First, we had a baby wardrobe change and hubby and I said hello to this content little cutie!
Santiago and I made a whole day out of the event and decided to head to the mall for some nursing attire ('cause smelling like sour-ish milk 24/7 isn't my cup of tea!) and maybe tackle Whole Foods before we head over to grandma's job (she's my side kick for all of these appointments) and greet the co-workers that I love and miss to bits. I packed loads of snacks in the form of fruits and carrots, as well as a coconut oat bar from the freezer, and my little sprout and I left for a grand adventure (after eating like 5 gallons of milk on his part, of course)!
The mall and visit hour at work were fun & successful! Santi ate a few more times then we headed to see our favorite midwives. Grandma turned instant body-building rock star that carried a 13 pound baby and the ca-raaazzy heavy car seat across a 4 mile trek (okay, maybe I'm exaggerating....) and we waited for our turn with one of the midwives, Amanda.
Then came a discussion on what we were going to do with regards birth control and "how are you feeling?" ~ Followed by the ever-so-wonderful physical exam! Oh, man. I did a quick drawing to put it all together, so that I can avoid going on for hours about what my body is lookin' like inside & out now that I've carried and birthed an 8 pound child. In a nutshell, this is what my abs look like now:
Which means I have to do ab movements with a towel wrapped around me and pulled tight to bring the muscles back together (I already found awesome videos on more "diastasis recti" curing moves!) Yes, friends. I have a case of diastasis recti, which Wikipedia tells me is this:
Diastasis of this muscle occurs principally in two populations: newborns and pregnant women.
- In the newborn, the rectus abdominis is not fully developed and may not be sealed together at midline. Diastasis recti is more common in premature and African American newborns.
- In pregnant or postpartum women, the defect is caused by the stretching of the rectus abdominis by the growing uterus. It is more common in multiparous women due to repeated episodes of stretching. When the defect occurs during pregnancy, the uterus can sometimes be seen bulging through the abdominal wall beneath the skin.
Doesn't it sound like fun?!
I was also given the news that no jumping, jogging or running should go down for a while (boo!) because I have been having a little bit of "oh snap I gotta go to the bathroom!!!! NOW!" moments which automatically told midwife that my bladder is now in an awkward, unnatural place... and after the exam it was all confirmed. I have a weak pelvic floor, and jumping would only cause my bladder to fall on the floor (or something). So, friends... this is my new pelvic floor:
So I'm going to simply continue to go for walks, enjoy Google's endless supply of videos on how to strengthen my pelvic floor and repair my awkward abdominal muscles, and eat lots of plants. I am also excited about tackling squats and light weights since they don't effect my bladder or ab region, which I tried a bit of while Santi was playing today - woohoo! Exercise while baby is stimulated by lights and singing toys? Score!
Cauliflower crust pizza with veggies sauteed in nutritonal yeast for an oozing cheese sauce, with tomorrow's dish of balsamic tofu and sweet potatoes (recipe here) and raw pumpkin pie made with coconut milk and chia (recipe here! and my addiction to putting fruit in jars. Happy Wednesday!