Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tummy Tuck Update............

It has been almost 8 weeks since my surgery and I am feeling great! I thought I would answer a few questions that I've received and give you guys a picture update. 

Your support and comments have been so amazing throughout this process, and have made me feel it's okay to share with you guys the "real me". Thank you so much for that.

Why I had the surgery. 
When I was pregnant with Carson I was considered a rare case. They still to this day do not have an exact diagnosis for what happened to me while I was pregnant. I went into labor with him at 35 weeks. I had not dilated at all so they decided to put me on terbutaline (a medicine to stop contractions). After that I started to rapidly gain fluid. I am talking 5 to 6lbs a week. At 36 weeks my doctors decided to preform an Amniocentesis on me to see if Carson's lungs were developed and to try and figure out my fluid gain, and hopefully to preform a c-section. His lungs, unfortunately, were not developed enough so I was put on bed rest and a higher dose of terbutaline. During those last three weeks I gained 20 extra pounds of fluid! I have kinda blocked that time out in my head, because it was a scary and painful time. All of this to say, my skin ended up badly stretched and covered in marks. I was measuring at 43 weeks when they delivered him at 39 weeks if that tells you anything. My doctors said when they cut me open it was like a swimming pool of fluid gushed out. But, my sweet Carson was 100% healthy and came out with a great set of lungs and that is ALL that mattered. 

After this pregnancy I was left with loose skin and stretch marks. I felt insure when in my swimsuit, and after having Taylor and deciding we were done having babies, I decided this was something I wanted fixed.

Here's a picture of me at 38 weeks with Carson, and our dog Rocky.

Would I have the surgery again?
Yes, I would 100% have the surgery again. The reason that I had this surgery was to remove loose skin on my stomach that couldn't be removed with any amount of exercise or diet. I also had a pocket of scar tissue above my c-section scar that I wanted removed. If you've had a c-section you probably know what I am talking about. That pocket of tissue and most of my loose skin are gone now. I still have some above my belly button, but I knew that could not be removed with a mini tummy tuck.  I was hopeful that my stretch marks would mostly be gone, but unfortunately they are still there. They do look a little less visible though and the doctor has plans to put me on Retin A over the winter to help with these.  He also plans to cut the loose skin above my belly button in a few months (it's that weird ball looking thing above). All in all I am happy that I had this surgery. It is still swollen and by the end of the day very noticeable. But it's a 6 month to a year healing process, so I know it's not done working its magic yet ;) 

Have I changed my diet and exercise since the surgery?
Nope, not at all. But I had no intentions in doing that:) I know a lot of you follow me on Instagram and get to see some of the not so healthy stuff I eat. I have always believed in balance. I love burgers and cheese fries and I honestly don't think I could live without them. My friends joke that I have the appetite of a man ha! I usually try to eat healthy for two days then for the next two days I eat what I want. Then, the next day back to healthy eating, so on and so on. I feel like it shocks my body and I am able to maintain my weight by doing this. It's just what I have found that works for me. My exercise is also the same. I weight train hard twice a week, cardio hard once a week(usually sprints), and the other two days bare class or incline walking on the treadmill.

Wow, that was a lot. If you are still reading, thanks for your patience, time, and interest in my journey. You guys are so awesome!!

Some of you have mentioned that you can't see this is my swimsuit, and from a distance it's really not that noticeable. But, Todd is standing about 6 inches away from me with a 50 mm lens. So y'all are seeing the up close and personal real deal :)

Now you will notice I look a bit slimmer in my after. Some has to do with the loose skin, and to be honest the other has to do with my diet. I did make an effort at the beginning of summer to add in a few more clean eating days :) 

 8 weeks After:


I had planned to make this post all  tummy tuck, but realized late last night that Nordstroms did some crazy good markdowns. And I know with these brands they won't last long, so I wanted to share!!! They finally marked down this Parker dress that I have been drooling over for months!!!

A few more markdowns worthy of mentioning!