After 3 children, all C-sections, I'm ready to do...
My background: After baby 2 I lost 70 lbs and even got abs! Baby 3 was a surprise lol but I've been diligent in my workouts and clean eating. I am having a lot of pain in my lower abdomen this time, betting I have a hernia or some really jacked up muscles.
My lower stomach has always been pudgy and numb. I can do ab work all day and not feel anything from my belly button down. I know surgery is needed and I'm ready to feel confident at the pool or beach. No more pooch! No words for how exciting that is for me!
I am also going for a breast lift. My husband says my boobs look fine, but I want to be able to wear bikini tops that aren't wired! I have a very full C and no matter what my weight loss has been after each baby, the girls are here to stay! Which I guess is a blessing. Figure if I'm already going under for a tuck then let's just get it all done and over with!
Before photos and stats
Had a delay, but I'm all set to go now!
One more day! Freaking out!
I'm in full freak out mode! I can not wait to "wake up" and be on the mend :)
I LOVE my dr! He came in today, on a Saturday to check on me. He also called several times through the night.
I am taking Arnika Montana, Bromaline, & Aloe Vera capsules to promote healing and reduce swelling and bruising.
I'll post pics soon. But already I'm so glad I had this done!! I look so tiny and that's with sweeping so I'm way excited to see how I look unswollen.
First night home
I felt ok all day, sleeping like a baby in a recliner. Lots of pillows really make it comfy. My cats won't leave my side :) so at least I have company lol
Just got up at 3am to pee, then out of nowhere nausea hit me. My face went white and I was certain I was about to throw up and was cringing at the thought bc I knew it would feel like I'm ripping apart. Hubby grabbed strawberries and a cold rag. So as I had 1 strawberry I had instant relief. Guess I needed some sugar and food in my tummy. I took pain meds on an empty stomach around 10pm. Note to self, EAT before taking meds. That was scary!
So now I've had fruit, Cheerios and some water feeling great and back to sleep for me.
I also want to cough and that hurts so bad. I know it's important to clear the lungs but the pain is intense. Guess you never realize how much of your core is used until it's tender like this.
Oh and I also took the garment off and will out it back on when I wake up. That thing would be comfy if not for the drain lines getting all jumbled in there.
I'll post pics soon :) Very happy with everything so far!
Side view sitting
Day 2 feeling awesome!
So far so good
Feeling pretty good as well. Lipo areas are the worst but it's nothing unbearable. VERY itchy all over so I keep a body brush with me to relieve the itch and it's long handle helps me reach my back.
Just ready for swelling to be gone and to see my results.
Stay positive ladies, it really helps you get through this easier :)
Day 5 post op
Lipo areas def hurt way more than the actual incisions for tuck.
Drains only put out 30 ml on each side yesterday. I have my first checkup on Monday, hope to have both drains out. Dreading the 2.5 he drive. Making sure to medicate heavily before we leave.
Today is my last day format blood thinner shot. My hubby had been an amazing nurse. I love how he concentrates so hard to help me clean in the shower, a whole new level I love for this man :)
Attaching a photo of the supplements I picked up to hopefully help my recovery. My Dr said he saw no problem with any of them.
Almost done with the first week. Ready to be unswollen and feeling more helpful instead of useless around here lol
1 week post op!
Speaking of garment, bc I spent $140 on my Marena I'm just wearing it even though the side hooks/zippers are killing my lipo area. Hate to not use it lol
Going to get a faja for my next garment, still searching online for the perfect one. Anyone have a recommendation?
I'll load some week 1 pics, these were when I first woke up. So swollen but I can envision the skinny under all that :)
I'm basically obsessed with this site too. I keep looking at pics trying to get ideas of where I can be in 2,3,4 weeks etc...
I go on a cruise end of March so I'm really hoping swelling is down and I can rock a bikini :)
So impatient lol
Drains are coming out!!!!
This should be interesting lol going to take a muscle relaxer and pain pill just in case :)
I get to drive myself to my appt on Monday, starting to feel more and more human! It's the small things lol
Drains are gone!
Feels so much better to not have those drains in :)
I'm a fitness coach so I'm big on health anyway, here's my supplements
I usually drink apple cider vinegar each day but I gotta say I like the capsules better bc of the lack of taste lol
I do not need a stool softener, between my Shakeology & my apple cider vinegar and aloe (all aid in digestion) I have been going #2 each morning with no straining or problems. Tmi but the last thing I'd want to do is to have to strain to use the bathroom. Ouchy! I like painless bathroom trips :)
I drank a gallon of water a day before all this anyway and was a super clean eater so I'm back to my normal eating and water drinking.
If anyone needs help with figuring out how to eat healthy, workouts later message me! I am a fitness coach :) love to help you!
I overdid it :(
My appt is tomorrow at 11:45. Dreading the 2 hr drive but hopefully there will not be a need to draw fluid off. Ewww I am just really praying that is not needed.
Trying to chill but getting worried with the swelling.
Guess it's kinda a bad day :(
First checkup- 10 days post op
He said he wished all his patients healed so quick and good :)
Nutrition is key ladies! Eat well and drink that water!
Posting a pic of how I looked after I got home. First pic with no ugly drains :) I'm so very swollen too but I still love my results so far.
Turned 30 today! Finally at age 30 I can really be proud of my body after 3 kids. Who knew?! Best decision of my life!
2 week post op
Love everything so far. I can tell a difference in my swelling from a week ago, it has gone down a lot so my garment fits so much better :)
I alternate between my full length Marena to just a high waisted spanx underwear. Marena is very tight so il 'take a break' a few hrs a day and use my spanx. Tried to use my Belly Bandit but I'm so long waisted it doesn't cover all areas.
I'll update with more pics next week :) Happy healing ladies!!
3 week post op
I now can sleep on my sides. Such a relief to my back and butt lol ready to sleep on stomach again.
Still swollen but trying to be patient.
I started doing lunges, squats and sitting while doing small arm workout with 5 lb dumbbells. I can't stand to not use my muscles I'm feeling so mushy. Plus I've been picking my 1 yr old up since before I hit my 2 week mark. I know that's a no no but I don't always have my hubby here so what can ya do. It doesn't hurt at all and I'm very careful with how I lift.
Attaching some pics. Once I hit the 4 week mark, I'll do side by sides of the weeks to show the improvements.
Week 4 post op
Still dealing with swelling especially in upper abs, not sure what is up with that. Annoying bc if look so flat if that would just go down lol
Appt with my dr next week so I'm excited to see what he thinks.
He is very laid back and has never seemed rush or bothered by my many questions. He has been so caring! Glad I choose him I'd highly recommend him!