2 weeks PO! Feeling great!

I am 33 years old and have 2 beautiful boys, ages...

I am 33 years old and have 2 beautiful boys, ages 5 and 2 1/2. After the birth of my first son, I was able to lose the baby weight and return to my pre-preggers clothing in 4 weeks (if I had only known then how lucky I was!). The birth of my 2nd was very fast and difficult (total labor was an hour). As a result, I have diastasis recti and an icky tummy that just won't go away. I am SO excited to get my tt done, although I have to admit, I am really nervous!



You will do just fine and soon be home recovering with a new tummy.   It always amazes me what those cute little babies do to our tummies. Ugh!

Glad you are here with us and I look forward to reading your posts and updates.


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I am loving this site! So much useful information....

I am loving this site! So much useful information. I love reading everyones stories and looking at the transformations!

I am having my surgery 4 weeks from today. I just realized that I will miss out on the Easter festivities which really bums me out. Love watching my little ones hunt for Easter goodies. I'm debating on moving my date up, thinking maybe a week sooner. I will have to call my ps to see if that is even a possibility.


Hi Judy! My ps is Dr. Martin O'toole in Pasadena. He and his staff are fantastic! Very warm, friendly and helpful! :)
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We must have the same story...i have a 6 year old and a 14 month old and yes after my second it was down hill...= ( i am now looking into Dr's what ps did you go, i found one in beverly hills but i would like a few other opinions. wish you look will be following up... judymoomy of 2 boys...=)
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Thank you, Kimmers25!! :)
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Well, I ended up changing my procedure date to...

Well, I ended up changing my procedure date to March 21st. Pre-op scheduled for March 9th. Let the countdown begin!


The month will fly by quickly:)

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I had my pre-op appointment yesterday, made the...

I had my pre-op appointment yesterday, made the final payment and pre-registered for my procedure! Definitely feels real now!

I have to say, I was a nervous wreck prior to my appt yesterday but Dr. O'Toole calmed my nerves and I am ready to do this! Looking at everyones pictures before and after is so inspiring. I really can't imagine what it will be like to have a flat tummy again!

10 days to go :D


Well get ready because you are about to find out")

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Thank you, SpecialKay!! Congrats on your surgery, you look GREAT!!!!
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Good luck on your upcoming surgery. I am sure you will not regret it.
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3 more days! Freaking out! I think I have...

3 more days! Freaking out! I think I have everything I need..thanks to all of the suggestions from the ladies on this site! Feeling obsessed at this point, my TT is all I can think about.


Good luck! I'm Thursday:) hope all goes well and a speedy recovery to us all!
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I have 8 days left and freaking out is probably saying it lightly for myself! You will be on the road to recovery sooner than later! Good luck!!!
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The anticipation is the worst, isn't it?!? Thank goodness for this website! Anytime I get too nervous, I read some of the stories of the ladies who have gone before me and it always makes me feel better :)

Well it's been a pretty hectic morning/afternoon...

Well it's been a pretty hectic morning/afternoon but I am home. Yay!!! Woke up with a sore throat this morning, was worried the procedure would be cancelled but it wasnt. Good thing since my MIL flew in from out of state to care for my little ones while I recover :) Bad thing is that I'm now coughing and the pain from that is horrible!!!

Everyone at the hospital was so nice and comforting! Made me feel at ease..thankful for that :)

Hope everyone is recovering well and not in too much pain!


Wishing you a painless speedy recovery!
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I hope u r in very little pain and that your tummy looks flat amazing and low scar. Can't wait for pics
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Hope your pain settles. wishing you a safe and speedy recovery.
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It's day 3 PO and I'm starting to feel better. The...

It's day 3 PO and I'm starting to feel better. The first night was rough because of my cough, 2nd night I had a temp of 102 but all is well now :)
My mother in law is here taking care of my little guys..thank goodness, definitely couldn't have done this without here.
Super swollen but I'll post pics soon.
Hope everyone is feeling great and recovering quickly!


I hope u feel better
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glad to hear that all is coming along! Happy Healing!
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Thank you for the tips! I have been drinking tons of water and hot tea and that had helped! Today is much better in terms of pain..yay!
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Sorry it's taken me so long to update! Last week...

Sorry it's taken me so long to update! Last week was a bit of a roller coaster. I mentioned having a bad cough in my last post, that continued for 3 days...I honestly think each cough hurt worse than child birth! I felt like I was opening my incision with each cough. All I can say is hold a pillow TIGHT to your abdomen if you have the same problem.

I've been off of pain pills for 7 days, just tylenol on occasion. Pain wise, I'm feeling good. Like so many others, I thought I would recovery quickly and just sort of bounce back from this but it is a long, hard recovery. So so so worth it though!! I almost cried when I looked in the mirror for the first time post op. It's been almost 3 years since I had a flat, beautiful tummy. I can't wait until this swelling goes down, first thing on my "to-do list" is shopping!

Still have my drains in which is kind of crummy but I know they serve a purpose so I'm trying to embrace them..LOL.

Hope everyone is feeling well! Loving all of the post-op pics! You girls are going to kill it in a bikini this Summer :D


Congrats an happy healing!!!!
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Thank you, Ladies!! :D
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u look great!!=)))
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Saw my ps yesterday and finally had my drains...

Saw my ps yesterday and finally had my drains removed!! YAY!! I have to say, yesterday was a huge turning point in my recovery. I feel a million times better without the drains, I'm in less pain and standing completely straight. Saw my scar for the first time and it's really not as bad as I expected it to be. I will post pics soon. It's a light pink color and very low. The only thing I'm not sure about is my BB. It looks strange, but I guess that's to be expected? I'm hoping once it heals, it will be nice and cute :)

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Update #2: Should have mentioned that I didn't...

Update #2:

Should have mentioned that I didn't feel a thing when the drains were removed...whew! My bb was sensitive when the stiches were removed but not painful, uncomfortable if anything.

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SpecialKay - you're right, it makes such a difference! Hope the return to work has been ok for you.

Candy - Thank you! So glad you're drain free too! They were horrible! Can't wait to see some post-op pics! :)
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Looks great. So flat!!! I just got my last drain out today. They hurt and were annoying
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Congrats on getting your drains out!! It makes the world of a difference.
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