The days and nights are starting to become less of a blur as Hazelnut and I establish somewhat of a routine. Since I am slightly less sleep deprived (though I still could use more sleep), my thoughts are starting to drift to my weight. I gained 42 pounds of baby weight during my pregnancy. I thought I would lose at least 10 to 15 pounds of baby weight when I leave the hospital after the birth. Instead, I lost only 3 pounds even though Hazelnut was over 6 pounds. What happened?
Postpartum water retention
The hospital hooked me to an IV which caused me to develop a condition called edema. My ankles and feet were more swollen postpartum than it ever were during my pregnancy. Apparently it is very common for people to leave hospitals swollen with more fluid after being hooked to an IV. It took me two weeks postpartum to finally lose the excess fluid. And it was so painful I had to soak my feet in Epsom salt and wear compression socks every day.
Weight loss plan
I still have 25 pounds of baby weight to lose. I am confident that I will eventually lose the baby weight. The problem is, I’m just not sure when. I certainly hope I will be able to lose some of the baby weight before returning to work. I would hate to return to work wearing my pregnancy clothes or having to buy new "temporary" work clothes. The idea of having to purchase a new wardrobe for this temporary size is more disturbing to me than having this extra weight on me. I really would hate to have to spend the money since I already spent a few hundred dollars clothing myself during my pregnancy.
With the excess relaxin hormone still in my body, I am hesitant to dive into a fitness program like Charlean Extreme or P90X. It will probably take another month for my joints to not feel so "loose." It would be very easy to injure myself with an extreme exercise program so soon after giving birth and after a few months of not exercising. However, I have started walking to lose weight with the baby. I plan to give myself until the end of the month before jumping into back into a regular exercise routine.
Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.
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