Intermittent fasting and my 9 months postpartum body update

After filming my 6 months postpartum update where I talked about my diet and exercise routine, I received a lot of questions about Intermittent Fasting, or interval fasting as it is called in Germany.

 

Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting

 

Some of the questions were repetitive, so I decided to go into more depth with this video, covering the scientific background, different options of how to do it and the beneficial effects it has on your health, even if you don´t need to loose any weight.

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My diet and exercise routine – 6 months postpartum update

I promised I´d wear a bikini for our France holiday, and I did. 6 months after having my son, and not completely satisfied yet, but proud of the progress I have made.

In this video I share with you my diet and exercise routine, or at least what I did before I completely fell off the bandwagon while moving.

For comparison see me 3 months update here.

 

Please watch in HD and on YouTube for the ultimate viewing pleasure.

Oh, and a little disclaimer: Wear a bikini whenever you feel like it, no matter how much you weigh or if you exercise.

 

More info on Intermittent Fasting (I do the weekly version, there are different options explained)

Bikini Body Mommy Challenge 5.0

 

What do you do to stay in shape?

 

This is not a sponsored post.

 


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Weight loss and body changes after pregnancy

There were many things I wanted to know when I got pregnant.

I wanted to know if I would be a good mom.

I wanted to know how my life was going to change.

I wanted to know what labor would feel like.

And, superficial woman that I am, I wanted to know how my body would change and how (and if) I would ever get back to my pre-baby body.

Bounce back, as it is called these days.

 

Weight loss and body changes after pregnancy - my 3 month postpartum update

 

Now, two pregnancies later, it is the question that always comes up when we are talking baby stuff. The one thing every woman who is planning on having babies wants to know.

So I sat down and talked you through weight loss and body changes after pregnancy.

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My labor and delivery story

No breaking news: I had a baby in early March. And you are probably tired of me banging on about it.

But many of you asked for more background information, so I figured I would film a little video, taking you with me on the journey to the hospital and into the delivery room.

 

My labor and delivery story

 

Well, not really into, just narratively into, because

a) I don’t think anyone would want to see the bloody details and

b) I had many other things on my mind that did not include picking up a camera.

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What´s in my hospital bag – the second time around

Now I am aware that it is time for my „Favorite Face of…“ series aka my monthly makeup favorites, but with a newborn around, the war paint I am going to wear (if any) will neither be interesting nor adventurous, so I decided to film a „What´s in my hospital bag“ video for you instead.

Take a trolley. You really don't want to carry anything when in labor!
Take a trolley. You really don’t want to carry anything when in labor!

 

It is a long one, so if baby stuff isn’t your thing, you are probably better off just not watching it, and if you are pressed for time, there will be a list of the things I deemed necessary right at the bottom of this blog post.

 

But for everyone looking for some tips on what to bring: Grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

 

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Time saviors – Surviving as a new mom

The one thing I remember from being a new mom last time is the strange way your days feel.

On the one hand, they seem endless. Constant feeding, sleeping for short periods of time only and the frequent need to nappy change make your days feel like they never end. Maybe because they never end. There is no bedtime, no end-of work, no weekend. It is just the same stuff over and over again.

 

Time saviors - Surviving as a new mom
Time saviors – Surviving as a new mom

 

On the other hand, there just isn’t enough time. Even though you wake up at 5 am and don’t lay down until late, you never seem to get anything done. Except feeding and nappy changing, of course. But in the blink of an eye, the day is gone and you are still wearing yesterdays PJs and haven’t showered.

Now if you ask me, it is non negotiable to get showered immediately and change into a new set of clothes in the morning to feel remotely human throughout these first few weeks, and with the loving support of your family you will accomplish that task, but what about the other stuff?

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Body image after giving birth

Now that you are reading this, Peanut will most likely have arrived and I will be completely caught up in the wants and needs of this tiny human being.

And while the first weeks (months?) after welcoming a new member of the family are usually spend in a fog caused by hormones, sleep deprivation and utter exhaustion, I know that I will someday emerge, look into a mirror and try my very best not to hate what I see.

 

Both are nursing bras... but they do have quite a different vibe to them, don't you think?
Both are nursing bras… but they do have quite a different vibe to them, don’t you think?

 

This post, of course, needs a disclaimer. I am fully aware of the wonder that growing a human being is, of the amazing things my body has done and that being healthy both myself and my child is the only thing that really matters.

But even if I tell myself that 100 times, and yes, I know it is superficial: I wished I´d look different than I do now anyway.

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Necessary changes and my 39 weeks bump update

I may have mentioned it a few times before: I am quite a perfectionist. I can´t do things in a relaxed, easy way, and I struggle with giving myself a break.

And as much as I tell myself that blogging is a hobby and should be treated as such, the last weeks have seen me at my desk pretty much 9 to 5, writing, scheduling and ticking off to do lists.

 

Ostsee im Winter (9 von 9)
Unsure about the things to come…

 

Just like a full-time job. Only without the salary.

It all worked out very well. I have a lot of content prescheduled, some videos prerecorded and am pretty much set until May.

But with Peanut due in early March, the question will be how I continue then.

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Stretch mark prevention and my 33 weeks bump update

I hate to be the one to break the horrible news to you, but there is no scientifically proven, fool-proof way to prevent stretch marks on a pregnant body.

The main reason for this is the fact that stretch marks are lacerations deep down in the connective tissue of the skin caused by the necessary expansion, in an area no cream or oil is able to penetrate.

Stretch mark prevention
Stretch mark prevention

But don’t loose hope. There still are some things you can do to decrease the risk a little.

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Driving home for Christmas and my 28 weeks bump update

I am writing this sitting at my parents house, back against the mantle of the fireplace, my laptop on the table that used to hold my latin books and my tea pot. My daughter is laughing while she plays with her grandparents in the next room and my sisters are about to arrive any time.

I must have spend countless hours here...
I must have spend countless hours here…

Christmas has always been the time of year where we all meet back here, joined by aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends on the 25th or 26th. And while it has been that way ever since I moved out at the age of 19, family has become even more important to me once I had my daughter.

But even if I could ramble on and on about family and get all emotional (it is almost Christmas after all), this is not going to be a soppy post.

I have some big news to share with you guys, and they needed that little introduction.

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