My back hurts! And my hair is falling out!


As I was editing my second book (which happens to be a pregnancy and post-pregnancy book in the first stages of editing) I realized I need to start sucking it in! I stand with Rylan in the Baby Bjorn...he's in that phase of loving to be cuddles and I love it too...anyhoo I stand with him as I type. It just so happens I am editing my core activation chapter. I need to do my pelvic floor, lower abdomen muscle work 24 hours a day. I kinda let it go after the c-section cause it was numb. So it's time to get back at it! And it makes my stomach look a whole lot skinnier. After a while it becomes habit again so my muscles are being used all day long like a girdle. If you want to see what I am talking about watch the first exercise I do on this vlog post It's the upside down hershey kiss exercise and everyone can do it all day long! Just have to work at making it a habit!!

The hammock picture resembles your pelvic floor, its the bottom of your core. It cannot function without your core muscles and your core cannot function without it. The hammock happens to get stretched just by being pregnant, so we gotta pull it back in!

It's already relieved any back pain I did have. I also do it when I am breastfeeding and it makes a world of difference so I don't have to use My Breast Friend! I give into to breastfeeding at night, so much easier than pumping when I am tired! And Rylan gets to lay in bed with me...I followed all the rules with Taylor and her co-sleeper, but this time I tend not to be sticking to the rules!

On that note, it's awful, but I am already ready to be done breastfeeding. It would make things a lot more convenient right now. I want Taylor to enjoy breakfast with mom without my having to pump or breastfeed. Talk about guilt. It reminds me of the speech I did at our hospital to new moms. It was 12 weeks after I had Taylor and every (I mean EVERY) mom was breastfeeding while I gave the speech. As I mentioned very non-chalantly in my speech that I had stopped breastfeeding I could feel the evil eyes staring at me!

P.S. I am excited some of this mop of a head, also called my hair, is coming out. I keep to much of it during pregnancy. Got my haircut last week and I think it was similar to my dog's shedding treatment!

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14 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to read your 2nd book!! It sounds like it's going to be awesome.

    I'm glad to hear you openly & honestly talk about breastfeeding. It's reassuring to know I'm not the only one who found it inconvenient at times. Maybe it's because I didn't have any easy time of it!

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  2. I've always wondered how Michelle Duggar makes it look so easy!!!!!!

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  3. For what it's worth, the breastfeeding does get A LOT easier... but I know you breastfed Taylor past this so you prob know that already (coming from myself who's still breastfeeding at 6 months). There were many times I wanted to stop but then thought about making all of those bottles, sterilizing, etc. etc. But it is so a personal choice. It's a lot of work being a mom as it is so you have to do what's right for you and not worry what other ppl think :)

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  4. Hey, did I ever tell you that they decided that my excruciating tailbone pain is from my pelvic floor. I finally got a steroid shot to help relax it all (in my tailbone region) and now I'm doing your ab video to help pull it all back into alignment.

    I guess it happens a lot in pregnancy.

    And, I don't get milk, but I have to give a plug to try and breastfeed a little longer... it totally sucks, I know -- but the antibodies are sure helpful!

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  5. Hey Lindsay, I'm having trouble with my core work! When I try to activate my transverse abs when standing and in crunches, I feel like I'm doing it wrong. Sometimes I feel like I'm using my hip flexors too much, or doing a mini-kegal and squeezing my butt instead of totally using my abs. Can you help? Thanks!! Dottie

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  6. Hi Lindsay, I just got both your bootcamp DVDs in the mail and so far I love them!

    I just wanted to say on the breastfeeding front, I'm sure you're sick to death of hearing people tell you to stick it out, but I wanted to add my $0.02 anyway...

    You mention you've been using a baby bjorn to carry Rylan, have you tried a moby wrap or something similar instead, with the babe facing in instead of out? With a bit of practice, you can actually breastfeed him while he's in the wrap, leaving you completely hands free to type, or tend to Taylor, or whatever you need. It took me a few weeks before I got it down, but when I did I was bouncing off the walls, I was so excited. I also found it was amazing for getting my boy to go to sleep... put him in the wrap, get the boob in his mouth, and 10 minutes later he'd be out like a light.

    Feel free to ignore, but I've found breastfeeding so convenient now that I've figured out all the tricks, I just want other mommies to know them too before they give up in frustration!

