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How do you get going again after pregnancy?

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19/07/2007 at 21:29
First, congratulations Hetty, you have successfully graduated to the next forum!! Lovely names too. Dittoing MM - the jelly belly does go, it's a very gradual thing so some weeks you might not notice the changes. Pilates great once everything has healed up. I'm sure you'll find loads of help on this site over the future weeks on all sorts of things - not just running related. Take it easy.

Seems like ages since I last posted (although I think it was last week!). Stick with the weaning thing Austrorunner - it does eventually improve although the mess doesn't disappear for at least another two years! Joshua is nearly three and he still needs bibs for certain meals. I second sarahbob on the spoon thing - j used to love waving the spoon around whilst i snuck some in his mouth. he also did a lot of the mouthing it and spitting it out. eventually they get the message.

Minks - did you ever sort out Kit's 5am waking? Scarlett did it a couple of times recently and now it is happening every morning - 5.15am on the dot! She was going happily through to 7am until a week ago. She's not demanding any more milk and it is virtually impossible to wake her properly for a 10.30 feed. We usually manage to get about 3-4oz down her max. Like I think you said, I can cope with 6am, but 5am is just toooooo early. Consequently I feel like an absolute zombie today after a week of this. I can't remember what Joshua was like at this stage but then he was a good 3lb heavier by now and probably drank more anyway.

I went for my first buggy-run last week and was pleased to survive three very hilly miles with my mountain buggy in 28 mins. I was desperate to get outside and thorough sick of treadmill and hubbie was away most of last week. Was also pleased as I did a v hard spinning class day before and legs felt fine. Fitness gradually returning. Have just written out an 8-week schedule which I now need to plan into my diary so it actually happens.

And as a final note - thankfully Joshua looks like he's finally getting the hang of doing a poo in the right place!! My washing machine will be greatly relieved.
20/07/2007 at 00:19
Hello ladies and babies
Found you thanks to Janie - been a while since I been on forums.
Jacob now 8mths old - how time flys.
In training for 10k in Aylesbury in August - yikes.
20/07/2007 at 13:58
Hi GM. Amazing isn't it. Can't believe my two are 9 months. How are you doing?

Joshie projectile vomited his lunch and tea last night. Seems to be much better this morning, but had to cancel everything today in case.

I am entered for half marathon in October. Yes yikes! Have done three 10ks and a 7 miler so far.

Weather so grim today, have huge ironing pile so hope the boys will play nicely together so get on with that!
22/07/2007 at 22:25
MM, thanks for the thoughts about weaning. Kit is very interested in watching hubby and I eating so I think he'll be ready for it when the time comes. I'll probably start weaning him a couple of weeks before he reaches the 6-month mark. He's on anywhere between 32 and 36 ounces of formula a day at the moment so there's no real need to wean yet.

Hetty, I second MM on the belly front. I had a section too so couldn't resume exercise immediately - think I went for my first run at 6 weeks which was against hospital advice but I couldn't bear to wait any longer. It was all fine as I took it VERY gently the first few times. Like MM, my belly is fairly firm again now but is slightly more rounded than the completely flat tummy I had pre-pregnancy. I still need to tone up my thighs a bit, and my upper arms, but I'm pretty happy with how I look after 5 months.

CC - yes, Kit is now sleeping pretty well again. He occasionally stirs at about 5:30am but has learned to settle himself back to sleep 90% of the time. I tried a bit of 'controlled crying' during the day - putting him down for naps and as soon as he started crying, going into his room and reassuring him using my voice only, then going out again and repeating at two-minute intervals until he settled. It only took a day and his sleep has been so much better since. The first day I used the controlled crying he slept right through the night: of course, it was a fluke, but he hasn't woken more than once any night since - and most nights not at all. I think he just needed to be allowed to fall asleep on his own - hubby and I were far too quick to rush in at the slightest murmur and pick him up or give him his dummy. Now we always put him down awake and he usually beams at us as we zip him into his sleeping bag, and settles himself really quickly without crying at all. He's also learned not to cry as soon as he wakes up, but will happily lie in his cot cooing and playing with his toes until we go in and get him up. We were away in Devon last week and he slept like an angel in an unfamiliar cot and bedroom, bless him.

Have to say since having a baby I've really noticed how bad facilities are in most places for feeding/changing them. While on holiday we went to the Eden Project: ONE baby changing/disabled toilet once you'd entered the main area. We had to wait for three other mothers ahead of us, then when I finally got in to change Kit, I was plagued by a woman in a wheelchair banging on the door the entire time. Quite often I found myself changing his nappy or feeding him in the car which was not ideal with the weather we had!!

