Why I Might Go Under the Knife This Fall

June 15, 2016

Diastasis Recti repair

I have never been someone who has felt good about themselves. Not even when I was a 30 pounds lighter, slim hipped, athletic teen did I ever walk around with an air of confidence let alone a teeny weeny bikini. Nope, I was the one in the one piece and the one with a sweater tied around my waist at all times because “my bum looked big in those jeans”. At 16! Ugh!

Sadly, not much has changed.

I often see inspiration articles in my facebook feed from other women who are proudly putting on their bikinis and saying “I don’t care what you think” and I think that is awesome. But that’s not me. And that’s why tomorrow I have a consult with a plastic surgeon downtown.

OH. EM. GEE.

I can’t even tell you the number of times I have picked up the phone to call and cancel the appointment but then I just calm down and remind myself that it’s “just a consult”.

And why the hesitation? Well, of course there’s the fact that’s it’s major surgery and that all surgery has risks.  And why would I choose to have an elective procedure done when I should just be thankful for the relatively fit and healthy body I have?! And why the f**K am I being so vain? Oh, and there’s also the little thing about the TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS it might cost as well.

Honestly, I hold no judgement with anyone who wants to look and feel better about themselves and wants to have surgery to fix anything about their bodies they are unhappy with. Especially us moms, whose bodies go through an incredible amount of change through pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding (times 2 or 3 or 4…) and have to deal with stretch marks, saggy boobs, loose skin, separated abs and on and on and on. Seriously, i’ll happily give you a high five and a “you go girl!” and bring you casseroles when you are laid up in bed recovering for weeks post surgery.

So why am I going in for a consult? Well, I have written a little bit before about my experience with Diastasis Recti Abdominus (check out the articles here and here ) and what I have been doing to help recover from it over this past year. It’s been a lot of hard, slow work, and things have gotten “better”, but, the bottom line is, you don’t really ever recover from diastasis recti. I have trained my core to function as well as it can despite the the fact that there is still a 3+ cm gap between my abs and my separation will never fully go away without surgical intervention. And as much as I try to be an empowered self confident woman who proudly prances down the beach in her bikini, the truth is that the separation and the surrounding carnage (thanks to an umbilical hernia repair that left me with something that looks like a twinkie lodged under my skin) makes me want to cover myself in a large mumu and hide under the largest rock I can find. And I don’t want to hide anymore!

So, two bits of advice mamas – do yourselves a favour and get checked for diastasis recti and any pelvic floor issues if you haven’t done so already and give yourself the gift of self confidence that you so deserve – whether it’s hiring a trainer, or talking to a psychologist, or getting weekly facials, or going under the knife. Its time to rock that bikini!!

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Hillary June 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I will cheer you on no matter what you decide. I think it’s brave to talk about it and anyone who thinks it’s “vain” can eat a bag of dees.

    • Reply Christine June 16, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks sista. Lots to think about, i’ll keep y’all posted!

  • Reply Laura Toews June 15, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I had a tummy tuck after my fourth baby… was going in to have a medically covered breast reduction and was convinced to have the tummy tuck as well (I had separated abdominal muscles)… I struggled with all of the same feelings you’ve mentioned in your post, the $$, vanity, etc. In the end I’m so happy I did it… almost 7 years later I wouldn’t go back and undo it… if I could offer you advice, my scar is higher than I imagined it would be (hard to hide with bottoms of a two piece) so maybe check with your surgeon about that, my belly button is forever different (like I can point out other tummy tuckers on the beach;)), and still have some numbness below my scar line were the feeling will likely never come back (not a big issue though) but the recovery if you rest a ton is faster and easier than I expected as well. Good luck!

    • Reply Christine June 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing Laura, definitely lots to think about and much more to ask the surgeon(s) – I am going to get a second opinion and consult done as well and I will defintely ask about the scar/belly button/numbness etc. 🙂 Hope you proudly rock that bikini girl!

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