5 Postpartum Nuggets

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even though this was my 3rd time giving birth, i left the hospital with a few share-worthy gems from the amazing, seasoned L & D nurses who assisted us during our stay.  WHAT a job.  i am impressed and inspired by the L & D nurses every single time i see them in action!  i can imagine that there is no typical day in their world; every shift brings a new adventure. 

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as i sat up in bed to prepare to receive my epidural, i felt another contraction coming on.  i distinctly remember my nurse instructing me to just hold her hands and breathe until it passed.  well i squeezed the crap out of her hands!!!  it was the last contraction i remember enduring before the meds kicked in and i appreciated her so much for sacrificingherbody helping me through it.  whether you are a 1st time mom or pro, i hope these nuggets of info help you out too:

the more the..not so merrier :(

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the more kids you have, the more intense your uterine contractions will be while nursing. HELLO!  oh my word.  i knew to expect them as i nursed Kosi in our postpartum hospital room but whoa.  hearing one of my nurses say this confirmed that i was notcrazy.  after about a week or so, thankfully the contractions went away completely though. 

but first,

we know that as baby sucks away (especially in the first 2-3 weeks after giving birth), it aids your uterus in returning back to its normal size and position. however, if you have a full bladder before baby starts going to town, it could cause your uterus to shift and unnaturally settle to the right or left of its original position as it contracts (because your bladder is obstructing its path).  this could potentially be a problem if you plan to have more children (e.g. tilted uterus).

fiber up

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most likely you are given stool softeners during your stay at the hospital post-birth. it is extremely important to keep that going once you get home. extremely.  chug plenty of water as hydration helps to keep things moving along too. upping the fiber in your diet while in the hospital (have/add in some dark, leafy greens with every meal) and once home is crucial to keeping your digestive system running as smooth as possible as your body heals. the less processed your diet, the better.  prunes are one of my go-to natural laxatives (thx, Dad!) and a handful of them per day is golden.  although i did not tear 'down there' this round, i did have some pretty disrespectful hemorrhoids.  #whatisTMI

ouch! #thatstings

when you get back home and take that first amazing, uplifting, incredible shower (they really do make you feel THAT good), don't forget to use scent-free, alcohol-free body wash.  keep that going until you heal completely.  i cracked open one of the Johnson & Johnson baby shower gel's Kosi received for a shower gift; it was perfect and didn't irritate my lady parts.  very important! if you did tear or received stitches, a soothing sitz bath helps you heal and keeps things from getting stiff down there.

one less thing to worry about

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HAIR.  so as most of you know my hair is 100% natural now and i'm loving the versatility that comes with it!  this is the healthiest my hair has ever been and i have not one regret about my decision to finally let go of the creamy crack.  micro braids are normally my protective style of choice, but i'm loving faux locs and i'm rocking them for a second time thanks to my girl, Ogechi!  i cannot stress enough the convenience a cute, protective style is for the 3rd tri and postpartum stages.  focus on everything else; surviving those last uncomfy weeks or months of pregnancy, your new babe once he/she arrives, and should you have a visitor or three at the hospital or home, you'll be (somewhat lol) picture ready already! now all i need to do is just get some microblading done and i'll really be set, haha

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34 Week Checkup

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20161019_121127-01i had every intention to get dolled up for today's appointment buuuut i ended up following Dego's lead.  we just want to be comfy.  lol.  we did wear pants though.  seriously, i plan to put more effort into my appearance these last few visits cause it makes me feel darn good when i take the time to do so.  i don't shy away from posting on social when i look a hot mess either though...i'm not ashamed of my reality on the other 5-6 days of the week.  i use the #RealityIG hashtag often cause perfection is not inspiring to me, authenticity is!20161019_124904-01 it's weekly appointment visits from here on out yall.  already!  (i say already like the time has been flying by this trimester, ha).   now is also around the time i get the, "your baby is gonna be so tiny!!" comments the most.  brang'em on!  i know most women mean well (although some directly imply that something is very wrong with me or baby :- | ) , so i always give them the benefit of the doubt.  i'm measuring 35 cms for week 34 according to my OB so all is well, praise be to God.  sometimes people either forget or can't tell from my pics that i'm 5' 10'', but height is only one of the maaaany factors that contribute to bump size. that's a whole nother blog post tho!  the night before my appointment i could totally feel something happening and i got super uncomfy again right before bed... this baby has flipped into a horizontal position again.  the nerve!! we've still got time to get it together though.  my last ultrasound happens on my next visit; can't wait. 

