Posts tagged ‘pregnancy’

February 12, 2013

An early delivery….

If you are reading this on the day it was posted, then today is February 12, 2013. Exactly 7 years ago today I was blessed with my second daughter, Bianca Elle. She was born at 6:10 am weighed in at 6lb 2 oz. She was perfect. I can remember holding for a quick second while the nurse snapped a picture and whisked her away. I thought to myself, wow, this is new since my last child. What I didn’t realize is that they were giving me the picture because they were not allowing her to stay with me. Bianca, while a healthy weight, and breathing on her own, and seemingly perfect, was born 6 weeks early. Let me take you back….

Before I got pregnant with Bianca I had gone for my yearly check-up and the doctor discovered some pre-cancerous cells on my cervix. We did a procedure called a LEEP, which removed the part of the cervix that was affected. When I became pregnant with Bianca, the doctor told me that this could cause me to have a condition called an incompetent cervix. He said I could go about my pregnancy as normal, but when I reached 16 weeks, they would start to do transvaginal ultrasounds every two weeks to monitor the length of my cervix. If it shortened each week, and reached a certain number, I would have to go on bed rest. I thought to myself, no way that will happen. At the time I was still an elementary school teacher and I bartended one day a week. But, as the story goes, I indeed did have to go on bedrest from month 5 of my pregnancy on. It was tough…I had all these grand plans of writing books, scrapbooking, showering…lol…but mostly I watched television and tried to not worry about my butt growing larger and larger. One night , February 9th, I woke up in the middle of the night to wet pants. I thought, geez Danielle, did you really just pee on yourself. But, as I examined closer I realized that it was clear and odorless. In a panic we called the doctor and he informed me to go directly to the hospital as it seemed my water was leaking. Oh no! Please no. Its too baby wasn’t ready yet. The doctors decided to hold my labor off some…they gave me steroids to strengthen Bianca’s lungs, and then induced me on February 12th at midnight. 6 hours and a few pushes later, there she was. Perfectly healthy and a really great weight. They said at that rate she could have been 11 lbs had I gone full term (my theory is that she was just crowded in my belly, because I am a pretty small person, and decided it was time to come out). They took her to the NICU and for the first time in my life my heart was completely broken. Matter of fact, as I write this, I am overwhelmed with the memory of that feeling. To all you mothers out there who did not go home with your baby right away, or ever for that matter, my heart hurts for you. Because Adrianna was 4 at the time, I knew I had to go home. I asked to be released the very next morning, which they agreed to. I saw a lactation specialist and pumped and pumped and pumped in hopes of producing enough milk to bring back up to the hospital each day. I called the nurse every hour, and she was happy to talk to me and tell me how Bianca was doing. I would drop Adrianna off at daycare in the morning and sit with my Bianca all day until it was time to pick Adrianna back up. I would just hold her against my skin and when it was time to go, I would cry and cry until I had no tears left. She was only in the NICU for a week, but that week seemed like an eternity.

But here we are, 7 years later! Bee is such a unique kid. She loves Harry Potter, and dinosaurs, and garage sales. She has never a met a paper clip or a piece of paper that she didn’t want to put up for safe keeping. She plays volleyball, loves animals, and makes my heart melt with every smile and funny joke she makes.

Happy Birthday Bianca Elle Hinson! Image

January 8, 2013

Say Goodbye to Your Black Stretchy Pants

My journey from a pregnant 200 lbs. to now

My journey from a pregnant 200 lbs. to now

I have had so many new moms reach out to me since reading my HH story wanting to know what my post baby weight loss secret is. How did I leave the hospital weighing nearly 200 lbs. and then go on to win a fitness competition? And more importantly, how did I then get back to feeling fit and healthy?

When Landry was 3 1/2 months old, the truth was that despite my decent effort, I was still wearing my pregnancy wardrobe staple; a pair of black stretch pants that were literally coming apart at the seams. On top of my clothes not fitting, I had postpartum depression and was edgy, irritable and lethargic.  While I commend the moms who could annoyingly wear their pre-pregnancy jeans one week after giving birth, I obviously was not one of them. These were also the moms who seemed to adjust to motherhood with ease and confidence.  I; however, was not one of them and my story was very different!  So at 3 1/2 months, when I got sick of living and feeling this way, I looked at myself in the mirror and made the choice to love myself enough to make a lifestyle change.  I was going to finally let go of the unrealistic expectation that my body was just going to go back to itself overnight. I decided then that it was going to take maximum effort and I needed to get 100% committed or stop complaining. It was time to take my life back over and make my health and fitness a priority for my child and myself.  It worked and I encourage all of you whose story is similar to mine to begin this New Year letting go of the excuses, the fears, and your own black stretchy “comfort pants” and to begin the process of embracing yourself and commit to a new healthy lifestyle. Whether your children are five months old, fifteen years old or out of the nest, the time is now!  Conquer one meal, one workout, and one day at a time.

1. Make up your mind to love yourself and to 100% commit to your new healthy lifestyle. Find a goal: whether it’s a fitness competition, road race, cross fit challenge etc.

2. Do not set unrealistic expectations that it will happen overnight.

3. Get a family plan! If you have a significant other, sit down with them at the beginning of the week and map out workout times that you both think is fair and stick to them. Even if it’s 5:30 am!

4. Stick to a consistent workout plan that will shock and challenge your body.

5. Most importantly throw out your old eating habits and crash diets out of the window! It is time for a new super clean, 100% committed lifestyle change. Plan each meal, eat 4-5 small meals and mindfully fuel your body with the nutrients it needs.

Love yourself to a healthy lifestyle.

Loren Silas