That is most likely why you follow my blog and know my story. I shared my entire journey with HA – every step of the way. Every struggle, every success, every pound gained – everything was worth it.
Who I was, and where I was, two years ago is a complete 180 of who and where I am in my life now. I used to spend every waking moment thinking about my workouts and what my next meal would be – and how “healthy” I could make it. That was NO way to live, at least not for me. I was able to learn that my body is one of those bodies that wants (and needs) a little extra fat on its bones and it is a body that needs more relaxation and less stress. I took the time to allow my body to feel safe, nourished, relaxed – and thankfully was able to conceive Jack. You can read my full “HA-Extended Edition” here.
After Jack was born, C-section recovery was tough. My body went through a traumatic labor and delivery and even walking (around the house) was a difficult task for a while. After a few months, I began going on some walks outside and maybe a 10-15 minute jog 2-3 times a week; nothing crazy. The older and bigger Jack became, the less I found myself even wanting to work out… and I was completely OK with that decision. Now that spring has arrived, we’ve been going on lots of walks around our neighborhood, and that is enough activity for me. I mean, I spend most of my day(s) chasing around a very active 21lb 10 month old – and feel like I am constantly “working out”……. I am sure most Moms can relate.
OK, so now to the good stuff. PERIODS.
I wasn’t sure what would happen after Jack was born. I knew that my chance of cycling was so up in the air, and that I wouldn’t know much until after I was done nursing and fully weaned from pumping. I pumped for the last time on December 31st and crossed my fingers that things would happen. I started seeing changes after a few weeks and then at the end of January I spotted for about a week and a half… weirdly long but whatever, I felt like it was a good sign that SOMETHING had to be happening. Well, 40 days after that I got a FULL BLOWN PERIOD. It lasted 7 full days and I had to go buy tampons TWICE #canigetanamen. And what do you know, 30 days after that I got ANOTHER 7 DAY PERIOD. What to the what?! I couldn’t believe it. I’m currently on CD22 (cycle day 22) and am thinking this will be another 30-40 day cycle. Know what else is awesome?! I’ve confirmed ovulation twice through OPKs which means my body is, in fact, ovulating. This is all so new for me and I feel like a teenager getting their period for the first time… except I weirdly love it.
I am not sharing this to boast or brag... I am sharing this to give you hope. Regardless of what point you are at in your journey with HA, I want this to give you hope that you CAN, and WILL, beat it. Life is too short, and too beautiful, to be caught up in body image, extreme workouts or extreme dieting. We only have ONE body in this lifetime. We need to love on it, respect it, cherish it, nourish it… and in turn, it should do the same thing back to us.
HA Resources and additional information:
- My Journey With HA - The Extended Edition
- No Period. Now What? - A guide to regaining your cycles & improving your fertility.
- MindBodyGreen Article: I Was So "Healthy" It Hurt My Fertility: My Journey With Hypothalamic Amenorrhea.