Today we’re thrilled to introduce you to Hailee W., a mama of two who had a healthy, happy second pregnancy by using the lessons she learned during her Whole30 to influence the choices she made during her pregnancy and postpartum recovery.
In Hailee’s Own Words
My son turned one in September 2014, and I knew I needed to make a change not only for myself but for my family. I stumbled upon an article about the Whole30 and was immediately drawn in, I liked the fact that it wasn’t selling me a “product,” but rather a lifestyle change.
I didn’t go into my first Whole30 without doing a lot of research first. I wanted to be sure to include my family, because if my family wasn’t involved I don’t think the habits would have stuck!
Over the course of the next year, I completed the Whole30 program a few times. Even when I wasn’t technically doing a Whole30, I kept my eating habits in line with the program and ate “Whole30-ish.” I’m extremely happy I made this change because my toddler loves food as much as I do and I’ve found so many recipes that “sneak” veggies into him!
I know the program isn’t about weight loss, but as a happy benefit, I lost over 50 pounds and became pregnant with my second child.
Bringing Healthy Habits into My Second Pregnancy
Going into my second pregnancy, I knew I wanted it to be much different than my first. I wanted to continue to develop the healthy habits I gained with Whole30 (once that morning sickness stage passed!) and stay active. There was always the thought in the back of my mind that I was going to gain all the weight back that I had lost and find myself reverting back to my old habits with food.
The first several weeks were rough, especially with morning sickness, but I started another Whole30 right after the holidays and haven’t looked back since. At some point during my life-changing year I developed a love for running. Previously, I ran cross country and track in middle & high school but didn’t enjoy it like I do now.
During my second pregnancy, I was able to keep running until around 28 weeks, and look forward to getting back into it again. Once I found the right foods to fuel my body, exercising became something I enjoy instead of dreading.
Now that my baby is here, I’m striving to seek balance in all aspects of my life including my food choices. Taking care of a toddler and a newborn is exhausting, but I truly believe that following the Whole30 program has given me much needed energy to take care of two little ones. I am nursing, and I want to make sure I’m putting the right foods into my body to maintain an adequate milk supply.
A lot of mamas leave comments on my Instagram posts, asking if all of the veggies I’m eating effect my little guy’s stomach (because I’m breastfeeding). On the contrary, he seems to do worse if I eat something that is not Whole30 compliant. I gained 24 pounds this pregnancy and have lost all but 5 pounds through Whole30-ish eating.
I haven’t started any kind of workout or running routine at this time because I’m taking what time and energy I do have for my family, but I’m looking forward to running again in the future. It’s been almost 2 years since I completed my first Whole30. Since then, my body has changed and I became much more confident in myself.
Also, I have more energy and became more active, which helps me keep up with two little boys!
My favorite part of Whole30 is the online community of people that blog their recipes and experiences. I used to be intimidated by recipes with more than five ingredients, but now I love to cook all types of recipes that are healthy and delicious for my family. It’s encouraging and inspiring to see women who are either nursing or pregnant finding success with Whole30 and the Healthy Mama, Happy Baby program.
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