Part 2 – Giving birth and nursing
In the first part of the article series I was talking about my feelings during pregnancy, how did I do sports and what was my diet. Now this part will give you and inside and some facts and regarding the delivery and post-delivery period.
- I was in labor for 6,5 hours with my first, 3 hours with my second and 1,5 with my third.
- I had episiotomy with my first child – regeneration was a bit more time demanding.
- For the second and third time, there was no need for it.
- My third child just popped out.
- I think my body was working just fine all three times, all the way through it all.
I had natural childbirth all three times, ith no epidural
- I gave birth in a hospital
- I did not use any alternative tools, I trusted my doctor
- After my first pregnancy, I waited 3 weeks before my first workout sessions – mainly because of the episiotomy. Basically it was just too uncomfortable to do anything.
- I waited 2 weeks after the second one.
- And after the third one, I was already doing abdominal exercise at the hospital, and 6 days after I was doing 4 km. jogging sessions.
- I put my postpartum tummy support underwear on as soon as I was back in my room after giving birth. I bought two pairs, so I could play around with the tightness, but as soon as I could, I put the most tight one on.
I think the abdominal exercise is critical at this point.
- I was wearing the postpartum tummy support knickers for approx. 2-3 weeks. I took it off for running sessions, but I was wearing it at my home gym sessions! However it was on day and night!
- I had breast-milk immediately after giving birth for all three children.
- I had no problems whatsoever.
- I gave them only breast-milk for 6 months.
- I didn’t have breast inflammation.
- After each feeding session, I milked – I got myself a relatively expensive traveling high performance milking-machine by Medela, which could have been used for twin birth as well, as it had a double suction device.
A professional breast feeding machine was the best investment of that time.
- Thanks to my systematic milking sessions (that is after each feeding, yes at night too), I used up 150 pieces of, 150 ml. milk satchels for my first, 250 pieces for my second and 350 pieces for my third child. Thus, I had a fantastic feeling of freedom and security as to the fact of being able to feed my child. I had milk also when I was ill, for example. I went away, but I had milk in the freezer. I did milking also during my trips, I froze it (there was a mini freezing bag included with the machine, however sometimes I brought a bigger one, with artificial ice), and I took it home. So, basically, I took care of each drop of mothers-milk. This gave me the greatest feeling of freedom and security. I think this was the price I had to pay for my peace of mind. It was well worth it, and I can recommend it to all of you! It was indeed tiring to do a 30 min. milking session after each feeding session, specially at night, however it is worth doing it.
- With my third child, I was doing industrial milking. I was feeding from both breasts, but I did milking from both of them after feeding as well, and thanks to the twin installation, I could do both breasts at the same time. This required another 20-25 minutes after each feeding session. Therefore each feeding session was approx. 40-45 minutes.
- I was feeding every 4 hours, later less each time, and all my children had a natural weaning period. I think this kind of regularity worked out for me.
- I was running a lot, and I didn’t notice that it would have affected the taste of my milk. But it can also be for the fact, that since I was doing sports from the very beginning, they got used to the taste, possibly changed, by me doing it from the beginning. Thus there was no change for them.
- I never tasted my own milk.
During breast feeding, I lost the leftover 4-5 kg. After 3 months, I was back to my competing weight, achieved before pregnancy.
- I didn’t eat for 2 people. I didn’t eat more or less, and in any different way.
- I did drink milk stimulating teas, but I think it is only placebo. After all, it didn’t hurt to drink it, it added to my rehydration – I do remember drinking a lot.
So, this is a short summary of my intense 5 years of motherhood. I believed in myself, in my children, but first of all, I believed in nature and human instinct. With my first child, they told me I was lucky, by the third, they were asking me how I did it. By the way, I was the same with putting my babies to bed, and it worked. I have an important advice to all women instead of calorie counting, stress relieving baby music, raspberry tea, and other clever practices:
Don’t do anything differently, only if it is physically challenging! Trust in your body!
(Let us not mix it with mental blocks though!) Trust in your body – pregnancy, nursing and childbirth, are all seriously physically challenging, but let us not underestimate our body. We don’t need to be over protective of it, we only need to listen to it!
Then only shall we have time for harmony of mind and soul, this is what most fashionable mummy and baby blogs are about these days anyway.