Listen carefully: I should have had a c-section.
There is oh so much to share in this post and very little of it is good news. So bear with me.
Why don’t we actually tackle the good news first:
Daddy and soybean (after his milk coma)
The soybean is doing so well. He seems to be gaining weight (thanks to supplementing with about 3 ounces of formula daily) and is happy as can be. In the last week or so, he’s started to intentionally smile (they say this happens at 5 weeks) and I melt every time I see his toothless grin. We are having fun making faces and noises to get his little lips to curl. It’s absolutely amazing. We are operating well on the schedule I mentioned a few posts ago. He sleeps in nice predictable chunks and is fairly easily soothed in times of distress. He also is starting to come alive on his activity mat – it took awhile for him to notice all the toys/animals, but now they totally intrigue him. Yay
Sawyer is the light of my life and makes bad news palatable.
How’s that for a segue?
I had my 6 week postpartum appointment yesterday. You know, the one where you get the all clear to resume normal activity? Yeah, I didn’t get that. In fact I got a dose of bad news:
- My estrogen levels are quite low. There is a name for it, but it has escaped me. Basically it means I’ll struggle more with my milk supply. This apparently can happen fairly easily in thin women. Estrogen supplements are an option, but something I’m waiting on due to wanting to deal with the following issues first.
- I have granulated scar tissue as a result of my stitches – my body reacted poorly to the material apparently. Granulated scar tissue is extremely painful and will not go away on its own. As a result, I had to have the areas treated with silver nitrate yesterday at my appointment. Luckily the numbing cream made it relatively painless. BUT, there is one area that is requiring more extensive treatment which could require surgery and IV sedation. Good lord, that just sucks.
- And if that’s not enough, I either have muscle or nerve damage in my pelvic floor muscles. I’ve been scheduled to see a specialist next week to pinpoint the issue(s) and ascertain the best way to fix it, which could be something like physical therapy or surgery. This is the bad news that scares me the most because it would be pretty invasive and most impacts my life. Sigh.
So yeah, I definitely did NOT get the all clear for resuming all activity. I can still take long walks and do some light work outs (like yoga), but nothing strenuous. This sucks given my resistance to weight loss (which my doctor said happens a lot more than people think while breastfeeding).
Had I had my c-section like I originally wanted, I would have avoided the hemorrhaging post birth, the huge blood clot (most likely), the scar tissue, and the reduced muscle control. Argh. I guess I should listen to my instincts eh? Even my doctor said “next baby, c-section.” Though birth was a breeze, aftermath has not been kind to me.
I still plan to track my progress so here ya go…stats as of February 8, 2012, 6 weeks postpartum:
- Weight: +10.9 lbs (down 2.1 lbs (16.1 lbs since birth))
- Ribcage: 29” (down 1”)
- Waist (smallest part above belly button): 30” (down 2” (~8” since birth))
- Hips: 35.5” (no change)
- Right Bicep: 10.75” (down .25”)
- Left Bicep: 9.75” (down .25”)
- Right Thigh: 21” (no change)
- Left Thigh: 21.75” (down .25”)
(all measurements at widest part)
Standing up my tummy is completely flat, but it’s definitely wider and looser than pre-pregnancy. At about 4 weeks postpartum, I tried on a pair of pre-preg jeans and they fit comfortably. Subsequent to that, I’ve tried on some other pre-preg jeans and not all fit, that’s for sure. I can tell my upper thighs and hip area are larger than before and that will take some time to lose.
On that note, I am debating going back to the same facility for personal training that I trained at for my wedding. I was able to drop 5% body fat and about 10 pounds via the workouts and have similar hopes this time around. I’ll keep you posted. *This is only after I am healed and get officially cleared
Hopefully I’ve shed some light on what isn’t always talked about post pregnancy. And maybe some new moms can relate. If any one has had similar experiences and have words of wisdom, please do share!