New Belly - Miami, FL

I'm 34 years old and have 2 beautiful boys....

I'm 34 years old and have 2 beautiful boys. The oldest is 3 and the youngest is 8 months. Got married on my 30th birthday following month got pregnant with my first. I weighed 110 lbs when I got pregnant and the day I delivered him, via c-section I weighed 202 lbs. Yes, I gained 92 lbs. It took me a year to drop to 135. I got pregnant last year in February, gained 57 lbs with this pregnancy. Right now I weigh 140 lbs. Since I had dramatic weight gains during my pregnancy I was left with diastasis recti, an umbilical hernia and saggy skin =( Yikes!

My abdominalplasty and hernia repair with be July 18, 2011. I'm excited, nervous and scared but I'm sure it is normal to have so much emotions before such a big surgery. Look forward to seeing my new belly!!

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Wow, that's awesome!! You'll look great!! Please keep me updated on your progress :)) we have 16 days and counting!! Happy 4th Sassy45
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Hi glady77 looks like we're having our surgery on the same day, I'm getting a TT with MR, but also having a face and neck lift, and a lower blepheroplasty. Hope i'm not taking on too much. Like you I feel a huge mix of emotions, mainly guilt and fear though!! Anyway just wanted to wish you luck for the big day, looking forward to comparing after pics lol.
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Thank you Helens Transformation!! I was suppose to have done the procedure June 10th but was sick and Dr said it was best to wait. He's out of town till the 11th :( so they scheduled me for the 18th but actually I'm pretty happy it happenend. After reading everyone's post with tips I now know I wasn't anywhere ready for the surgery. I've learned so much just being on here a few days. Thank u all for sharing your stories and helpful tips!!!!! Yours is soon!!!! I'll check your page to keep up with your experience and progress!!!! :))
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10 more days and counting. Doing my pre-op on...

10 more days and counting. Doing my pre-op on Monday June 11 :)). Still feeling all sorts of mix emotions.

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The time will fly by quickly so hang on tight.  It will all be fine:)

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only eight days to go!!!!
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Went for blood work today!! Just scared because my...

Went for blood work today!! Just scared because my 3 year old is sick and I'm feeling a sore throat, but I will pray that it will go away and I get my surgery!!!!!

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Hi newtummy4bee! That's a great idea thank you! And also thank you for the well wishes =)) will update after surgery!!!! =))
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Hi Ft Myers! I have never heard of the fat being over the the muscle or under the muscle? What exactly does that mean? I don't think you'll look like a beach ball. Lol! Are you going to stay on South beach? I will post pics soon of before and after. For some reason this website will not let me upload photos from my phone :(( I have to do it from my computer. In Coral Gables the so many great restaurants!!! The are all delicious. My favorite restaurant there is Hillstone's . I don't eat red meat but my husband love's the steak there. Also, Flemmings which is a couple of blocks from Hillstone's has great steak and Ruth Cris has amazing food! You'll love it :)) the have Randazzle's (Italian)which is great. So many yummy little places to eat there. I'll update soon after surgery :))
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Your day is coming real soon, wishing you the best of luck and try your best not to worry. If you have not done so yet, try to get yourself a shower seat cuz I have to say I think it is the ONE best thing I got for my surgery and don't think I could have done without it!!! As a matter of fact I still like to use it to shave my legs. Well hope to see your after pics! =)
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Oh wow, thought this day will never get here! It's...

Oh wow, thought this day will never get here! It's the day before surgery!! Yayayayayyyyy!! So many emotions running through my body :(( Couldn't sleep last night. I was having some horrible vivid nightmares. The one that scared the day lights out of me was the one where I looked asleep, yet I was really awake. Although my eyes were closed, I could feel everything they were doing to me. I was trying to talk to let the doctor know but I couldnt move my mouth. It was horrible!! Couldn't go back to sleep after that one :((...

I'm praying that all goes well and u can be home soon with my family!! Excited to see what my belly will look like!!

