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Colette Brewster

Life finally makes sense

Well its not been an easy 7 months. As a very athletic physically active person, i have always had a body that was in great shape. Having my two girls in my twenties, i hadnt plan on having any babies past 30. How life loves to throw us curve balls. 4 years later and my new partner and I are expecting. I am over the moon to say the least. The pregnancy was a welcomed challenge, morning sickness, headaches and a fibroid in my uterus lining, not to mention hemroids, which for the record I knew nothing about in my previous pregnancies, so that was not fun. Skip and jump to the end and i am at 42 weeks. Shocking as my other two came at 37, ok no problem, this will be a breeze. First baby was 12 hours natural labor, second one was 6 hours at home birth, ill be out of there in 4 hours max. Easy breezy. Man oh man was i wrong, 22 hours later and an emergency c section, our little girl came into the world. So grateful for the medical intervention , as we both may not be here if that option wasn't available. However i had no idea how hard the recovery is, as so many women sign up to get c sections making it seem like its the easier choice. To be honest i would take a natural birth any day! Anyways, being me it disnt take me long till i was getting back into the workout active daily life (of course cleared by my gyno) but i was struggling to loose the belly fat, not to mention this over hang over my scar which was so disturbing to my eye. Thankfully my partner is so supportive, he help me many times as i would cry wondering if i would ever have a normal stomach again. Yes of course you will, you just need to be patient he would say, time and time again. 8 months later and strict workouts and eating very healthy my stomach has gone down substantially but i still have this flap. It terrifies me, and i have begun researching on how to get rid of it. Most of the surface info is plaster surgery, but this is not something i want to do, especially knowing we want more babies. Thankfully and hopefully i have come across a page that speaks about massaging the scar tissue of your c section. I only started a couple weeks ago, but fo feel a change, so gingers crossed, as i would love to have a flat stomach someday.

7 months ago

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Ana Cuadra

First time mama, easy does it

’m an emergency c section mama too and similar to you, even though I’m grateful for the medical intervention, I’m holding a lot of resentment that this is how I had to birth my baby. I look at my scar (not to mention my stomach) and I hate it. I started physical therapy and we’re doing scar mobilization to help heal properly and get my core strength back. It’s made me feel great to know that I’m seeking professional help. It’s my gift to myself for having gone through such a traumatic experience.

7 months ago

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Diana Orenstein

Wife, mom, sister, foodie, triathlete

I was going to say the same thing! A physical therapist told me that one of the best things one can do for a post-C-section tummy is to massage the scar line. Glad you got the same info and so glad to hear it’s helping!

7 months ago