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13 Postpartum Body Changes – Three Month Update 150 150 Angela Lanter

13 Postpartum Body Changes – Three Month Update

three month postpartum update angela lanter hello gorgeous

three month postpartum update angela lanter hello gorgeous

three month postpartum update angela lanter hello gorgeous

three month postpartum update angela lanter hello gorgeous

three month postpartum update angela lanter hello gorgeous

three month postpartum update angela lanter hello gorgeous

three month postpartum update angela lanter hello gorgeous

three month postpartum update angela lanter hello gorgeous

Dress: Matron Saint [c/o]  |  Heels: Sam Edelman [c/o]  |  Earrings: Baublebar [c/o]  |  Handbag: Gucci

I shot these photos for a New Years Eve look, but never got around to posting them because little lady made her big debut before NYE even rolled around!  If you’re looking for a date night look, this fitted black dress, statement earrings and sparkly shoe combo is a winner, pregnant or not.

As I look back through my pregnancy photos, it’s incredible to see what my body went through.  God created us women to be walking miracles and I’m so proud to be a woman.

If you listen to our podcast, Hello Baby, we chat a lot about life with baby, but I wanted to dedicate today’s blog post to me, after baby.  I want to highlight my body changes and how I’ve been feeling.  So, as usual, I’m keeping it real for y’all…  You know how I roll, lol!  A lot of what my body has gone through after baby has been a surprise to me.  After going through this process with several girlfriends at the same time, I realized that each mama had her own series of symptoms she experienced.  We women truly are unique in every aspect of life.  So if you’re expecting your first little one, just know that you may or may not experience all of these body changes below.


13 Postpartum Body Changes – My Three Month Update

  1. Hair loss:  I haven’t noticed the dreaded three month hair loss yet…  I have been taking as many precautions as possible to prevent it including vitamins, hair products and even washing my hair less often than normal.
  2. Eyelash Loss:  This came as a surprise to me.  My lashes look pretty darn pathetic, which is why I started getting lash extensions recently.  It’s not recommended to use lash growth serums while pregnant or nursing, so extensions it is!
  3. Weight Loss:  I gained a total of 34 lbs. during my pregnancy and now have about 8 lbs. left to lose.  I’ve heard that you hold onto 5-10 lbs. while breastfeeding and those final pounds come off once you stop nursing.  Chime in below with your postpartum weight loss experiences.
  4. Skin:  My skin looks the best that it’s looked since I was on birth control.  I’ve had virtually no pimples and only a single blackhead here or there.  The one thing I have developed postpartum was a nifty form of dermatitis, which has pretty much cleared up with some nursing-friendly topical treatments prescribed by my dermatologist.
  5. Moles:  I’m one moley girl and pregnancy only added to that problem for me.  Some of the moles I already had stretched and stayed that way but the worst part was all of the new moles I developed.  The new moles are primarily skin tags which (thankfully) are easy to have removed.
  6. Nails:  Probably a result of the post-natal vitamins and surging hormones, but my nails are growing much faster than usual.
  7. Night SweatsNo one, not a single woman in my life, prepared me for the night sweats that occurred immediately after birth.  It took weeks before the sweats finally stopped, but they helped remove a lot of the water I was retaining throughout my pregnancy.
  8. Digestive:  The pregnancy gas disappeared after birth, but along came a new problem to fear: constipation.  I was given medication as soon as I was able to have fluids in the hospital to prevent constipation and I’m so thankful I obeyed those instructions.  I’ve found that most foods containing fiber are the foods that cause gas in babies, so constipation continues to be a concern even three months in.  I combat that by continuing to take Natural Calm at bedtime.
  9. Vagina:  Being the naive first-timer that I am, I assumed that I wouldn’t have the postpartum bleeding since I had a c-section… Wrong!  You have a 6 week-long period whether you deliver vaginally or via cesarean.  So, yes, you do need a boatload of maxi pads (no tampons allowed) and the handy-dandy squirt bottle for each and every bathroom trip you make.
  10. Boobs:  We have an entire podcast episode dedicated to my breastfeeding journey coming soon, that’s how much I have to talk about on this topic.  I’ve experience bleeding nipples, engorgement, cluster feedings and so much more.  My boobs now dictate my day…  When they’re too full, they hurt really bad and either I need to nurse or pump.  Breastfeeding is hard.  It’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve done, but it’s hard.  Still, I love doing it.  I love knowing that I’m able to provide my baby with everything that her little body needs.
  11. Sleep:  Ah what I’d give for a full night of uninterrupted sleep.  MacKenlee is sleeping like a champ, it’s me that’s the problem.  I have to pump late at night or my full breasts wake me up.  Then I wake up multiple times throughout the night to check on baby girl and make sure she’s ok.  I keep hoping that one day soon I’ll be able to sleep peacefully.
  12. Pain:  Unfortunately, I have nerve damage from the spinal block that I still haven’t recovered from.  I now suffer from low back numbness and right leg pain daily.  This is highly unusual, so of course it would happen to me, lol.  I’m getting regular deep tissue massages and chiropractor care in hopes of a full recovery.
  13. Emotions:  I could (and maybe should) write a book about the emotional roller coaster you take a ride on after birth.  I stupidly thought I was above the postpartum blues…  Wrong again, Ang.  I cried for no reason the day I came home from the hospital.  Scratch that, I sobbed for no reason.  I sat on my swing with a two week old baby while my husband slept after working all night long and cried from loneliness.  I teared up every time I remembered that I no longer had my sweet baby in my belly.  I looked at my newborn baby and felt so out of my mind with worry that I didn’t have any idea what I was doing…  In hindsight, all of the crazy emotions I encountered these past three months were way less dramatic than I felt the were at the time I was living them.  Everything is heightened when your hormones are raging.  I felt like my emotions finally leveled off at about the 6 week mark, and I started to emotionally resemble myself again.

