Prepping the Pelvic Floor and Beyond.. 

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They say labour is like running a marathon, I am not sure about that ( as in which is worse/better) but it is definitely an assault on your body of sorts with a great result for both. 

With my first baby, like many do, I went in fairly blissfully unaware what lay ahead. Putting the feet up the last few weeks was about all the ‘preparation’ I did for Josh’s arrival into the world. The room was done, the clothes were bought, the buggy was made but I had not really thought about how it would affect my body.

 Whilst I had a fairly ‘easy’ labour and pregnancy with Josh, it was fast and furious and like many others I did not come away completely unscathed. 

This pregnancy has been totally different. I had bad nausea and vomiting until 26 weeks and still do on occasion. My back (upper and lower) is in constant pain and just this week after several weeks of being a complete moan I got my iron levels checked and they too have plummeted. (one big giant moan to add to the list now too)

This is my ultimate moan face..  I took it to remind myself one day of how tired I actually was 😝 I do not share this easily I might add! 

Based on the above I have taken some steps to get ready for the next:

 Physio:

First off I went to get some pelvic floor preparation. The things you have to do 😉. I went back to Stephanie in Milltown who I went to after having Josh. She examined me and said nothing is any worse than last time I saw her and just reminded me of the ‘Sniff Flop and Drop’ method that my midwives now talk regularly about. We will also do some perineum preparation on my last appointment in October. You can of course do this yourself but it was not something that I was that comfortable doing first time or this time myself to be honest.

 

Iron:

Next up was taken out of my hands this week when my iron levels came back dropped by 3. Normal range is between 11-14. Mine started at 13 and went down to 10. Normally levels drop by 1 in pregnancy, if that and 1 during labour. This had to be addressed and pronto. I was kind of relieved in a way as I knew I was not feeling right at all. No rest was relieving my symptoms, I was eating well but was dizzy, weak and out of breath all the time. I now have to go on a double dose of iron to get my levels back up. I never respond well to iron and have always been sick on it and along with my continued nausea with this pregnancy and the double dose I am not looking forward to what lies ahead but we will see how I go as it has to be done.

 

Osteopath:

Finally I think I will probably have to get my back seen to before baby arrives. My lower back was pretty sore after Josh but not before so I at least want it marginally better than it is now. Ian, my husband has become a dab hand at massage and I have also had a few throughout the last 7.5 months but nothing really relieves it. Heat patches, pillows are all is use and give short term solutions but I have no doubt the odd carrying of Josh/shopping and they way I sit at my desk when I am working all doesn’t help but life must go on so these elements can be tricky at times. I hope to attend a recommended Osteopath and see if she can assist or give some guidance on how to get some relief.

If I had known the above lay ahead I probably would not have jumped at changing my health insurance plan to save a few pennies but again ignorance is bliss. In some ways I think you are better heading into number 1 with this lack of awareness, there is enough to get your head around and if you are lucky enough or choose to go on to have others then you are more aware of what can or cannot crop up. One thing you become fully aware of is that all in all your body is nothing short of incredible for doing all this!

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Mamas Fitness

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It’s true what they say-9 months in and 9 months to come off!

Of course I hoped that it would all happen a bit quicker and for some it does but for me as I approach 8 months I still have about 5lb to lose. Having said that I did lose the bulk of the weight quite quickly and got back into all my pre baby clothes within a couple of months.

How did I do it-the basic sum-eat a little less and move a lot more! Breastfeeding really helped too and with feeding your diet has to remain balanced and plentiful. Cakes and treats did continue to have their place as I was meeting other mums for coffees so it was hard to resist… and continues to be! 😉 I just make sure I walk to coffee and walk back-simples, well kind of.

I also was lucky enough to win, yes win a years membership to The Gym, Rathgar just a few weeks after I had Josh-perfect timing. I left it the recommended 6 weeks and then signed myself up. I really am not a gym fan but have taken part in their super Bootcamp classes and now go on average twice a week and the resistance training involved in these sessions have really assisted in toning my overall physique but there is still a way to go. One of the trainers explained that it can take a year for your skin to spring back into place so the soft belly has a few months to go yet!

I have also taken part in Baby Body Fit as a trial which was great cause I could bring Josh along. I would have signed up but with the free Bootcamp classes I already get it was kind of hard to justify but would highly recommend it if you are looking for a class postpartum.

I fully except that my body has changed post Josh, my hips a little wider, my boobs a lot smaller and further south and my pelvic floor certainly not as strong despite working on that too-let’s just say star jumps are not my friend however I’m back in my skinny jeans and I’m not too far off my goal now so I’ll continue to eat cake occasionally, get my ass to Bootcamp and let’s face it one giggle from Josh as my wobbly body dances around the room to keep him entertained, it makes it all so worth it!

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4-6 Weeks-Life with the Little Man

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You get to 4 weeks and you’ve started to get out and about more, your body certainly starts to feel stronger that’s for sure. The last of the visitors are popping by at a more irregular pace and your new life, much changed has begun.
This stage for me was just pre Christmas so lots of excitement and festivities and I remember it fondly.
This is also the point where your little bundle starts to come into their own, a few less feeds, which results in a few less poos and if you are lucky something more than a wind smile. However the real smiles took a few more weeks. We jumped around, sang, shoved toys in his face but it seems they will smile for real when they are good and ready! With sleep we found this too, more on this in the next post.
Development is a daily niggling concern but if your baby seems happy and alert at this stage I reckon they are doing just fine but I always had my weekly health centre breastfeeding class to run over anything with the other mums or the nurse which was great.
Talking of wind, this was our baby’s achilles heel. Poor little thing was such a guzzler that he was gripped with pain after most feeds and also posseted {vommed} a lot of his feeds on certain days. We tried infacol but didn’t find it great then my good mummy friend gave me a bottle of gripe water-without alcohol, the new version from Northern Ireland, the only place you can get it and this seemed to help the odd time when it got very bad.
The six week check came and our little guy passed all the benchmarks. I was also checked over and politely told to work on my pelvic floor so that’s what I did! It was at this time it was the opportunity to discuss contraception too because as much as we love Joshua a number 2 would not be welcomed quite so soon…
About now was the turning point clothes wise. Daily babygros turn into the joy of picking daily outfits. I have to admit the girly girl in me loves doing this for him, especially as at this stage I wasn’t feeling very body confident so at least I could get excited about clothes of a different kind.
Here are some of my favourite outfits he wore at this stage:-some borrowed, some brand new!

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