I alluded to my post-twin-pregnancy body yesterday and it got me thinking again about some of the changes I have experienced. I would love some feedback from others on whether they had any of this, if any of you have any tips or insights they are most welcome (assvice solicited)!
Well as I have ‘bragged’ about before, I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight within three weeks of giving birth. I guess that probably means I either didn’t actually put on fat whilst pregnant (despite gaining 30 kgs during the pregnancy) or breastfeeding two sucked all the fat out of me in no time at all. I was very proud of this fact. Of course now breastfeeding is behind me and some of the weight has snuck back, but I know that this has nothing to do with pregnancy, it is me and my eating habits and from a weight perspective I think I am actually one of those lucky few who never came out of pregnancy with ‘baby weight’.
Not so lucky on other fronts.
First up is the aching body. Mostly in my feet, but also my wrists. I am not too sure how to describe the feeling other than that when I wake up in the morning my feet ache, ache to the point that standing on them is agony. Most of my body aches until I get moving, but the ache in my joints is the worst. My wrists seem to have become really weak and the strength I once had in my hands is long gone. I have read one blog where the woman mentioned some of what I am experiencing, but she never had a solution. I have tried upping the quantity of Omegas that I take to see if I just need to lubricate my joints, but it has made no difference. I have wondered whether the twins sucked something out my body whilst growing there that simply hasn’t been replenished yet and if I can just figure out what it is I can take some supplement to give me back increased mobility. I have also wondered if I don’t just need to do more (some) exercise. I was very sedentary during the pregnancy (I am still convinced it helped me carry the twins as long and as big as I did), but maybe I seized up and now things don’t want to get moving again? I have started walking in the evenings with the kids, but so far no big change, but it has only been just over a week. As I say if anyone has had similar or has any cure please share.
Then there is the tummy, now this I have heard of and expected, but I need some help on how to fix it. I am well endowed (as in big b00bies) and I always used to say that thanks to this endowment, I often looked slimmer than I am because my b00bies stuck out further than my tummy. Well not anymore! I have no, as in zero, stomach muscles. Nada, zip, zilch! Fairly early in my pregnancy (early second trimester) you could actually see how my tummy muscles split aside. I have since read that a c-sec can make this worse. Anyway, my muscles have never come back together. I have also done NOTHING to help that happen and I guess I should try some of those exercises because seriously I have no stomach muscles of any use what so ever. Have I left it too late, am I stuck like this forever? As a result of no stomach muscles my back is taking strain, because it is carrying the whole burden. I am sure it is also struggling because I am often carrying two toddlers around a combined weight of nearly 24kgs! But any tips on bringing my tummy back together would be most welcome.
Now please this is in no way a complaint session, neither am I hoping for some ficticious post baby slendour. This is not about weight, but about health, I know how to loose weight. I am just starting to feel like I need to get things back together and looking for any advice on how I can do that.