Forgot to say congrats to Hetty - and welcome to the post-natal thread!
23/07/2007 at 13:46
Yes we have found that Minks. National Trust places have lovely facilities but you can't get a double buggy through the door! But this is the situation in many places to be honest for us. I do generally have to rely on the good will of others.

Did you have a good break otherwise? We are off on hols in a weeks time to Wales praying the weather improves but not sure it will!!
23/07/2007 at 15:25
23/07/2007 at 18:49
Hello all!

I thought I should make the journey over from Pregnant Lady to Mum! If you don't already know, Hector was born on June 29th after a fantastic home birth and he is doing really well. He's so gorgeous! I wrote up my birth story if you fancy a read (it's long, by the way).

I'm definitely not ready to start running again yet (I think I'll wait until my six week check up - is this with the GP, by the way?) but I do feel good - the jelly belly has gone down pretty quickly (but is decidedly wobbly) and I am able to fasten various pairs of trousers after months and months! To be honest, I'm really not stressing about my post-birth body, I just look at him and feel proud :) I do have a way to go with the weight though, but won't put myself under lots of pressure because it seems to be happening naturally anyway.

I look forward to seeing how everyone gets on with training and I will keep you updated on my own progress.

AP+h xx
23/07/2007 at 19:44
Hello!!! I'm also a graduate too! Ted was born on 16/7/07 by emergency section after prolonged second stage labour as he was OP. Unfortunately we both had contracted a nasty infection so we were both on IV antibiotics and Ted was on special care for 7 days. It was sheer hell to be honest as they kept saying were going home when we weren't, they were having to change venflows in his veins and then telling me they had no more veins to use. When your hormones are raging it is not an easy experience.

AP I'm hoping to read your birth story soon. I thought I was going to be in the running with you for the quickest labour as I was 4 hours from 1cm to full dilation and they thought the baby would be there in an hour after that. Never mind. We're fit and healthy now.
24/07/2007 at 10:46
Janie - congratulations, what an experience! It sounds truly challenging, good to hear you are both well now though. Ah, welcome to the world little Ted, what a gorgeous name you have!

Take care xx
24/07/2007 at 11:48

Welcome Hetty, Janie & AP and all your little ones. It's great to hear all's well regardless of how the births went.
It becomes a distant memory rather quickly.

Minks - you are right about travel and babies. I find flying such a challenge, changing a wriggly 8 month old in a plane with turbulence is no mean feat.
I did find Dubai to be an extremely child friendly city, the shopping malls had the largest and cleanest changing facilities I have ever seen.
There were even buggies at the airport to put the little ones in before the buggies came out of the hold.
24/07/2007 at 13:31
It has been ages since I have been on this site - it has a new look!

Firstly congrats to Janie and AP - two more wee boys for us! Glad both babies and Mums are doing well now. JT - that's what is important at the end of it that Ted is doing well now. Look after yourselves now - you both deserve the title of Proud Mum!
24/07/2007 at 13:37
I've read back now! Hetty congrats on your two girls (evens things up here a bit). Really pleased that you are getting better now.
24/07/2007 at 15:44
Hi everyone,

I have a 13 month old daughter called Evie. I didnt start running for a while after she was born as i could never find the time! You are all so great to get out there and do it.

Anna x
25/07/2007 at 10:12
I know how you feel Janie T. Harry caught septicaemia in hospital, don't ask me how ;o). Too many blood sugar test pricks I think with dirty hands? He also had IV antibiotics, poor love had a canula which kept falling out and his little tiny hands and ankles were so bruised after the two weeks. It is now a distant memory that horrendous 3 weeks, so fingers crossed you will have the same distant memory soon.

Glad you are home now though and all is well.

Had my two weighed last week, first time in over two months, as going to clinic with twins is a nightmare as noone helps. Harry 16lb3, very tiny!! Joshie 18lb7. Still pretty small for 9 months bless them!
25/07/2007 at 17:08
hello ladies with babies
wishing you all health and wealth

my cousin is preggers almost to date as I was last year - she is so lucky we're not getting the heat of last July this year!

do any of your little mites suffer from ezcema (hopefully not) and can recommend any remedies? Jacob is nearly 9mths old and has had on and off since he was 8wks.

