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How do you get going again after pregnancy?

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05/08/2007 at 01:25
Ber-limey Janie Tri - your doc seems to be outta the dark ages. Think you've answered yr own Q about who to see about you returning to training - see your health visitor.

Good luck. Don't try to do too much too soon.

GMx
05/08/2007 at 11:21
Yeah, the wedding thing is a nightmare and the one I'm going to will be full of very stylish trendy types, so I want to feel comfortable and not look like the frumpy mum who's let herself go!

Hector will be six weeks on Friday, so I'll be due my check-up (also not sure who does this?) and should be able to get back into some form of exercise - hoorah! We were in the park yesterday and I did a bit of stretching and it felt like bliss...simple pleasures!
05/08/2007 at 13:36
I think it depends on your area re. the 6-week check-up. I know other mums who've been sent postnatal check-up appointments by their doctor! In my case I had to organise it myself but it WAS with the GP, not the health visitor. What actually gets checked also seems to vary - some mums seem to have been given an internal examination but my GP didn't offer to do this (wouldn't have been able to anyway as I was having my first period at the time). He just asked me very general questions, gave me the OK to start running again (even though I'd already been out for a few sneaky ones the week before!) and mainly concentrated on Kit's check-up which was done at the same time.

Managed to get shoes, a bag and a 'fascinator' (feathery thing for my head!) for the hen do, so feel a bit more relaxed now. Am just worried that it will be as hot as it's been this weekend as am wearing a trouser suit and will die! Although linen, it's lined and the lining is that acetate stuff that makes you sweat buckets. I do have an off-white dress that I've worn to a couple of previous weddings I could wear instead, but obviously want to wear the new stuff since I bought it specially! The wedding has kind of come at the wrong time - it's costing me a fortune with having to have two new outfits (one for the hen day and one for the wedding) just at the time my maternity pay has completely stopped. Fortunately as I haven't spent much money while on maternity leave I squirreled a bit away while I was still being paid as I suspected I'd need it round about now, and it seems frivolous to spend hubby's hard-earned on wedding outfits and shoes!

Not looking forward to my run tonight - it's 30 degrees here! One advantage of only doing short runs at the moment though - will start the longer ones again in the autumn.
06/08/2007 at 09:08
Janie - I would have thought after a c/s you should have a 6 week check. When DS was born by c/s ( nearly 5 yrs ago, so it may well have changed) I was offered a check either at the hospital or at my GPs - I went to my GP and it was all fine. But I would have thought that they need to check that the scar has healed up well. Your HV sounds on the ball though - prob. best to ask her.

sb x (sorry still lurking on this thread as I can't officially join yet!)
06/08/2007 at 09:50
I had a C-section and I had to ask the GP to check that the scar was healing OK at my 6-week check!! I'm actually quite pleased with the way it's healed - the scar has faded a lot and has flattened out: one side was quite lumpy at first but apparently this is quite common as they cut deeper on the side that the incision starts (usually the left side) so there is more scar tissue there. The left side of my scar is still very slightly lumpier than the right side, which is completely flat, but having read a few horror stories about C-section scars I'm quite happy with mine!

Cragchick, life sounds hectic for you! But good fun too. Kit's a little angel too - we're very lucky. Apart from a short-lived blip where he woke up several times a night for about three or four nights, he has slept really well since he was about 10 weeks old. He now sleeps from 10:45-7:00 pretty much every night, and if he wakes early he either chats away to himself or - his latest discovery - plays with the soft toys at the end of his cot. So sweet!

He can almost sit up on his own - has done a couple of times until he flops forward and can't get up again! He's also learned to roll from front to back but can't quite manage back to front yet - his head is too heavy! He's reaching out for everything now which is good and bad - I took him to the supermarket last week in the Baby Bjorn front carrier we've got (which he loves) and he kept grabbing things as I was trying to get things off the shelves! I almost didn't spot him trying to consume the shopping list as I browsed in the vegetable aisle! Think he might have to go in his buggy next time!

He coped really well with the heat over the weekend - it didn't seem to phase him at all. We had him laid on his playmat in a shady part of the garden and he seemed to enjoy watching the leaves fluttering in the breeze and looking at all the flowers. He's such a good-natured, happy baby - he is a real joy to have around.

