Last Tuesday I had the joy of welcoming into the world my newborn baby daughter Sofia. After a five hour labour she was born at just before 7am in the morning, exactly a week before her due date.
It was also our first baby in the family to be born in Portugal and it was a very interesting experience trying out a new culture and a new way of having a baby.
Prior to having her I had gained 21 pounds during my pregnancy, a normal amount for a new mum to be. It was also suggested for someone with a BMI that falls under the overweight category to gain between 15-25 pounds therefore I was proud that I fell in the middle!
The Big Fat Weigh In
Like most mothers (as I know we all do it) I weighed myself the morning after returning home from hospital. At this point it was the Friday morning and was 72 hours after giving birth. I was expecting a one stone weight loss because that is how much you expect after giving birth when you take into account that you retain 7 pounds for breast feeding.
And there I am depressed after losing just over 8 pounds from having a baby!
Now this is annoying and I am starting to worry at weighing just over 13 stone after giving birth – and clearly all those McDonalds during pregnancy went straight onto me!
Then I had my second weigh in (at my usual weekly time) on the Tuesday which would match with a week since I gave birth and off came another 6 pounds taking my weight loss to exactly a stone like expected.
Time To Carry On With My Weight Loss Dream
It is now back to my weight loss journey and carrying on with losing weight. I have quite a way still to go with a target of losing it all by the summer for when I am at the beach with my baby.
50.5 pounds is still a while to go but I will get there and I am now working with a nutritionist to work on a post pregnancy ebook at the same time as getting myself back in shape. My original target when I started this website was to lose 100 pounds and even after having a slow year with being pregnant, I am nearly half way there.
And the half way mark always sounds good, because it shows that the effort you are putting in is paying off!
The Most Embarrassing Moment On The Baby Ward
After having her in the birthing ward I was transferred into the mother and baby ward that was a ward with three beds on it with new mums at either side of us. The afternoon after she was born our son came with his Dad after school to meet his new sister. The sister he had wanted for years and we went all teary eyed when he held her for the first time.
Then because he is 13 years old and knows no better at the top of his voice (without realising it) he said the one thing that you should never say to women that are paranoid about their figures…..
He asked why everyone looked so fat and pregnant still considering they had just had their babies…..
I then had to point out that the body doesn’t just jump back into shape and that the womb is still expanded after birth and it takes a while for it to get back in shape and return to its normal size.
I can understand why he would feel like this because whenever you look in magazines, celebrities will be back in a size 8 a couple of days after birth, while the rest of us will take months to get into that same shape.
And it reminds us all of the pressures that we face after having a baby, because we all want to look great. Not to mention that when you have a baby you are constantly having photos taken, ones that you will look back over for years to come.
Then of course, there is all the sleepless nights that you are expected to have and the urge to eat junk food is always there because you can never be bothered to do any cooking yourself!
I have been trying hard to stick to a new regime, though it has been a hard struggle, but thanks to lots of kitchen gadgets such as my Philips Air Fryer I feel like I am getting there, though it is one step at a time!
The main difference between when we had our son 13 years ago and our daughter this year, is that there is no such thing as maternity leave. We are self employed and even though we can reduce our hours and work when she sleeps, if we had worked for someone else we would have had a complete break right now and its amazing how tiring it is on the body.
I will now leave you with our first blog photo of Sofia and promise you that she is not always this quiet: