20 months after baby...a few thoughts

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Just a few thoughts about postpartum life (20 months later) and things I've been learning in my journey through mommyhood.

  • In 2004 I was diagnosed with melanoma.  I have gone to the dermatologist religiously since I was 7 years old.  I had moles removed so many times I can't even count.  I had pre-cancerous moles and then when I was 23 I had a melanoma, stage 1, luckily.  This has dramatically changed my life and my thinking. I have seen my dermatologist every 6 months since then for a full body check where she checks and measures every mole on my body and that's a lot.  But what you may not realize is that when you are pregnant and/or nursing your body is producing so much estrogen and that causes crazy things to happen in your body, one of which is that you are more susceptible to getting more and your current ones growing and changing.  When I was 9 months pregnant she added about 15 to my list.  I just had my latest appointment and everything was fine, but if you have moles or any sort of skin condition I would definitely recommend making an appointment to check everything out.  Better safe, than sorry.  

  • A little less serious, but true to say the least.  You will never have total pee control again!  There have been countless  a few times that I've been laughing so hard that I had to change my underwear a little pee comes out!  You feel totally ridiculous, but it's true!  

  • I know this isn't true for everyone, but for me since having a baby I have lost a lot of weight. I'm currently about 18 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight.  I think this has to do with the fact that my son is very high maintenance and from day 1 I haven't sat down.  I've been up and bouncing him or running after him, or carrying him around Costco.  I reached my all time low weight over Christmas when Carter was sick and so high maintenance.  I'm really trying to eat more and enjoying the fact that I can eat pizza and Five Guys burgers and still maintain my lower weight, for the time being, at least!    I'm also sure that if/when I have another baby I'll probably keep 10 pounds of that baby weight!  (Because I've been assured that if I have another baby he/she will be so easy compared to my sweet Carter!)  
This post has many more detailed changes I experienced in the months after Carter's birth.

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