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  7. My hair usually falls out around 3 months after having my kids. I'm opposite of you, I liked having more hair :) Or at least not having to clean up as much in the shower.

    As for breastfeeding, I almost threw in the towel at 2 months with this one (Jane), she just wasn't having the breast, but would take a bottle, so I had to pump all the time. But she came around and is fine now. I try to go to a year, but with my other 2 I could only go up until my milk dried out (which was 9 months and 11 1/2 months). So we'll see how long I can go this time.

    And I totally know what you mean about it being inconvenient. If I didn't have my 4 1/2 year old to help do things I don't know what I would do!

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  8. Hey Lindsay,

    I had an entire comment typed and my computer crashed :(

    Anyway, just in reference to your breastfeeding (and I'm not implying anyone here said anything to make you feel guilty or anything)... but Nursing is a personal decision. I was fortunate enough to nurse for 1 year - however, I was had NOTHING else going on - just a stay home mom, I was not working etc.

    If you decide to stop now or soon, just know that you gave your son the BEST stuff at the most important time of his life and you're a great mom!!! Both of your kids are super lucky to have you!!

    I have a good friend who nursed her 1st for 6 months and then the 2nd she only went to about 4-5 weeks and stopped. It was not for her the 2nd time around and her family has not let her hear the end of it - her LO is about 6-7 months old, very healthy and very happy. It was the right decision for her and her family... so if you opt to stop now - you did a great job and Rylan will grow up happy and healthy!

    On another note - I TOTALLY get what you mean about having a normal breakfast with Taylor :) I've been thinking more and more about how much my son's life is about to change. It doesn't mean it's a bad change, but I really do enjoy my mommy/son time with him... and once the new baby is here - I need to keep things as "normal" or routine like as I can and slowly work in the changes (haha - not sure how slowly that'll happen).

    Anyway, big hugs to you! It's a tough decision but whatever you decide will be the right one for you and your family!!!

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  9. Love all the ideas, encouragement and support! I will have to try the sling-feeding this week. I think I'm on my last leg with breastfeeding so it's worth a try!

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  10. Dottie, glad you asked! You are recruiting stronger, bigger muscles to do your abs. 2 things to try:

    1) strecth hip flexors and quads before doing abs

    2) place your feet on a chair, with the crook of your knees relaxed on the chair. do your pelvic tilts and see if you squeeze your cheeks...you probably will at first (its so common) but then concentrate on just using the pelvic floor! it will take a while, but eventually you will be able to incorporate it into all ab execrises.

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  11. Hilary...I hope its helping, ouch!

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  12. Sling feeding are nice once you get the hang of positioning! Hang in there girl, it does get easier and easier! I breastfed my first for 10 months, my second for 6 months, my third for 10 months and my fourth for 12 months - at about 3 months it seems to get a lot easer - they go a lot longer between feeds! And if you decide to stop don't let anyone make you feel bad about - your baby, your body, your decision; shame on anyone who scrutinizes other mothers for their personal decisions!

    Also, I had a question on the core work. I am currently preggo with #5 (about 14 weeks) and was wondering if I can do the core excersizes while pregnant (to help my back and make it easier to get that flat tummy back afterward?). I am waiting on my second trimester MIF DVD and it should be here anyday (so excited!!!) Thanks a bunch!

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  13. Sling feeding are nice once you get the hang of positioning! Hang in there girl, it does get easier and easier! I breastfed my first for 10 months, my second for 6 months, my third for 10 months and my fourth for 12 months - at about 3 months it seems to get a lot easer - they go a lot longer between feeds! And if you decide to stop don't let anyone make you feel bad about - your baby, your body, your decision; shame on anyone who scrutinizes other mothers for their personal decisions!

    Also, I had a question on the core work. I am currently preggo with #5 (about 14 weeks) and was wondering if I can do the core excersizes while pregnant (to help my back and make it easier to get that flat tummy back afterward?). I am waiting on my second trimester MIF DVD and it should be here anyday (so excited!!!) Thanks a bunch!

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  14. Nicci, absoultely you can do core exercises! I recommend it, as long as your doc says its ok.

    Congrats on #5!!!!

    The 2nd trimester dvd will take you through exercises safe for this stage in the game. Make sure you don't do exercises on your back and there are a few don'ts if you have diastasis recti....

    Check out www.momsintofitness.com and click on diastasis recti under FAQ to see if you have DR during pregnancy.

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