2 min read
Our newest Modern Muse is founder of The Sculpt Society, Megan Roup – a dance cardio maven & new mom to baby girl, Harlow. We caught up with her at her home in LA to capture what a day in the life of Megan looks like, from dusk to dawn.
Here, we slow down after a busy morning to talk about Megan’s labor & delivery experience, her breastfeeding & pumping journey, and of course, her favorite piece from A Pea in the Pod that every postpartum muse needs.
The most difficult trimester for me was definitely the 3rd and 4th. I was really uncomfortable in my 3rd trimester, and then my 4th trimester was just a slew of unknown, and there were the really fragile early days of postpartum. I think my focus was so much about labor and delivery and what that would look like and if I would be in pain. Luckily, my epidural worked really well - I honestly was in very little pain during my delivery. It wasn't until after that I experienced a lot of pain. I actually couldn't use the bathroom. And that's a really big problem in those early hours postpartum, because you want that function. There was just so much emotion.
Breastfeeding was a lot more complicated than I thought it would be. When I thought about breastfeeding when I was pregnant, I really didn't think that it would be a complicated thing. I thought that I would deliver Harlow and I would start to breastfeed her, and that there wasn't a lot more that went into it. And so, when that didn't happen and she didn't latch, not only was that frustrating, it was really emotional for me.
Every woman’s experience breastfeeding is really so different, and for me, not having Harlow latch just added another complicated layer to the whole experience.
Another thing that's not really discussed is how complicated pumping is. There are tons of parts, there's a lot of clean up, it's not relaxing, and it's also not pain-free. I don't love pumping, and when you are having to pump multiple times a day, it can be emotionally taxing. I have to remind myself that the positive part is I'm feeding Harlow with my breast milk. I'm always striving to eat real, whole, nutritious foods. And I think the more that I can do that, the more it helps with my supply. My number one device that I use has been the LaVie. It’s a lactation massager, so it massages and heats at the same time. It really makes pumping just a little bit more manageable and less painful. And the other tip I have that so many moms told me about when I was really struggling in the beginning of my pumping journey was making sure that you have the correct flange size. I was using the wrong size.
One of my favorite items that I love and wear every day is the hands-free pumping bra. The fabric is really, really comfortable. I love that there's a one-handed clip down function, no wire, and the fit is great. It moves and breathes with you throughout the entire day. I can be holding Harlow - doing what I need to do.
STAY TUNED FOR PART THREE OF A DAY IN THE LIFE