Ok, so I am quite content with my new body shape, wider hips, slight belly pooch and all. There are other postpartum changes, though, that I’m really not ok with.
1. Hair. My pregnancy hair was a-freaking-mazing. Now it is falling out like crazy, dry as straw and so lackluster. And it needs cut. My postpartum hair loss did not start till three months and is showing no sign of abating. Someone make me feel better with positive stories… please!
2. Zits. I have acne for the first time in a long while (IVF induced acne aside). These are painful, cystic under the skin pimples that make you wince when you accidentally bump one. On today’s list of things to do is a run to Target to hunt down some inexpensive acne wash (I am hoping Simple has an acne line because I love their other products).
3. Diastasis Recti. Nope, I don’t hate this because of the little tummy pooch it gives me. I hate it because of how it is killing my core strength and making my yoga practice into something quite laughable. I am also having some back discomfort that I attribute to poor posture from a weak core. I am starting a core rebuilding program next week in hopes of correcting the separation and rebuilding my core strength so I can feel more myself.
4. Dry itchy skin. While my face might be filled with zits, the rest of me is DRY and no amount of coconut oil seems to be resolving it.
5. Gum disease. Pregnancy left my mouth a mess and in a week or two I will be going in for some major gum work. I am SO not thrilled about this.
6. Sex drive? Hello? Where the hell are you? Enough said.
7. Hand pain. Ugh, the hand and thumb pain I am experiencing is horrifying. Part of me fears the autoimmune monster flaring up. The educated part of me knows it is from picking up and holding my child all. the. freaking. time. I am ready for this little girl to be able to sit on her own and maybe, just maybe, not need held 24-7. In the meantime, I think I need to get thyself to a hand specialist to make sure I am not doing permanent damage. I wake up at night in excruciating pain and have started dipping into the 600 mg ibuprofen that I was given post c-section. Not good.
Despite the normal pregnancy discomforts I felt fantastic while pregnant. I think this is because for the first time in my life my PCOS wrecked hormones were doing what they were supposed to. I am so scared of what I will turn into as the pregnancy hormone high continues to subside. I am giving myself till the new year and then going back to a PCOS friendly diet (reduced carbs and maybe gluten free) to see if that improves things. Otherwise, I’m open to suggestions. Fellow PCOS ladies, what did you do to help your body rebalance properly after pregnancy and maybe… gasp… ovulate (this is a post for a later date…)