6 Weeks Postpartum – I’m sharing an update on how we are doing 6 weeks after giving birth to our 3rd child.
6 Weeks Postpartum
Hi Everyone, it’s time to check in with a 6 Weeks Postpartum post! I posted about my pregnancy with my 3rd child regularly and I thought it would be good to just let you know how it’s going after giving birth.
I still have to share the birth story but hopefully, I will get that up on the blog soon as well. I’ve truly been in catch up mode. Time has been flying by in these last few weeks as we get used to being a family of five with 3 kids! Wow!
I am thankful to my husband for being supportive and my kids for being so loving and sweet to their new sister.
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Yesterday, I had my 6-week OBGYN appointment and it marks a milestone in recovery from Maeve’s birth. While recovery from birth is no picnic, recovery from my 3rd child has been considerably easier than my son’s where I had a pelvic split injury and my first born’s which was a long labor and my first experience with childbirth.
No birth injuries this time to deal with! I still feel some shadow pain from that injury from time to time.
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I have a “Diastasis recti” that is about 1 finger apart which is less than I had with my son (I think it was 1.5 or 2 fingers apart) so with a healthy diet and exercise I can get that back to normal as I did after having my 2nd child.
For your reference, “Diastasis recti” is defined as:
Diastasis recti is the partial or complete separation of the rectus abdominis, or “six-pack” muscles, which meet at the midline of your stomach. Diastasis recti is very common during and following pregnancy. This is because the uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen to accommodate your growing baby. (source: healthline.com)
I’ve talked a lot about varicose veins and my battle with them in previous posts. Mine have been fading and we will see where they are in 6 months to 1 year from now as the hormones in my body change and regulate. They haven’t bothered me as much during or after the pregnancy this time around. I think the vein treatment that I had after my son helped a lot.
I almost feel like should do a whole separate post on this, like a guide and my personal experience from all 3 children’s pregnancies since I do have considerable experience at this as I breastfed my first 2 1/2 years, my 2nd almost 2 1/2 years and my 3rd is exclusively breastfed as well so far. I am not opposed to supplementing with formula and I did with my son because he really had an appetite and I was also dealing with the added stress on my system from that pelvic injury.
This postpartum period, breastfeeding is going well, as well as it can go. I had access to the lactation consultants in the hospital and staying the extra night (I stayed 3 days) helped so much in getting my rhythm, getting the support I need and learning about my newborn’s cues. New and existing moms need so much support to breastfeeding, it’s like learning a new language and even the 3rd time around, I had to remember some things that I forgot about. I am grateful to have a supportive family and that it’s going well.
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I am looking forward to working out and I have started doing some planks and squats this week. I want to add in running and cycling (a stationary bike for now). I am wearing a Fitbit and have been tracking my daily sleep and steps.
I feel like my sleep quality directly relates to how I feel everyday. As long as I get enough sleep, in addition to hydration and protein in my diet, then I feel good!
I also try to get outside and enjoy our kitchen garden (related: Garden Update July 2020) on a daily basis – staying connected to the outdoors really helps my mindset.
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If I think of anything else, I’ll add it in!
How was your postpartum experience? Let me know in the comments at the end of the post. Thank you for reading and following along!