Baby + Postpartum Update

Baby

Tomorrow will be two months since our Baby Boy was delivered and things have gotten much easier. Hubby and I have a better understanding of our boy’s cues. His appetite has increased significantly so we will consult his Pediatrician about adding cereal to his milk soon. He is eating four to five ounces each feeding and I’m having to pull from our reserves from time to time. We are very happy about his health and growth considering he was born early.

Postpartum

I started working out this week. Everyday, I walk at least two miles and I return home to complete a 60-minute weight lifting routine. My nutrition is pretty standard: plenty of water, no sweets, no junk, large amount of leafy greens, fruits and lean protein. From time to time, I’ll blend up a smoothie. Other than continuing my prenatal vitamins, I am not taking any other supplements right now.

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Postpartum #3: Six Week Checkpoint

It has been six weeks since our Baby Boy was delivered via a Cesarean procedure.

Breastfeeding: I am still breastfeeding and pumping everyday. I built a nice frozen stash, but still prefer to feed Baby Boy fresh milk from the source or via bottle. Also, I registered to become a Breast Milk Donor to help other mothers in need.

Wellness & Self Care: As of today, I’ve lost a total of 42 lbs since delivery and have been cleared by my OBGYN to begin an exercise regimen. I was working out consistently before my pregnancy and will return back to my old routine. Life is all about Baby Boy’s needs, but I still make time to myself, even if it’s for thirty minutes. I take a power nap, paint my nails, apply a mud mask, write a blog post, etc.

Baby Boy: His Pediatrician appointments have been fine so far and he has gained a lot of weight since his discharge from the NICU. I will write a separate post about his milestones and all of the jargon that comes with raising a preemie.

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Postpartum Update #2: Baby, Weight loss, and Breastfeeding

It’s been a little while since the first update so there’s quite a lot to share.

Baby: Zach is doing very well! He met most of his development goals and is currently working on transitioning to being fed solely by mouth. He has no issues latching on to feed by breast or bottle. However, until two days ago, he would get tired towards the end and had to finish by tube. Once he is more consistent with his feedings, he will be discharged home.

Weight loss: I’ve lost 27 lbs so far. Because I underwent a C-Section, I was instructed to not do much physical activity outside of light housework and light walking for six weeks. I attribute most of my weight loss to the postpartum night sweats and frequent urination I experienced for one and a half weeks. In addition, I breastfeed/pump which promotes weight loss as well.

Breastfeeding: It took four days for my milk supply to come in. My lactation specialist is amazing and because of her, I feel empowered to breastfeed/pump exclusively. On average, I pump about 30 oz per day with the Medela brand electric pump. I make sure to stay hydrated, eat a nutrient dense diet, and I am still taking my prenatal vitamins.

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