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Good luck, Glady! Best wishes for a speedy and uneventful recovery :)
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Hi Sassy!! Yes super excited yet scared, haahaaa!! Good luck tomorrow :)) I'll check in on u soon to see how u are doing.
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Good luck for tomorrow hun!! you as excited as me?
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It's over! Now the aftermath of the surgery...

It's over! Now the aftermath of the surgery begins! I don't understand the sudden back pains. Anyone else felt this? Just got home. Burning sensation on my thighs but I didn't hey lipo there, so I don't understand why they burn :(( abs are tight,...really tight. Still waiting for my recliner. They ate so late delivering it, ugh!! Tried to eat a little chicken soup. Slept fOr a little bit. I'm sure tomorrow when the anesthesia wears off I'll be in a whole lot more pain :(( I wish it was a pain free procedure, lol!!

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Woo Hoo your home:) 

Yes you are going to have burning, twinges, tightness and everything else under the rainbow for a while.  All part of it my dear. 

I sure hope your recliner has arrived.  Update us tomorrow and let us know how the first night went.

Keep the meds coming on schedule.

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Hi! Day 2 po. Feeling more sore and a little more...

Hi! Day 2 po. Feeling more sore and a little more pain. I just got up with the help of my mom, and pee'd, washed up a little...felt good. Walked around the house once and came back. Felt better after walking. Going to try to have some breakfast now. Were the drains come out by it still burns but not as much as yesterday. I do feel my binder tighter then yesterday, I guess I'm more swollen. I also got the hick ups last night....ouch!! All and all I feel better then yesterday. Been taking my pain meds every 4 hours. Will update late!

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Hi! Day 2 po. Feeling more sore and a little more...

Hi! Day 2 po. Feeling more sore and a little more pain. I just got up with the help of my mom, and pee'd, washed up a little...felt good. Walked around the house once and came back. Felt better after walking. Going to try to have some breakfast now. Were the drains come out by it still burns but not as much as yesterday. I do feel my binder tighter then yesterday, I guess I'm more swollen. I also got the hick ups last night....ouch!! All and all I feel better then yesterday. Been taking my pain meds every 4 hours. Will update late! Tomorrow is my first post op visit!

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Hi Ft. Myers! i see what you are saying about CGCC. Why don't you check out Dr. Simons website. It's: drsimonplasticsurgery.com
Maybe you'll like him. He's very nice and he gets right to the point. So far his staff and Dr. Simon are great. Yesterday I had his office manager call to see how I was feeling. Dr. Simon is double certified. He's a plastic surgeon and a general surgeon. Which there's only a few in S. Florida. Which is great. I hope you find your doctor, soon! I will post photos up as soon as i take them. I went to the bathroom and i took a look at my stomach through the binder and it looks completely flat. I just hope it looks like that when he takes off my binder tomorrow. I hope all looks good inside the binder. I hope my belly button looks pleasant. I'm concerned about that. Keep me updated with you!! Again, good luck finding the right doctor for you. I saw a few before picking Dr. Simon.
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hey glady, hope your feeling alittle better. it'll all be worth it in the long run,its early yet give acouple of days you'll be ready to go bathsuit shopping!!!!!!can you tell a big difference? so simon did the surgery rite? i didnt care for cgcc.it wasnt like a surgery center i was picturing.im back to the drawing board as far as where to go.lol they drive around town in a pink svu with a girl in a bikni and huge boobs advertising boob jobs for 3800!!!!lmfao he also told me i have fat under the muscle and over so i have to lose 20lbs before i can do it!! burst my bubble,so much for date nite,i was so depressed my hubby properly wished he didnt come with me!!!well i hope you feel better soon and post pics... im pulling for you for a speedy recover and hopefully the worst is over!!!!smile your'llbe wear a bikni by 2nd week of aug..
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Hi! Day 2 po. Feeling more sore and a little more pain. I just got up with the help of my mom, and pee'd, washed up a little...felt good. Walked around the house once and came back. Felt better after walking. Going to try to have some breakfast now. Were the drains come out by it still burns but not as much as yesterday. I do feel my binder tighter then yesterday, I guess I'm more swollen. I also got the hick ups last night....ouch!! All and all I feel better then yesterday. Been taking my pain meds every 4 hours. Will update late!
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Day 3 post-op: went to my first po appt. Saw my...