Leave your postpartum symptoms and stories below so I know I’m not alone in all of this!

Photography by Kara Coleen.

11 Body Changes During Pregnancy | Girl Talk Tuesday 150 150 Angela Lanter

11 Body Changes During Pregnancy | Girl Talk Tuesday

Body Changes During Pregnancy | Girl Talk Tuesday angela lanter hello gorgeous

Body Changes During Pregnancy | Girl Talk Tuesday angela lanter hello gorgeous

Body Changes During Pregnancy | Girl Talk Tuesday angela lanter hello gorgeous

11 Body Changes During Pregnancy | Girl Talk Tuesday angela lanter hello gorgeous

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Dress: H&M ($15! Non-maternity)  ||  Baby TopMudPie

As women, we see bodily changes our whole lives.  We see our first major change during being puberty and then the opposite at menopause…  But what about pregnancy?  Obviously we grow this tiny human inside of us, but what about all of the other crazy bodily changes we experience during that time?

Leave it to Miss tell-it-like-it-really-is over here to shed some light on the subject.  If you’ve been listening to our podcast, Hello Bump, then you already know way too much about my body.  You probably feel like we’re close, personal friends because of all you know about me at this point, lol!

I’ve really missed my Girl Talk Tuesday series and have been wanting to pick it back up for a while.  I hopped on Instagram Stories today and asked if I should bring GTT back and 90% of you were a yes…  So, here we go!  I thought today’s topic would be a great way to fire it up again.  Whether you already have babies, are currently expecting or want to have one someday, this post will have something that you can probably relate to.

The Truth About Your Body Changes During Pregnancy:

  1. Skin stretches, big time.  Us girls are basically Stretch Armstrong.  It’s amazing what our bodies can do.  Our skin stretches beyond anything you think possible and it really doesn’t get enough credit for the hard work it’s doing.  Knock on wood, I haven’t seen any stretch marks yet, but I’m super diligent about using my in-shower body lotion.  I’m also pretty good about applying Bio-Oil or Honest Belly Balm daily.  If I get a few stretch marks, it’s (obviously) not the end of the world or anything, but I am trying to prevent it.  See more of my pregnancy favorites in this video.
  2. Boobs drastically change.  I expected my breasts to get larger and more tender, but it’s so much more than that.  Listen, I’m not complaining about a larger cup size, lol!  What I didn’t realize is how vein-y and heavy they would become.  I have more veins in my breasts than I ever knew possible.  They’re so heavy that they just lay on my stomach.  The biggest problem is bras are just so uncomfortable right now.  Leave a comment below if you want me to do an updated undies and bra post for pregnancy.
  3. Nipples change too.  Your nipples get larger and darker whether you like it or not.  I’ve read it’s to allow your newborn to easily find your nipple to nurse, since their vision isn’t clear after birth.  I think it’s incredible how God took care of little details like your nipple color to help with nursing.
  4. Leg cramps.  “Cramps” doesn’t seem like a big enough word to describe the pain those stupid Charlie Horses cause.  I’ve had leg cramps once a week for multiple weeks in a row and they always wake me up at 5:30am.  The things I’ve found that help prevent the cramps (and they’re also not as bad lately) are doing calf stretches right before bed and taking Natural Calm with Calcium.  My dr. was the one to suggest magnesium and calcium at bedtime and it seems to be helping.  The nights that I get the cramps, I find that I’ve usually forgotten to do one of my two bedtime rituals.
  5. Pimples.  I’ve heard about “the glow” forever…  I personally don’t feel like I have a glow at all.  Instead, I have zits all over my chin.  My esthetician says that my pimples are under the skin and hormonal, so not much we can do for them without opening up my skin.
  6. Body acne.  I’ve been lucky to not have a back acne flare-up with pregnancy like I’ve read about.  But the weirdest thing I’ve noticed is that I have pimples for the first time ever under my breasts.  I’m sure it has everything to do with their weight, but it wasn’t something I ever expected to experience.
  7. Pelvic and leg pain.  I constantly have inner thigh pain.  I’ve been told it’s because I’m carrying all of my weight in my belly and it’s putting extra pressure on my legs, especially my thighs.  My chiropractor also said my belly is causing me to take shorter strides, which is also causing the pain.
  8. Back aches.  This is because of the extra weight plus the fact that you should sleep in only one position: on your left side.  In my case, it’s not just low back pain, it’s different areas of my back at different times.
  9. Discharge.  TMI?  Of course it’s TMI.  The truth is, discharge is a big part of pregnancy that no one warned me about.  In my case, I have a lot more than pre-pregnancy, and based on what I’ve read, that’s the general consensus.
  10. Swelling.  I started noticing swelling in my feet around the 24 week mark.  It’s not enough swelling that anyone other than me or Matt would notice.  It only happens after a long day of standing, but I think it’s my body’s way of telling me to take breaks more often.  I also noticed that I only get swelling in one foot at a time and it usually happens after a leg cramp episode.
  11. Hair.  I’ve always heard that you don’t shed your hair like normal while pregnant.  This hasn’t been the case for me whatsoever.  My shedding has stayed the same and I haven’t noticed a difference.  Nioxin has helped keep the thinning areas around my face fuller and my breakage/flyaways tamed, but overall, the shedding is the same.
What to Buy (and NOT to Buy) at Trader Joe’s 150 150 Angela Lanter