Run last night went better than I expected, although I kept the pace deliberately slower than usual. Ran through the park and there was lots of shade from the trees and a nice breeze, so it wasn't as sweltering as I'd feared. The only downside to the park route is that probably 2/3 of the run is uphill. Took me 25 minutes to do the three miles which wasn't too bad under the circumstances. I was wearing a red running top and my face was almost exactly the same shade when I got home!

Looks as though the rest of the week will be a little cooler than the weekend, fortunately: I may yet survive in my trouser suit on Thursday!
06/08/2007 at 20:11
Hello

Our 6 week check is with GP but Louise is checked by health visitor first to get her measurements done. The HV makes the appointment for you as it's a half hour appointment apparently. She said I could request a check down there if I wanted. I may do, I would like to know all is in order after the infection. Lovely!

Am starting to dream about running. Went for a walk today to the park where I sometimes go for a short trot and sometimes do sprint intervals between benches. Stupidly forgot that it's not called Braidburn Valley Park for no reason. You should have seen me puffing pushing the pram up what felt like a vertical path trying to get out again! I could have gone out the civilised way at the far end but Lou was crying and I wanted to get home asap so I could feed her and it didn't seem such a big deal til I got half way up!

Minks enjoy the hen weekend, sounds fab!

All of you seem to be getting back into shape pretty well. CC am impressed you are back doing club runs. You're all inspirational!!
06/08/2007 at 21:10
http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/5899118


No way can I make that into a proper link - if you are on the preg runners thread you will see that this has not been easy for me to upload these!!

Hopefully this works and hopefully you will like them. i think Louise is gorgeous but I'm biased!
07/08/2007 at 11:18
EF - your pics are so lovely and special - Louise is indeed gorgeous - thx for sharing them with us.
GMx
07/08/2007 at 18:28
EF - gorgeous photos- congrats

JT glad all is sorted with the feeding.
08/08/2007 at 21:32
Oh my god Janie - just a real quickie from me - Edward William is my husband and so was my Taid!! Rest assured, they are good strong dependable men :)
10/08/2007 at 18:04
Hello all

Feeling rested here after managing a day-time nap for once! I have a feeling little Hector is going through his six week growth spurt: last night was a long one, with him feeding every hour and then just staying wide awake! Blimey, it would have been harder if he hadn't been smiling and giggling at me ;)

We made it to our post-natal mums and babies yoga class yesterday. It's a lovely chilled class and you can happily feed there and wander around if your baby starts crying. Hector was fine though and no screaming fits...he did, however, throw up all over me, himself and the yoga mat, how embarrassing!

Talking of feeding in public (breastfeeding), I think it was EF who mentioned rushing back home from the park to feed. We have now mastered the art of emergency feeding...wherever that might be! So far we've 'refuelled' on the bus, on the train, at Sainsburys checkout, in a display at Ikea, in the park. It's a case of having to, otherwise he'll eat his hand right off! Feeling quite proud of myself for this as I was very nervous and embarrassed about it all at first - I'd recommend it, it's liberating!

Have a great weekend everyone, the weather is scorching here.

A+h xx
10/08/2007 at 21:13
I am with you with the feeding AP - found myself at a service station on the M25 on sat with both my baps out feeding 2 at once cos they just couldnt wait for me to do 1 at a time (I was sat on the grass though, dont think I could do 2 at once inside!) - its as if my breasts are purely their to nourish the babies so I just dont feel embarrassed. Wierd!

GP sent me an appointment for my 6 week check - I have recovered really well and although I am still on meds for my BP and iron levels I am hoping I can start some gentle exercise next week. Apparently a laisure centre nearby has a spinning class that you can take babies in car seats to and I want to do a pilates class as my stomach is horrendous. not sure i feel ready to run yet but I am sure i will get there.
11/08/2007 at 21:55
Sounds dreadful Janie... glad they are gone. Its amazing how babies pick up on tension etc, i am sure the girls are cranky when i am feeling anxious and out of sorts. Hopefully they have gone home and realised the error of their ways.

I have had mum staying (or been in london at hers) mon - fri for the last 2 weeks. She has been great and manged not to interfere yet but I must admit i am glad she has gone now so i can get into my own routine and back to some sort of normality. Part of me is a little scared to be going it alone though, although I have done several days solo and they have been fine.

Think we may be having the 6 week growth spurt a week early - non stop feeding all night and day and 2 babies who got so overtired today they looked like they would never sleep again! thankfully asleep now!

