Here it is, the big post baby body update I promised yesterday!

9 months ago I gave birth to my sweet baby Hunter.  9 months before that I became pregnant.  That’s an entire 18 months where lots of changes were going on in my body.

Here I am pretty much newly pregnant, at 10 weeks.

And in almost the same clothes now, at 9 months after having a baby.

Side by side comparison.

Notes

  • My hips are still a bit wider
  • Arms are looking much stronger
  • Weight is almost back to pre-pregnancy (4-6 lb above)
  • Lots of my pre-pregnancy jeans are still tight
  • My hair is much cuter!

I kept some goals in mind that I wanted to meet at 9 months post baby.  I figured it took 9 months for my body to grow and change, it should take about that long to get back to its pre-pregnancy state.

Weight goal: About 5lb over my pre-pregnancy weight.  <- – CHECK!

I’m hovering 4-6 pounds over where I was before becoming pregnant.  I figured with nursing I would need to keep a few more pounds on.

Fitness goal: Feeling stronger and fitter than before. <- – CHECK!

Yeah… very vague, I know.  I just wanted to make sure I was keeping up with my exercise, both for my body and my mind.  At the time Hunter was born I didn’t know I’d be teaching 10-ish classes a week.  With all that, it’s been no problem getting my exercise in.

How did I lose the weight?

They say nursing will do that for you.  Nope, it really didn’t for me.  I didn’t start seeing much of a change until about 5 months after.  I believe that coincided with more exercise and specifically, more strength training.

I am much stronger than I have ever been, and I definitely attribute that to teaching bodypump 4 times a week (Wondering what bodypump is? Check out the post on it!). Not only am I stronger (I can lift more weight), I have more muscle.  Just as I tell everyone, muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn sitting around and doing nothing.  That’s why strength training is so important!

I’m going to share my teaching schedule.  If it wasn’t for teaching, I’d be curious to see what my workout schedule would look like!  I am most definitely not telling you that you need to workout this much, this is just to share what I do.

Monday – bodypump and fitness yoga
Tuesday – strength + range of motion (SilverSneakers)
Wednesday –  cycle and bootcamp
Thursday – bodypump and sculpt + tone
Friday – bodypump
Saturday –  total body conditioning + bodypump
Sunday – R.E.S.T.

*I randomly throw in a short run… like 1-2 a month it seems.

** Also, I would not recommend doing so much strength training day after day.  It’s always a good idea to give your muscles a day of rest in between to recover.

Fitness is only half the challenge, food is where the real change comes from!

I feel like I eat all the time.  Exercise + nursing + my love for food leaves me huuuuuuuuungry.

I try to eat mostly good for me foods + something not so good for me each day.  A treat of some sort.  Some days there are more treats than others.

Here’s a look at what I might eat in a typical day:

Morning: coffee with milk 2x, custard oats with peanut butter

Pre-teaching: raisins

Post-teaching: chobani flavored yogurt + whole grain sprouted toast with avocado

** more raisins again if I’m teaching 2 classes that day

Mid day: lunch is typically left overs (enchiladas, burger (beef or black bean), big salad) or a tuna sandwich… something easy

Afternoon: this is where I get suuuuuuuper hungry, from about 2-4pm.  I’ll snack on string cheese, a banana, cereal, oatmeal, cookies… really whatever I can get into my mouth

During dinner prep: a glass of wine

Evening: dinner varies – the last few nights have been meatloaf with baked potatoes, salmon pasta salad with asparagus, cheese and bread… tonight we had beef tacos and asparagus.

Late night snacking??  Not much anymore.  When I’m giving Hunter a bath in the evening I’ve started brushing my teeth and flossing then too.  After that I’m good about not snacking!

+ Lots and lots of water all day long.

I’m really finding that when I listen to my body and eat what it wants, I feel satisfied.  Now that I think about it, I’m also not overly full even when I tend to eat everything in sight.  I like that.  I guess I naturally fell into intuitive eating.  I tend to get hungry about every 3 hours, and just make sure I get as close to balanced as I can with protein, carbs and fat.

Hooray for intuitive eating!

