About 6 weeks postpartum

Filed under: doctor,symptoms — by Lauren on November 29th, 2006 @ 3:10 pm

Yesterday I had my 6 weeks (actually 5 weeks, 5 days) postpartum checkup, and all is well.  My incision is healing nicely and should fade from a red to a skin colored scar in about a year.  All of my insides seem to be back to normal, though I still have to wait 2 more weeks until I can begin any kind of abdominal work out; by then the internal stitches should have fully dissolved.  My weight has actually dropped below my pre-pregnancy weight by about 3 lbs., though I certainly don’t have my pre-pregnancy body back – I’ve still got a poochy tummy and my hips are simply wider than they had been.  I can fit into most of my pants and skirts, many of my jeans being the main exception.  Some of my shirts fit, though many don’t because nursing keeps my breasts rather voluptuous.  I have a road map of stretch marks all over my stomach, and my skin there sort of resembles lacy Swiss cheese, but supposedly if I make an effort that can be fixed.  Overall, I’m pretty surprised about how quickly I’ve gotten back to near normal, since many of the books say that it can take a year to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight and to fit into your clothes again.  A message to all mothers-to-be:  Breastfeeding is the ultimate weight loss plan!

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