Lots of babies coming into the U.N.I world these days!
For those who don’t know, one of our veteran trainers Melissa Scarpelli just gave birth to her second child. Both are doing fine. Since we had Maxine doing her Pregnant and Training Blogs, I figured we would have Mel do one about coming back from it since she’s experienced in that realm and may have different insight.
She’s also agreed to post pics and as Mel put it her blog posts will be “a wake-up call to the many ladies out there who think fit people miraculously walk out of the hospital as fit people.” So without further ado I present part 1
May 22, 2011
It has been exactly 11 days since I gave birth to my son. Being my second child, and second c-section birth, it has been remarkably easier to handle than the first. Since this birth was planned, I was able to cope much better post-op and actually got out of the hospital a half day early, unlike my first birth where I was in the hospital a total of 5 days. A c-section though is a major abdominal surgery and eventhough my body handled it well, I still have to remember that the recovery is slow and long. When I left the hospital, I still looked like I was 5 months pregnant.
The first couple of days were the hardest. I had to care for a new baby, be attentive to my 3-year old daughter, and had to be completely dependant on my husband and parents. Getting up and down was extremely challenging and painful. Neither myself nor my husband got much sleep as he had to wake up when I did to feed to hand me the baby and then put him back to sleep. Being a person who likes to do everything for herself, this was as much a mental as physical adjustment. I stopped taking painkillers (I never use them anyway) for fear of ‘over-doing it’ (which is just in my nature). For the second time in my life, I have lost all of my strength and have to rebuild again.
The uterus takes about 8 weeks to contract back to it’s original size and the skin that has stretched (and possibly stretch-marked…) and muscle reformation can take anywhere from 3 months to a year.
We all know great abs are made in the kitchen! So over the next 6 weeks I intend on adhering to a fairly strict but generous mealplan, as I am breastfeeding and require anywhere between an extra 500 to 800 calories a day for optimal milk production. I will eat 6 to 8 small meals a day, consisting of quality protein, complex carbs like oatmeal and Ezekiel bread, and fats from nuts, avocados and coconut oil.
For now, exercise consists of walking. Abdominal exercises are not recommended for a c-section birth until after the 6 week post-op check-up as it can actually cause a set back in recovery. And I don’t want that! As of today, I am up to walking 4 kms and will increase gradually until I feel like a walk-jog is on the horizon… maybe in another 2 weeks or so… a far-cry from the oly lifting and pullup days!
I’m looking forward to sharing the challenging journey back and to an even better body then before!