I know it’s been a long time since I posted, but I feel now I’m ready to share the results of my postpartum recovery. I am 7 weeks postpartum and have noticed a huge difference between this post-pregnancy recovery and my last one. Keep in mind that I am 5 years older, but I am in much better shape now than at the same point after my first pregnancy.
First of all, my delivery was easier than the first time. Often second deliveries are easier and I had a better support team, so I can’t completely attribute the difference to my activity during pregnancy. However, in the first week postpartum I lost 20 of the 30 pounds I gained and was measured by the”Bod Pod” at 21% body fat. I climbed 5.12a at 6 weeks, 5.12b at 7 weeks. After my first pregnancy I didn’t climb 5.12a until 3 months postpartum. At 6 weeks postpartum, I couldn’t do all the moves on a 5.11b!
As you can see, I’ve got a little muscle definition now. I did not have the same definition 3 months after my first pregnancy. I am starting to fit into some of my pants and again, that took 3 months last time around. I acknowledge the fact that not all women can remain as active as I did during pregnancy, but I encourage women to stay as active as possible. It really can make a huge difference.
Now that pregnancy is over, we embark on our adventures as a family of four. We started taking the baby out climbing at 3 weeks old and we are currently on her first climbing trip in Red Rocks. She seems to really enjoy being outside and takes great naps at the crag. At the moment our “must have” baby gear includes the Pea Pod tent for naps and diaper changes and the Phil and Ted carrier to get little H to the crag. As you can see in the picture, our older daughter is now climbing! She passes the day socializing with climbers and at the end of the day we usually put a 5.7 or 5.8 up for her. Now she is learning to “clean” quickdraws (remove them from the bolts), which is an important skill when toproping. It’s really fun to see the improvement in her climbing from one day to the next.