What to Buy (and NOT to Buy) at Trader Joe’s

I took to Instagram Stories a few weeks ago and mentioned I’ve been thinking about doing this post…  And the response was overwhelming.  SO many of you wanted to see my list of best and worst products from Trader Joe’s.  I’m an avid TJ’s shopper, so this post was a fun one for me to put together.

What to Buy at Trader Joe's Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

I snapped an iPhone shot of my shopping cart the other day at Trader Joe’s so you could see what a regular trip looks like for me.  Obviously, I don’t buy all healthy groceries there, I also love my snacks and cookies, lol.

Trader Joe's Shopping Cart Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Alright, let’s go {virtual} grocery shopping together!  I’m taking you through my favorite products department by department to keep this post as organized as possible.

What to Buy at Trader Joe’s:

Floral Department:  TJ’s is my go-to spot for flowers and not just during peony season…  Although, their peonies are the best!  They usually have a dozen roses in assorted colors for $6.99 at my local store and that price can’t be beat anywhere.  The price isn’t even the best reason to buy your flowers there, it’s how long they last.  I find that my roses last minimum 7 days, but sometimes even up to 14 days.  If you’d like to see a blog post about my flower buying tips and hacks for keeping them alive longer, leave a comment below and let me know.

What to Buy at Trader Joe's Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Produce:  TJ’s is my favorite place to buy produce because A) the prices are great and B) the quality is great.  My favorite produce to buy there is: berries, spinach, cooked lentils, cauliflower and broccoli “rice” and bell peppers.  We also love their bagged brussel sprouts and pre-packaged fresh asparagus.

I prefer buying bananas at TJ’s because you can buy them individually.  This works best for us because we only really like to buy 2 or 3 at a time.  I’m looking at two bananas going bad on my counter as I type this, which is what I get for buying a bunch lol.

As for the cauliflower or broccoli “rice,” these have quickly become a favorite rice alternative in our house.  It’s a great low carb option that is super tasty. Per health.com, “Cauliflower has 25 calories per cup vs. 218 for a cup of cooked brown rice. (And, if you’re watching carbs, cauliflower has 5g per cup vs. 46g for a cup of brown rice.)”  That’s a great reason to make the switch over to cauliflower rice!  Here’s how I prepare it:

Warm olive oil in pan over medium heat and add in cauliflower/broccoli rice.  Season with sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper, garlic powder and a pinch (or two) of crushed red pepper.  Once cooked through, serve immediately.

What to Buy at Trader Joe's Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Produce Pass:  Avocado prices tend to be higher than you’d expect.  Also, I’m not the biggest fan of their pre-made salads.

Bakery:  The only fresh bread I really love is their rosemary focaccia.  I haven’t bought this bread in a long time, but it warms so nicely and the flavor is amazing.

Deli/Refrigerated goods:  This is definitely my favorite store to buy cheese.  These are our favorites: Havarti with dill, organic pepper jack, shredded organic mozzarella cheese, Boursin, crumbled feta, goat cheese, and many more I can’t even think of right now.  I haven’t met a TJ cheese I didn’t love.  I did just see that they carry burrata and I don’t know how in the world I’ve missed that until now?

