1 Month Postpartum Meal Plan

My first month postpartum I spent a lot of time “wingin it” both with my food choices and motherhood. Having a newborn at home is challenging in itself. My baby likes to be held about 90% of the time… pretty sure all babies are like that. They just came out of the cozy little whom into this big crazy world. Anyway, it has resulted in me preparing lots of meals either very quickly or one handed. Sometimes I baby wear around the house too if there is something that I really want to get done.

This is the first week that I’ve planned things out. I feel like I’m in a good place to dial in on my nutrition and I’m just starting my home workouts back up too. I’m giving myself a lot of flexibility in this to swap meals for different days if I need to, or to push meals back if I have a lot of leftovers. This last year I’ve focused on reducing food waste and budgeting, so I will try to use foods that are in my house already when making my meal plan. I’m also very mindful if something in the fridge needs to be used soon, we will make sure its eaten so things aren’t wastefully thrown away. Years ago I used to buy a ton of healthy food when I would start a new diet, just to end up throwing a ton of it out. Not anymore!

Let’s get to the nitty gritty about my food this week! My calorie goal is about 2100 calories per day. I don’t have to count every morsel of food I put in my mouth, instead I use The Ultimate Portion Fix to make sure I reach my calorie and macro goal for the day. It’s simple to follow, and I feel like I can still live life without restriction. Since I am currently breastfeeding, my calorie goal is about 500 more per day than what it would be for just normal weight loss. The goal is weight loss, and I’m shooting for 1-2 lb loss per week. Between breastfeeding and daily 30 minute workouts, that puts me at a natural calorie deficit daily as long as I don’t overeat. I should have a water intake of about 100 ounces a day, and I honestly haven’t been very good about keeping track so far.

So here is the plan for the week:

  • Meal 1: 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp butter, 1 mashed banana
  • Meal 2: 2 scrambled eggs w/ veggies and cheddar cheese OR 2 hard-boiled eggs with cucumbers or carrots and hummus
  • Meal 3: Vegan Chocolate Shakeology w/ 2 cups unsweetend vanilla almond milk and 1 cup fruit
  • Meal 4: Summer Salad (spinach, strawberries, blueberries, shaved almonds, strawberry poppy seed dressing)
  • Meal 5:
    • Gluten Free chicken tenders + steamed veggies
    • Chicken Fajitas
    • Crockpot honey ginger chicken
    • Taco bowl with ground turkey
    • Grilled pork tenderloin, homemade fries, and steamed broccoli


I’m ALL about eating leftovers and not wasting food as I said, so it’s very likely that we will have extra food and eat leftovers a couple of days, so some dinners may be pushed to next week depending. For each dinner, I like to have 2 servings of protein, 2 servings of veggies, and 1 carb serving.

What do you think of this meal plan? Does it sound simple enough? I’d love feedback in the comments. Please like and share!



My Birth Story: Natural Hospital Water Birth


April 1st finally came. I was 40 weeks pregnant (my due date). I went to my regular checkup with my midwife first thing in the morning. I was already 4 cm dilated at this point and she said that all I needed was some good contractions to push me over the edge into active labor. At this point I had already been having contractions on and off since 36 weeks (and many were regular, not just Braxton Hicks). So I was so ready to be over that at this point! I requested a membrane sweep which releases hormones naturally and can kick start labor if the baby is ready. Well that’s exactly what happened..

We got back home around 11am. It was just Camden and I. It was a Monday so Dan was at work. We went for a walk around the neighborhood and I began to have regular, timable contractions. They were coming every 5 ish minutes and lasting 45 seconds. I could still walk through them. We got back home, I sat on the exercise ball a bit, and I continued to time them. I went to the bathroom and they started to pick up and get more uncomfortable. It was hard for me to move when they came, so I decided it was time into call Dan and tell him it was game time. They always say the second baby comes quicker 🙄 so I was worried about getting there on time since it would be an hour before we made it to the hospital.

Around 3pm we dropped Camden off with a friend, and headed in! I had to focus in during contractions and breathe, but it was mostly pressure at that point and not so much pain. We checked into triage at the hospital and I was 5cm dilated, 75% effaced, and contractions were about every 3-5 minutes. We were admitted! Yay!

Now the wait comes… we got to our room and I was free to walk, sit on the birthing ball, whatever I needed to do. I still wasn’t really in “pain” so I spent the next long while pacing back and fourth in our room and bouncing on the ball. It was pretty chill during this time, Dan watched the Office. It was just us. The nurse came in periodically to monitor the baby’s heartbeat but I wasn’t hooked up to an IV (thank goodness) and I loved the freedom of letting my body just do its thing.

Midnight rolled around and I expressed my concern that my contractions weren’t getting worse and I felt like things weren’t progressing. I was starting to get tired but I wanted to remain active. The midwife checked me and I had only progressed to 6cm that whole time 😳. So my options were to keep doing my thing, to get an IV and start pitocin, or to break my water and see if that speeds things up. I was set on doing things non-medicated still since that was the only way to have a water birth. I chose to have he break my water. Literally right after contractions got more intense. I had to wait until I was 7-8 cm dilated to get into the birthing tub, so I stayed on the birthing ball beside the bed. I like to call this next part “Fast and Furious” because holy shit contractions got so crazy intense and super close together. I was riding this out for as long as I could stay sane but around 2am I asked to get in the tub because the pain was too much to handle (the water helps relieve some of the pressure). The midwife cleared me to get in but she didn’t check my cervix again, she said she could just tell by my contractions that I was close to transition. The nurse filled the tub and helped me in. I was on my hands and knees in there because I just wanted some of the pressure to be relieved. Literally as soon as I got in I started feeling push pressure like BAD and I couldn’t hold it back. I told the nurse right away (she was the only one in the room other than Dan) and she called the midwife and a couple other nurses in. One more contraction… all pushing and I couldn’t hold it back…another contraction and I yelled “he’s coming out” they ran over to catch him and told me his head is out and just one more push! We were all in shock and I was still on my hands and knees! The nurses helped me turn around in the tub and they set him on my chest. We just sat there in awe that it happened. No one knew he was going to come so fast. I was only in the tub for maybe 5 minutes! They waited until the cord stopped pulsing to cut it. From there, Dan took the baby to do skin to skin, while I got out of the tub and move to the bed to deliver the placenta.


I ended up with a 2nd degree tear and stitches. As soon as that was done, Dan handed Dylan to me and he latched and breastfed right away. It was truly amazing ❤️ we had a ton of time together before they asked to weigh and measure him too. I love that our hospital, nurses, and midwife were flexible enough to let us have the birth we wanted and the bonding that was important to us too. Dylan officially came at 2:21 am (about 10 hours after we checked into the hospital), weighing 8 lbs 4oz, 20.5 inches long. He is perfect ❤️