Miscellaneous

At 9 months Hunter is nursing 4-5 times a day (typically 5) with no nighttime feedings (I need to share that nighttime sleep update!).  I am surprised that my cycle hasn’t returned yet.  Nursing is definitely working as birth control for us.  I’m hoping as we continue to drop feeding over the next few months it returns so we can get into baby making again!  Yup, we want kiddos close in age.  I also feel good about getting pregnant again since I’m so close to my pre-pregnancy size too.

Lastly, I put together a side by side comparison of the change from 1, 3, 5 and 9 months.  It’s pretty cool seeing my progress like this.

Do you strength train?  Nursing mamas, when did your cycle return?  Would it be hard for you to resist these cookies in the afternoons too?

Heather

PS: I added a new page –>post baby body<– you can find all posts related to this topic there.

0 thoughts on “post baby body: 9 months”

  1. You look amazing! I am 8 months out and I’m still a lot over my pre-pregnancy weight and I think that nursing and my paragard IUD and moving haven’t helped with weight loss. I haven’t done enough strength training and after reading this I know I probably should start.

  2. WoW-you look terrific. I can’t believe the differences in the post baby photos. By the way, your cheese,brocolli and egg muffins are baking in my oven right now!

  3. I think you’re amazing for still breast feeding! Once I went back to work…the pumping was just too much and I had to give it up. But I was glad I made it 4 1/2 months. You look totally awesome. I agree- hips are never the same after a baby!

  4. You look amazing! And I agree with with another commenter, you did it the right way and definitely gave yourself a good time frame to work with. Whenever I have gone through weight loss, strength training was key. I’m due in early May and when I am able too, I’m looking forward to getting back into a regular strength routine 🙂

      1. You will always have a period after ovulating, unless you get pregnant. If you haven’t had a period post pregnancy, you either got pregnant the first time your body resumed ovulation or you haven’t ovulated, yet. 🙂

        However, not all bleeding is actually menstruation. If your body is unable to break the estrogen threshold required to ovulate after several attempts, it may release all the lining it’s been building in preparation to support a viable embryo and start over. This is known as anovulatory bleeding. So…just because your “periods” have returned doesn’t mean you’re ACTUALLY ovulating, yet.

        I think maybe what they meant is to be careful because it’s possible to ovulate while breast feeding and ovulation may occur on your body’s very first attempt, which means you might not have any anovulatory bleeding to warn you that your body is trying to resume its regular cycle. If you assume you’re safe to have unprotected sex simply because you haven’t had a period yet, you may find yourself pregnant as a result. 🙂

        Toni Weschler’s book, *Taking Charge of Your Fertility*, is really great at explaining the ovulation process. It teaches the fertility awareness method, which is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to know when you ovulate and when you’re fertile. Very helpful for trying to conceive, but also for trying to avoid pregnancy, naturally.

        Hope all of that made sense. Sorry to hyjack the thread. 🙂

  5. My period came back at 9 months despite still nursing 4x a day. I would agree that even before it came back I felt like I was ovulating. Nice work on the getting back into shape. I wish more people would take their time and build back up slowly. Despite weighing less than I did before baby not all of my old jeans seem to fit over my hips either. Small price to pay I guess!

  6. I love strength training and definitely see more tone, endurance, strength, etc. with it than I do with just cardio. I look forward to my strength training days way more than my run days but it also has improved my running greatly.

    I nursed for 12 months (I was down to twice a day by then) and my cycle didn’t come back until 1-2 months after that (so, at 13-14 months).

    Now that our son is 19 months we are thinking about #2… Good luck with extending your family!

  7. Wow, you look fantastic! I just had a baby 4 months ago, but he is my third baby. I found my weight came off a lot easier with my first two babies, but this one? ugh. It just WONT budge! This past week I have switched to a whole food/real food diet (no more junk food or cokes) and Im hoping it will help. I wanna look like that! haha

  8. I came across your blog through Pinterest and have enjoyed browsing through everything. I’m in the fitness/wellness industry as well and have a 5 month old baby boy. I feel that after going through an active pregnancy and getting back to a pre pregnancy state I am able to relate to clients that are mommies better now.
    Aloha, Vanessa

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