I swear by Trader Joe’s pizza sauce, but the kind in the refrigerated section near the cheeses, not the jarred.  It’s always fresh and lasts for weeks in your fridge.  It’s the perfect sauce: not too tangy and not too sweet.  We also love their whole wheat pizza dough in the bag.  You’ll find this right next to the refrigerated pizza sauce.  I have a special trick to making this dough…  I use a pizza stone that I heat up in the oven.  I toss the dough, put it on the stone, rub it with olive oil, sprinkle on Italian seasoning and bake for 10 minutes.  I take it out, rub the crust with olive oil again, then add topping and bake for an additional 10 minutes.  You get the perfect pizza every time using this method.

As you may know, the dips are right next to the cheeses in most TJ’s, but I typically pass on this section except for one item: Edamame Hummus.  Love this dip!  When I’m cutting back on soy, obviously I don’t buy it, but otherwise it’s super tasty and a fun twist on traditional hummus dips.

Matt loves their fresh hard-boiled peeled eggs just to have on hand for a quick protein boost.  I usually pick up my milk, eggs and yogurt at TJ’s too, the prices are lower than our local grocery store.

Meats:  I sometimes pick up organic chicken or lamb chops, but it’s not my sole purpose for my grocery trip.  I’d much rather make my meat purchases from our local butcher.  We’ve had two experiences where we got home and opened our fresh chicken only for it to be spoiled, so I purchase with caution.

Bakery Pass:  I’m not a fan of TJ’s English muffins, sliced breads, bagels or wraps.  They’re all just okay.  Whole Foods has the best English muffins in my opinion.  I’ve not tried all of their fresh baked sweets, but the ones I have tried have not been memorable.

Canned Foods/Rice/Pasta:  I buy all of my canned organic beans, tomatoes and stocks here.  I also purchase my almond milk and a lot of my baking products such as flour here.

I typically pass on the pasta and head straight for the rices.  My favorite rice products to buy are: 10 minute barley, 10 minute farro and Harvest Grains Blend.

Trader Joe's Shopping Cart Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

We have either Harvest Grains Blend, barley or farro at least once a week.  I love substituting barley or farro for rice in dishes such as taco bowls, for added nutritional value to the meal.

Another must buy in this aisle is their olive oil.  Our favorite is the Tunisian Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

What to Buy at Trader Joe's Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Snacks (non-frozen):  My favorite food life topic is snacks.  There are so many I love at TJ’s!  Here are the Lanter House favorites:

  • Oven Baked Cheese Bites
  • Toasted Coconut Cookie Thins
  • Partially Popped Popcorn
  • Speculoos Cookies
  • Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Roasted Seaweed Snack
  • Honey Butter Potato Chips
  • Soft baked Snickerdoodles
  • Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (Dare I say… Maybe even better than Reese’s!)
  • Kettle Corn
  • Chocolate Chip Brownie & Oat Bars (Great source of fiber!  Can’t eat while pregnant.)
  • Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Bites
  • Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds

Snack Pass:  Cereal.  I’ve yet to try a cereal that I love enough to buy a second time.  I’m also not a huge fan of their tortilla chips.

Frozen Foods:  My favorite thing to stock up on while shopping at TJ’s is their frozen foods.  I love this department because it has such an awesome variety and such unique products that you really won’t find at your local supermarket.

What to Buy at Trader Joe's Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Here’s a list of my frozen food faves:

  • Turkey Meatballs (So easy to warm up and pair amazing with spaghetti squash.)
  • Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip (My blogger friend, Courtney, turned me onto this and I’ve eaten it twice this past week. Best dip, hands down.  Perfect for football season!)
  • Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Such a great los carb and healthy alternative for your pizza cravings!)
  • Organic Silver Dollar Pancakes
  • Tandoori Naan (Best naan ever!  Bakes in 2 minutes, no joke.)
  • Frozen Brown Rice/Quinoa
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Bambino Pizza Formaggio

What to Buy at Trader Joe's Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Frozen Food Pass:  I have a few in this category…  Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros (tried to love them, but couldn’t), 5 Cheese Greek Spiral (I’m Greek.  I know a good filo dish and this isn’t one), Fully Cooked Falafel (too dry), Cauliflower and Broccoli Veggie Patties (just not a fan), Spring Rolls and Waffles.  There are other frozen items that I’ve tried through the years that were a total waste for us, but they’re just escaping me right now.  I’ll try to update this post with items on my next trip to the store.

What to Buy at Trader Joe's Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Drinks:  Basically the only water we drink anymore is the TJ’s Alkaline Water + Electrolytes.  We buy this water by the case.  We’re big alkaline water drinkers, so this is the best bang for our buck that we’ve found to date.

Now I want to hear from you!  Did I miss a must-have from Trader Joe’s?  What are your favorite items to buy?  Leave your product suggestions in the comments below.



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