Hi everyone! I've been the classic lurker of all of your experiences for the last several months. So here's my story... I'm now 45 and yes, today is my birthday. I decided to schedule my tummy tuck and muscle repair as a "reset" button for myself. I can honestly say that I'm not nervous anymore. Why am I have this procedure? I'd say as a huge self-esteem boost. I don't want to have to explain the reason that I look pregnant anymore. I'd like to go to the pool and look decent in a swim suit. I want to be able to zip up a coat like a normal person.
I'm married and have three beautiful daughters ages 14, 9 and 6. Like many of you, I had three c-sections, and along with family genetics, my midsection will never be the same. I was diagnosed with diastatis recti in 2009 and I feel like I finally got up the courage to correct this issue. I have a plastic surgeon, but also a general surgeon who will repair a small umbilical hernia, tighten the stomach muscles and then cover the entire area with mesh. I think the moment I realized I had to do something was when the general surgeon said I had a "complete loss of domain" and I didn't need to look like I did. In fact, I hope I never hear again, "Congratulations! When are you due?" I've followed all of your advice and my first floor is all set-up for when I come home. I feel like I'm ready thanks to all of you. I told my surgeons that my only expectation is that they repair my abs.
I know I have a long road ahead in terms of healing and taking care of myself. I'll post some photos when I get home, but I look forward to writing lots more in the days to come!