Day 3 post-op: went to my first po appt. Saw my belly. I'm a little discourage because there's swelling. There's a bump over my belly button and some rolls on the right side but PS says it's do to swelling but somehow my mind wants to think it's going to stay that way....which scars me :( so a bit sad.

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You look great. I had my surgery yesterday and didn't get to see the belly yet. I am excited to see it next tuesday :)
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Wow, what a difference! Any chance that the way you've been sitting or lying is influencing the shape of your swelling?
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Hi Glady77...just wanted to say hello and your after pic looks awesome..HAng in there!! I got my drain out today and it feels soo much better. I am swollen too, but more under my boobs, upper abs, where they did a lot of tightening I think. My biggest challenge is to stand up straight when I walk!! Don't panic and remember it will all be worth it. I am pretty happy because my yoga pants look so much looser on my lower belly than before surgery! :)
Just wanted to say have a great day. Hubby is away but I will post some after pics soon. xx
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Hi! This is day 4 po. Woke up feeling good! No...

Hi! This is day 4 po. Woke up feeling good! No pain, thank goodness. My binder is uncomfortable, it rides up and it rubs against my incision, making the drains wholes hurt (like a burning sensation). I wore a tank top underneath so it's a little better with the rubbing bit still it rides up :((. I have actually stood up straight since 2day po. I asked my doctor yesterday if it was ok because it doesn't hurt, and he said you can. Listen to your body. If it let's you stand straight then stand straight. So, I'm good there. Can't wait for the drains to come out. He said next Monday he will take them out and give me a new type of garnet. I just pray that it is better than this binder. That's all for now!!

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Hi Helen! Yes, this darn binder rides up and it bothers my incision :(( can't wait to get another one!! How are u doing?
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major cabin fever, bored out of my mind for sure and super puffy, besides that great LOL
Looking good!! I hated the first binder, it would constantly ride up and rub the drain and incision. It was really uncomfortable. Wearing the spanx now it's not too bad.
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Day 5 po. ( including Monday my surgery date) I...

Day 5 po. ( including Monday my surgery date) I noticed today thaty belly button is not centered. Super bumb about that. Will bring it up on mondays appt. Haven't taken any pain killer since yesterday morning. Just swollen. One of the drains wholes bother me :(, I look at my belly but I don't know if I like it. Yes, I'm flat but I have concerned in a few areas ;((

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Hey sassy45, that's kinda what my ps told me about the pain of recovering from Breast lift and tummy tuck! He said the tt pain would far outshine the blift pain so it would make that recovery easier! lol, I opted not to do the lift this go round!
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Hi Glady, glad you're doing ok, one tip about seeing your new belly - get a facelift and eyelid reduction too, you'll be so worried about your face that you won't care what your belly looks like!! Only kidding luv, i'm sure it will be absolutely fine, just like my face will hopefully! Take care and happy healing.
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Holy Smokes!  You look fantastic.   Don't worry about the lumps and bumps right now.  Too early to tell with swelling and all. 

Your belly button could also look a little off due to the swelling.  It will settle down.

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Hi. Day 6 ( not including surgery day). Been...

Hi. Day 6 ( not including surgery day). Been feeling great. Have not taken any pain meds for a couple of days. Although last night out of no where I had a coughing attack. I could not control it. I sucked on 3 cough drops and that calmed it down. A terrible pain immediately followed my first cough right over my belly button. Once I was done with this horrific coughing attack I looked in the mirror and I had a lump over my bb. I took at that point a regular Tylenol extra strength and went back to my recliner. Wow, I couldn't believe that just happened. I hope and pray that I did not pop some stitches or have any permanent damage to my belly :( awww, barely slept thinking about it. I looked this morning and the darn lump was still there. And I was feeling great even walking almost straight again. Has this happened to any of u ladies? What was the outcome?

I have appt tomorrow to remove both drains and to get a different CG, I'll bring it up and see what he says. So down :((

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1 week po today! Feeling good. Moving around just...

