Let’s be honest, losing the baby weight is probably one of the most stressful things in a new mom’s life. Not THE most stressful of course, but it sure can be up there towards the top of the list for most women. Here’s my thing, it took you 9(ish) months to grow a little life. Give yourself at least that long to get back into shape, if not, longer.
In my experience with pregnancy, I actually lost a significant amount of weight while I was pregnant. I know that this is not the norm. However, since having my little man, I am breastfeeding and therefore hungry 24/7. So in the last two months since having him, I’ve actually gained some of that weight back. And while it is frustrating, I have had to learn to be patient with my body. No one’s journey into motherhood is the same and no one’s body is the same.
I had to learn how to properly nourish my body.
Before I was pregnant, my diet pretty much stunk. I tried to be healthy some of the time. But I was not really focused on health or nutrition. My pre-pregnancy and even my pregnancy diet honestly consisted of lots of snacking on not so healthy things, large portion sizes very late at night, and about 60% of my fluid intake was soda or sweet tea. I got comfortable while I was pregnant. I was eating whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted and somehow, I was LOSING weight! Even my doctor was surprised. Every time I went in for my appointments, I had lost 1-2lbs since the last time I had seen her. I thought it would continue after having my baby… I was wrong!
This style of diet
proved to be very damaging once I gave birth to my son. I became really “backed up” and started having gallbladder attacks. This was extremely scary for me. If you’ve ever had a gallbladder attack, you know how intense and scary they can be. I felt like I was dying when my first one hit. My first thought was that something had gone wrong when I gave birth and my insides were collapsing or something. I couldn’t breathe, and the short breaths I could catch hurt so bad I would gasp/try to cry out in excruciating pain. Even my husband was worried when my first one hit. I say my first one because as soon as it was over, we were both researching like crazy to see what it was. That’s how we found out it was gallbladder related. Probably from such poor dieting and from being pregnant/giving birth. Apparently, gallbladder problems are common after pregnancy.
All I knew was that I was ready and willing to do ANYTHING to get these pains to stop. I was literally scared that they wouldn’t stop.
So, since those attacks, I have really had to watch how I eat and what I eat.
For a couple of weeks, I started every morning and ended every night with a tall glass of 100% organic apple juice mixed with 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Followed by 4 Tablespoons of olive oil mixed with 2 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
It. Was. Gross.
But, it did the trick. By doing these home remedies every day for about 10 days, my gallbladder attacks completely stopped and other issues have cleared up as well. If I feel that intense tight feeling start to creep up under my right breast, I immediately pour me a cup of apple juice and mix in some apple cider vinegar, it clears it up right away.
I have also cleaned up my everyday diet by doing things like cutting out cow’s milk. In almost everything that calls for milk, I simply use oat milk or almond milk now. I have actually cut back on pretty much all dairy and I must say, it has made a huge difference. When I can skip the dairy, I do. Veggies and lean meats take up a large portion of my diet now. I actually eat a fairly balanced diet I believe.
Here is how I typically eat during a normal day.
Breakfast – ½ -1 cup of rolled oats with oat milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ¼ tsp of brewer’s yeast (to aid breast-milk supply)
Snack – Turkey Roll-Ups with Apple or Carrot slices (fresh from the deli, no packaged turkey)
Lunch – Baked Chicken breast with Sweet Potato Fries/roasted broccoli (or sometimes dinner leftovers from the night before)
Snack – Some kind of fruit, nuts, or smoothie.
A. Pasta with meat (chicken or beef) with steamed broccoli and/or carrots
B. Chicken with roasted veggies (carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, asparagus)
C. Soup – Two of my favorites are chicken and wild rice or chunky potato soup.
D. Pita Pizzas – Bell pepper, red onion, black olives, pineapple, and sometimes grilled chicken pieces
One of those options is usually what I cook my hubby and me for dinner. Some nights I will change it up, but not too often. I have yet to get any complaints, so I must be doing something right 🙂
Throughout the day, I also make sure to drink about 3 liters of water. This really helps with my breast-milk production as well. I still have a glass of soda or sweet tea with my lunch & dinner, but I only have one glass and I don’t sip on it throughout the day.
Like I said, I’m not perfect. But cleaning up my diet since having Baby H has really helped my healing and my energy level.
Do you have any advice on postpartum diet? What was your experience with health and nutrition after having kids? I’m interested in hearing other postpartum experiences.
Let me know about yours in the comments!
Lots of Love,