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3 C-Sections + Hernia + Diastatis Recti = TT - Grand Prairie, Texas
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- Grand Prairie, Texas
Hi everyone, I am 35 with 3 gorgeous children (4,...
- 30 Mar 2012
Hi everyone, I am 35 with 3 gorgeous children (4, 2 and 1). With my first pregnancy, although I gained 50+ pounds I quickly returned to my pre-pregnancy weight and a flat tummy. However, things changed with my second pregnancy. Even after doing two rounds of P90X my stomach was still huge, I looked about 5 months pregnant. I knew something was wrong but before I could find out what, I was pregnant again. It wasn't until my 6 week post partum appointment for my 3rd child that I found out that I had a hernia and a very large diastatis recti. Now that my son is 1 (and i'm done breastfeeding) I am ready to have my stomach fixed. My hernia repair and TT is scheduled for April 2, 2012. This site has been such a blessing to me that I wanted to post my journey here.
My surgery is tomorrow morning. I am so nervous. I...
- 1 Apr 2012
2 days post op: I was released from the hospital...
- 4 Apr 2012
3 days Post Op: I am feeling pretty good. I got...
- 5 Apr 2012
I am finally uploading my before pictures. The doctor said that my diastatis recti was the size of football. No wonder I looked 5 months pregnant
4 days PO: I am still doing really well. I...
- 6 Apr 2012
My second drain hole is oozing some liquid out of it. Its not blood and it doesn't have an odor but its gross none the less. I hope it starts closing up soon!!
6 days PO: Today I am annoyed, crampy, achy and...
- 8 Apr 2012
Anywhoo, I am walking completely upright now but still slow. One of the drain holes is still excreting this yellow fluid the other looks pretty good. I took the binder off today. I can't see the scar or my BB but I was able to see my tummy. It looks pretty swollen to me. I will upload a picture.
8 days PO: Today I had my follow up appointment...
- 10 Apr 2012
I came home and took a closer look at the TT scar's on this board. For the most part mine looks like that (although I may have the beginning of a dogs ear on the right side). I've uploaded some pictures.
Things I would have done differently:
- Plan better for the down time. With 3 small kids I never get time like this to myself. However, I am bored out of my mind because I don't have anything to do to occupy my time. I should have bought some books, movies or something/anything to keep me occupied.
- Focus on the TT and not just the hernia repair. I had a very large hernia and so I focused on that more than the TT aspect. I never asked the questions to ensure that I would like the final results, for example scar and BB placement. While my scar is pretty low in the middle, it is higher on the sides that I would have liked. My BB also seems to be lower than what would be natural.
- Have realistic expectations. I really thought that right after my surgery my stomach would be flat and look like it did 5 years ago. I didn't factor in swelling, the huge scar, or the fact that the stretch marks under my huge belly would now be visible once that belly was gone. Also, while i'm sure I was told, I paid very little attention to the "it takes 4 - 6 months before the full results are visible" comments.
Thats it for now!
11 days PO: I haven't taken any pain medications...
- 13 Apr 2012
I took off the sterile-strips and my scar looks MUCH better (I have uploaded a few pictures). I am so glad that I put them on. On the flip side, my stomach seems to be getting bigger instead of flatter. I am hoping that this is just swelling and not pockets of fluid.
17 days PO: I had my follow-up appointment with...
- 19 Apr 2012
My swelling is going down some, but its still there...uggh. He recommended that I continue to wear the binder to help with that. I see him again in 2 months (or anytime before that if I need to).
Here are a few recent pictures. You can really see the swelling around my BB and in my pubic area.
5 weeks + PO and I'm still swollen. I wake up...
- 12 May 2012
I also, unlike everyone else, haven't lost any weight. I need to workout again, but I don't think my body (particularly my core) is ready.