1 week po today! Feeling good. Moving around just fine. standing straight but back still hurts....hum, wonder why. Maybe because I'm still sleeping on the recliner? Miss my bed and my husband, but I think i'll stay on the recliner till friday. And then try out the bed. I have a new compression garment. Which is tight tight tight! Yikes! At this point i prefer my binder. Dr. said everything looks good and he will see me Aug 15! I can shower too!!! Yippy!!!!! =))

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LOL, sassy45!!!! Thank you Kimmers25!! Went to my one week appt and i got my drains out! WOW! It feels great not to lug those things around with me. Oh, and I have a new compression garment, goodness it's sooooo tight! I think i prefer the binder!!
Doing great though! Doc says I'm healing nicely. So that's great!! Standing straight but my back hurts. Still sleeping in the recliner =( boohooo....miss my bed and my husband!
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I'm doing will today! Feel great! I just need a...

I'm doing will today! Feel great! I just need a little help.

Hi Ladies, quick question: where do I go to buy a really good compression garment? I have the one the PS gave me but it is so tight it makes me want to puke. I emailed the office manager at my PS office asking her if I can purchase a bigger size CG and she said not to waste my money, to continue to wear that one that in a few days I will fit comfortably. I don't think I can wear that a few days and let alone to sleep =(. So I'm on a hunt for a good CG that fits correctly and doesn't make me cry because I can't breath. Thank you!!!!

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Day 8 po. Feel great can't complain!! I just got...

day 8 po. Feel great can't complain!! I just got out of the shower and I was really looking at my belly...I know I look 100% better then I did before. I don't have the pregnant belly anymore. I'm just not quite in love with it. It's awkward looking. I looks some what square and my belly button is shifted to the left. I asked my PS about that he said that's my body. I have scoliosis, which is what's causing me to stand slanted. I couldn't tell it was slanted be cause I had such a bulge. So, that has me really sad. I haven't showed my husband my belly yet. I'm embarrassed. Sorry everyone, I had to vent =(

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Awwww, Just me 99...Thank you for your kind words. Yes, i look much better then before. I'll show him in due time. =)) By the way you look great too!!!!
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I'm not in love with my belly either. I'm far from a super model but I look so much better than before. You shouldn't be embarrassed to show your husband. You look amazing!!
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Oh! Awesome!! Thank u mom2four :))
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Day 10 po and feeling pretty good. After buying 5...

Day 10 po and feeling pretty good. After buying 5 different compression garment at the end i ended up wearing the one from the PS office. I emailed the office manager today at the PS office with a concern. I have a bulge over my belly button. It looks horrible and it hurts to the touch. I'm thinking that my MR has come undone on the top part of my abs. Which goodnes I hope that's not the case. I did get a call from the office manager and she said I could have popped a stitch. I was researching and I read that yes, MR can come undone =( scary. I've read tons of cases of women that this has happen to. Unfortunately, my PS is on Vacation and won't be back sooner that my next appt which is Aug.17 =(( That's a long time. I guess will see how the bulge develops. I hope and pray that it flattens out!! Thanks for reading.

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How's it going????
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checking in on ya!
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Hey, Just wanted to say you look amazing!! Hang in there, every day gets better!!!
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It's been a while since I updated. I finally went...

It's been a while since I updated. I finally went to my appt, after 3 weeks of waiting for my PS to get back from his vacation. He said the lump over my bb could be a few things but he doesn't know by just looking at it. I have to wait a couple of months till my swelling goes down, and if by then i still have a lump or it continues to hurt then he would have to do a sonogram to find out what going on. I ordered my stage 2 compression garment and bought safeguard gel to put on my scar. I'm very swollen after just a few hours of being awake until I go to bed =( i really hope this swelling goes away and all these lumps and bumps disappear or smooth out. I hope you are all well. =)) Gladys

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Looking forward to new pics too!
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Thank you all for all the wonderful and sweet comments. I updated my review, so feel free to read it. Thank you for checking in on me!! Means a lot =))
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