s definitely possible and I, personally, ended up getting not just mastitis, but a breast abscess, one week after I began working out (I had clearance from my doctor). I worked out on a normal bases before my second pregnancy and I breastfed for the first time (I couldn’t nurse my first), but, needless to say, I’m slightly worried to start working out again due to fear of clogs/mastitis!!! Any advice?

  4. Deanna Schober

    July 30th, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Ouch, that sounds awful. I never had those issues due to exercise. I am sure your doctor told you this but I’d try pumping before and maybe after exercise too if you can, and maybe try keeping upper body movement to as minimal as possible. Good luck!

  5. Saloni

    August 11th, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Good that I came across your blog! I am now 5 months postpartum and I still have that 5th month pregnancy tummy
    I have neglected a lot..!! Ate too many sweets because I did lots of dieting during pregnancy. I was even following a diet plan because of my glucose levels. Now I want to get back to that routine when I used to cut down carbs

    Could you help me in getting the diet plan(that says how much carbs I can consume on daily basis) with a breakup of carbs intake in grams. For Ex., morning how much grams of carbs I can limit to, then first snack, then lunch, then 2nd snack…. So on.

    Thanks in advance
    Saloni

  6. Carina

    February 1st, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Omg I’m so happy i found you !!!! You have no idea!!!! My baby will be 8 months and since i was pregnant i became vegan and now I been having trouble with my milk supply because of working out I do cross fit and hiit … I really need to get my meals in check because my supply is going down so much from making 14oz every 8 hours now I just make 8oz or even sometimes 6oz

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