25/07/2007 at 19:54
MM - I can sympathise about the canula. Ted had to have his fitted three times. I could hear him at the other end of the unit screaming when they refitted it each time but just couldn't be there when they did it. I ended up breaking my heart each time as I hated to hear him in pain. Like you say, it's in the past now, it's hard to believe that it really did happen!

GM - can't help with ezcema I'm afraid - have you tried any alternative therapy? I have friends who have tried homeopathy for other conditions but who have had really good results.

AP - It's lovely to hear that you had such a positive birth experience. It actually sounds very similar to mine in the first stages, we were just really unlucky. Have to say my two hours of pushing without any pain relief probably would not be something I'd recommend!!!

Well Ted is thriving. MW is really happy and now doesn't want to see me for another week. He's now ten days old and gorgeous! I've post some photos for your all.
26/07/2007 at 09:47
Go Martini, my wee James has eczema (8 months) and has seen the dermatologist a couple of times. Thankfully it i much better at the moment - to the extent that he has not worn gloves the last 3 nights.

Gloves really limit the damage - James wears his in the bath and sometimes when we go swimming. We got some from spirit of nature that tie on - unfortunately he is very talented at getting them off. We put them on when he has his nappy changed as when skin is out in hte open he immediately scratches.

Even in hot weather he has to have his legs and arms covered. Long sleeved vests are best as they are tighter round his arms and cover his tummy (he pulls up t shirts and scratches! (Difficult to get long sleeved vests at this time of year though)

Cream does help. However it needs to be so thick. We have a little snowman every nappy change - helps keep your hands soft too.

Also a lot of doctors are afraid of hydrocortisone. 1% which is the most common is a VERY mild steroid. It is much better to be used and to clear up the eczema than to let your child be suffering.

Creams we use are diprobase, doublebase, hydrocortisone and aqueous. The aqueous we just bought a big drum of (from Tesco pharmacy or chemist - really cheap) and we put this on as a soap in the bath. he already has oilatum plus in the bath water (which he drinks) but the aqueous we smother him in then wash most of it off. We still cream him up with the diprobase afterwards.

I think all these creams are available over the counter but also on prescription. I get big prescription drums of the creams and then buy little tubes to keep in his changing bag.

Bath water cooler rather than warmer. Creams should also be applied in the same direction as hair grows (downward motion) as it can irritate if rubbed up and down. Patting dry after the bath rather han rubbing....

Hope this is of some use although you probably know, have tried everything already.

26/07/2007 at 09:50
JT - Ted is gorgeous! How perfect looking - so tiny.....
30/07/2007 at 21:48
Wow, you go away for a week ...

Congratulations to AP and Janie - Janie, the pics are gorgeous! It's hard to believe that Kit was ever that tiny now. It must have been so tough hearing him in pain and seeing his tiny veins so bruised. I know how I'd feel if Kit had to go through anything like that - it would break my heart.

Just got back from a relatively dry week in Wales, staying with my in-laws. Was lovely for them to be able to spend time with their grandson and lovely for hubby and I to have meals cooked for us every night! Got some good runs in in the Welsh hills too - hard going but worth it for the scenery. Was quite surprised to discover that according to their scales, I still weigh the same as when we went up at Easter when Kit was only 6 weeks old. I certainly think I'm slimmer than I was then, and more of my clothes now fit me - either the scales are wrong or I now have loads of muscle which weighs more than the baby flab!

Will take Kit to be weighed tomorrow. He was 14lb 8oz three weeks ago so I wouldn't be surprised if he's heading for 16lb by now. He seemed to eat voraciously for a few days last week so I think he was probably having a growth spurt. He was five months last Friday, bless him - can't believe it really. The time just flies.

AP and Janie, make the most of these early weeks. They do pass in a bit of a blur but try to savour them as much as you can. Before you can blink your new little ones will be a few months old.

Kit's just learned to giggle and it's SO cute! He especially likes to laugh while he's in the bath - I think the sponge tickles!
31/07/2007 at 09:02
AP, have just read your birth story and it made my cry - it was so lovely! Also reminded me of my own labour which was progressing well and calmly before it was discovered that Kit was breech. That moment when you first start feeling contractions is weird, isn't it? I wasn't sure at first if that was what they were - but I was tuned in to expect mine as my waters had broken several hours earlier. Mine certainly didn't break with a bang like yours! I moved in bed to switch off the alarm and felt a gush - stood up and my pyjamas were soaked through. Remember turning to hubby and telling him that he wouldn't be going to work that day!
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