Things I Don’t Miss About Being Pregnant (a.k.a. talking about big bellies and peeing)
by Sharon Tjaden-Glass
I was sitting on the couch the other day, working on my laptop, and I pulled my legs up to the cushion and crossed them and thought…
Whoa… Been a while since I’ve been able to do that.
Six months postpartum and 28 pounds lighter–and just now starting to realize that I’m starting to really move past the physical limitations that pregnancy put on my whole body.
From the second trimester until now (October 2016-August 2017), I haven’t felt comfortable with/haven’t been able to…
- lie on my stomach (duh)
- lie on my back (heavy uterus on my spine)
- hunch forward (it cut off my air supply)
- sit with legs crossed (belly in the way)
- sit with legs closed (again, the belly)
- sit much, period (weight of belly would pull me forward)
- stand in place for a period of time (low back pain)
Now, think about your day. Think about how much time you spent in any of these positions.
Now, take that time away and replace it with either walking or lying on your side. Because that’s how I basically existed for most of Week 40 and 41.
I remember in that last trimester being horrified that my boobs were literally resting on my belly.
And worse, my belly was resting on my thighs.
From my neck to my knees, I just felt like pure belly.
I did not find this reassuring or comforting or magical or any other variation of positive.
I just felt e-nor-mous.
Now that I’m six months postpartum, I’m starting to regain a lot of my old physical self. I can do kickboxing for an hour and running for forty-five minutes. My legs and feet aren’t so swollen that I don’t recognize my legs.
And, hey, I can pee. Normally.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been about a whole year of altered peeing.
At first, it was frequent peeing because of hormones.
Then, it was frequent peeing because of more amniotic fluid.
Then, it was frequent peeing because, geesh, my bladder was completely smooshed under the weight of the baby.
And then, it was my organs moving back into their original places and my brain readjusting my expectations of how long I can go between peeing and then being amazed when, wow, I haven’t peed in two hours and I’m still okay! And, look at that!, I didn’t pee myself when I sneezed!
At six months postpartum, a woman’s body (particularly hormones) start returning to pre-pregnancy levels, making it much easier to shed the baby weight. I’ve started to really notice this in the last three weeks. While it took me 5 weeks to lose 1 pound when I was between three and four months postpartum, I’ve now started to drop about 1 pound every two weeks.
To which I say, ” ‘Bout time.”
17 pounds left to go.