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Dego and i were pleasantly surprised during my visit; my Instagram Husband walked right through the door, smiling!   so naturally i put him to work, duuuuuh. img_20161019_140953now i'm gonna go do all the stuff i told my OB i haven't done yet when she asked. you know, re-registering for the hospital, packing my overnight bag, taking maternity pics, dusting off the newborn car seat, naming the baby, etc. mhmm. k. bye. 

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*YouTube Vid Inside* 31 week Bumpdate

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holy guacamole. do we really have less than 9 weeks before meeting baby Egwuatu #3!?

#HOW 

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after the 1st tri time sped up and hasn't stopped since.  i am scrambling trying to make sure i finish a couple of projects i'm working on, get my maternity shoots scheduled and done and keeping up with this blog, *taps mic* hello!!! #Ooowee

anyway, check out my 31 week YouTube bumpdate that i filmed this morning after i taught my HIIT class:

  • pregnancy pap smear experience
  • an abnormal test result
  • 3D ultrasound fun
  • baby name possibilities

all under 10 min! press play ;)

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Staycaytion Workout + Coping With Your Changing Pregnancy Body

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if only we all felt this way about cardio, hahaha! 20160806_171724Chiso had WAY too much fun and was in his own little world on that thing.  it's all good cause i was actually able to focus get a fantastic, #staycaytion workout in while the other 2 bears (Sonny & Dego) snoozed, so win-win. about that workout, here it is, Preggos:

 

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i did 12-15 reps for each exercise, 3 times through. my clients know i looooove me some circuit style training! 

  • weighted plié squats (used: 50 lb kettle bell) 

  • bicep curls w/ twist @ top

  • deadlifts (narrow & wide stance)

  • lunges with high row (ea. leg)

  • walking lunges 

  • walking side squats

  • stationary lunges (hate these!!!! i did them cause i never do them #TheBurnIsReal but then i wonder why this baby is eating up what little booty i even had, lol)

  • narrow to wide jump squats (intense plyometric move; modify if needed)

Chiso has been playing Just Dance 2015, 2016, & 2017 all summer long and i am now a lover of Teacher by Nick Jonas (background music). 


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along with your pregnancy body, your mind must change and grow too. pre-pregnancy, we track changes weekly and applaud our progress toward a specific goal weight or body fat percentage. however, while preggo, even after the greatest of workouts, we check the mirror and are still going/growing in "reverse"! that can be difficult to watch and experience, especially the 1st go round. ultimately we are only pregnant for a split second... it's only temporary.  i have those, "omg. i will NE-VER get back to where i used to be." moments and days...of course! but DO NOT believe those ran(dumb), hormonal, negative thoughts cause they just aren't true. YOU are entirely up to change YOU-- when the time is right. Lord willing you have plenty of time to get 'in shape' and even compete in shows etc., if that's your thing. sure, i think about competing again all the time...the competitor friends on my timeline keep my desire alive and burning, daily. buuut, that's just not where my focus is right now. if you don't bring your mind along with you on this journey it will be a 10 month uphill battle. believe that, mamas. accept, honor, and be amazed by just what the heck your body is doing right now!!!  ENJOY these moments and put your very best foot forward at being as healthy as you can for you and baby. dont shy away from taking pictures either like i did for my 1st pregnancy  (in 2011, no IG yet anyway😆) but embrace this process wholeheartedly and trust that there is always something positive to be taken away from and learned from it. my fertility issues keep me focused and grounded; complaining and worrying about every little temporary, physical change is a waste of energy and time (and a slap in God's face IMO.) crossing that finish line (no matter how you get there) to meet and hold a beautiful baby in your arms is worth every second of this temporary journey❤.  just a needed reminder!

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