A question for those with older babies (or new ones!), where do your babies sleep? Ours have been in our room in a pram until now but invariably end up in our bed as I feed them there and usually we all fall asleep mid feed. Most nights they settle back in thier pram happily but others will only settle in our bed, sometimes only when lying on us! not sure what to do for the best, last night we put them in a cot in thier room and they slept there til 2 but then didnt settle until 5 so ended up in bed with us cos i was just so tired. Not sure wether to go with the flow and bed share or persevere and only feed/ put them down in thier own room to prevent bad habits. Any ideas welcome!
12/08/2007 at 11:10
Janie - poor you! I can sympathise - we had husband's parents last week Sun/Mon then my mum and sister Tues/wed. It was just too much! People don't say anything directly, but I get little hints and looks that suggest they don't agree with certain things we do. Husband keeps saying I shouldn't worry what anyone thinks, but it's hard not to feel hurt. And I do wish his mum would indulge us a bit and let us enjoy these moments as if they've never happened to anyone else before (do you know what I mean?) instead of always saying 'Oh, yes, our kids did that...blah, blah'.

I'll shut up now!

Hetty - it does sound like a growth spurt, we're going through exactly the same thing at the moment - it was every hour last night, then one feed after just half an hour! I'm knackered!

Regarding the sleeping arrangements. I would say do what feels right for you and your baby/ies. We are taking our lead from Hector and going with the flow. I really don't believe in the 'creating a rod for your own back' thing. I read a great book, which might help:

The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff

She has studied the way children are brought up in different cultures and it's only here in the west that we insist on putting our babies to sleep in another room, something like 90% of the world's population co-sleeps!!

Anyway, that's just my opinion and it's all individual, we all have different needs and beliefs.

Hetty - I do think about you a lot and marvel at how much harder it must be with two, you're doing brilliantly :)
12/08/2007 at 15:25
Hello ladies - I am no expert, can only go from own experience and advice taken. My boy is now 9mths old - but I can certainly sympathise with own bed, cot, nursery sleeping patterns. Babies will, of course, settle with you, on you, or your partner because of your heart-beat. One suggestion is to put a gentle ticking clock near to thier cot or in their nursery to re-settle them after a feed. It worked for us. Jacob has slept through the night from 5months. Yippee.
GMx
13/08/2007 at 20:32
you are so brave doing public breastfeeding. I am only just reaching the stage where I don't pretty much have to strip to the waist so haven't dared yet. it's just easier to take a bottle out with me or else to nash home.

On the sleeping front, Louise sleeps in a wee crib next to our bed. She will have to move to a cot soon because she's ridiculously long and it is almost outgrown already. Ditto the pram which is a pest. i totally know what you mean about a rod for your own back Janie, we keep picking Lou up whenever she squawks and then we shoogle her back to sleep and I'm convinced that in two months time I am going to be pacing the floor with a great big lump of baby in my arms desperately trying to get her to sleep. however, at 4am when you are trying to go back to bed you just do whatever it takes!

Today Lou was in one of those moods where she's ridiculously tired but won't sleep. she slept most of yesterday and still slept through til 5am this morning then went back down afterwards and slept til 9.40 but I reckon she's only had the odd 15 minute snatch since then. Every single time I tried to eat something she would wake. She'd be sound asleep in my arms for about ten mins and I'd try to put her in her crib and ping eyes were open again. now her eyes are drooping but she still refuses to sleep.

Cracking nappy issues today too. took nappy off and thought she can have a wee kick about for two minutes and then next thing there was poo everywhere and as I frantically mopped it up she decided to pee. Just grabbed her and dunked her in the bath!

Oh well, my peace is nearly over. Andy took Louise down to grandmas so that I could get a wee break but he's just back judging by the clunks downstairs. Or else am being broken into!

Catch you all soon. Oh and yes, Hetty, hats off to you managing with two. I simply cannot imagine how hard it is.
13/08/2007 at 23:32
Hello all - loads of posts since I last managed to get on here! You are all doing great: Janie, don't know how you survived the outlaws' visit! I was so emotional initially after Kit was born that any kind of upset would have tipped me right over the edge. As it was, my inlaws were fab - MIL is an ex-midwife and was so horrified that, having been discharged from hospital on Friday I had not had a home visit by Monday, she insisted that they came down (from Wales!) and looked after me. They stayed in a hotel so that hubby and I still had time to ourselves to get used to being a family, and they were so wonderful and supportive I don't think I'd have got through without them. My mum was around too but she really came into her own when hubby went back to work as she took that week off work to help me out. I was a bit scared when I first had to 'fly solo' as I'd had help for the first four weeks of Kit's life and it was a bit daunting having to go it alone. But I was also actually quite glad to crack on with things in my own way - it's the only way to build confidence I reckon.

Kit slept in the carrycot attachment of his buggy on a Moses basket stand in our room for the first 7 weeks. We never took him into bed with us. For the night feeds, whoever was 'on duty' would take him into his own room to change/feed him, then put him back into the carrycot afterwards. This was mainly so both hubby and I could get some decent sleep on alternate nights. Perhaps because I'm tiny and Kit was a big baby and maybe felt very confined inside me, he has always hated being in a confined space, so he soon found his carrycot too narrow for his outstretched arms and would claw the sides. We moved him into his big cot in his own room at 8 weeks and he's slept there ever since. He's definitely slept better since we did that - and so have we! He first slept through the night without needing a 3-4am feed at 10 weeks and as soon as he did that, we stopped feeding him in the night. If he woke up we would settle him back to sleep with a dummy or by patting/stroking. We did have a bit of a bad patch when he was about 4 months where he woke every hour of the night for about four nights, but I tried some mild controlled crying during the day naps at that time and he learned quickly how to settle himself back to sleep. Since then he's slept brilliantly at night and goes from 11pm when we give him his last feed to about 6:45am - although he's just started waking round 6am in the last week or so. He's quite happy to lie in his cot and play with his teddies, but he's SO vocal he invariably wakes us up! Hopefully he'll start waking later again once we start him on solids in the next couple of weeks.

Have had a nightmare with feeding him over the last couple of days. He simply refuses the bottle and gets himself into a complete state. He opens his mouth to take the bottle as though he's hungry, then as soon as he's sucked for about a second he jerks his head back to get away from it. I'm thinking it's possibly teething and his gums are sore - tried rubbing some Bonjela on about 10 minutes before his feed which seems to have helped slightly, but today he only took 32oz of formula in total whereas he's been having up to 38oz quite happily last week. As long as things improve in the next day or so I'm sure he'll be OK but any longer and I'd be worried about him starting to lose weight. Poor little chap - he's normally so good.

EF, LOL at your poo story! The very first bath we gave Kit after we brought him home from hospital, he pooed in the towel! He's never done so since although he's peed over me several times! (And all down the wardrobe door, all over the floor, all over my mum's lounge floor ...)
14/08/2007 at 08:55
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14/08/2007 at 10:59
Wow, big posts, it's good to have a real catch-up!

Minks - your routine sounds great, lots of sleep for you now! I know what you mean about that 'arms outstretched' thing, when Hector has the space, both arms are out to the side and legs splayed all over...he looks so chilled! Regarding the gums, a friend used a homeopathic remedy for teething and said it really helped. I'm not entirely sure what it was, but it was in little sachets of powder that you pour on their tongue, possibly chamomile?

EF - I am seriously thinking of getting one of these. I had a 'too public' experience at the weekend when we met up with my husband's cousin. We were in a cafe and it was a bit cramped, so I really couldn't get myself into a good position to be 'discreet' and ended up flashing my muffin top and jelly belly to all - there was a couple at a nearby table giving me filthy looks and muttering to each other :( I think the vest would at least give a bit of coverage under a baggy top.

Oh yes, the poo sounds familiar - just be happy you've got a girl, boys can cover quite an area with their little fountain of wee!!

For the past couple of days Hector has been having more awake time during the day, where he's truly delightful, gurgling to himself, chattering away to the yucca plant and enjoying playing, and my terrible singing (I have to make up the words because I never remember them). Maybe he will make a shift to longer sleeping sessions at night soon...it takes time I suppose.
14/08/2007 at 16:22
Oh dear. Just back from our six week check at the GP...rubbish. I felt like she was just going through the motions, simply ticking off a list of requirements, she seemed so uninterested. I'm glad I didn't have any real concerns because I don't know if I would have felt able to raise them with her :(

At the end I was thinking 'is this it?' and had to ask her if I was ok to begin exercising again. She said 'yes, you're fine' as if it was a daft question, so I said I thought you had to wait until your six week check and she said 'that's only if you've had a c-section'. She didn't examine me in any way, no BP, no internal or anything. Feel a bit deflated after that. Oh well.
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