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post #161 of 339

I just wanted to share a link real quick in light of all the chatter lately about weight gain and worries about post-partum bodies :) I can't vouch for the site itself since I haven't really looked at it, but this blog entry came up on pinterest and I love it. I love the little poem and all the pictures of bellies.  http://www.drmomma.org/2011/05/birthmarks.html

 

Nap time! Hope to write more later :)

post #162 of 339
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I just wanted to share a link real quick in light of all the chatter lately about weight gain and worries about post-partum bodies smile.gif I can't vouch for the site itself since I haven't really looked at it, but this blog entry came up on pinterest and I love it. I love the little poem and all the pictures of bellies.  http://www.drmomma.org/2011/05/birthmarks.html

Nap time! Hope to write more later smile.gif

Oh dear me. This was beautiful... I've been struggling with all the marks I've seemed to develop over the last few days... This made me cry! Everyone is so worth it for our baby girl! *tears*
post #163 of 339
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Originally Posted by cagnew View Post

I just wanted to share a link real quick in light of all the chatter lately about weight gain and worries about post-partum bodies :) I can't vouch for the site itself since I haven't really looked at it, but this blog entry came up on pinterest and I love it. I love the little poem and all the pictures of bellies.  http://www.drmomma.org/2011/05/birthmarks.html

 

Nap time! Hope to write more later :)

Definitely tear-inducing. Thanks so much for sharing!

post #164 of 339

Blood work from my recent test was normal!

post #165 of 339

Congrats Munchkin!

 

I just got the good to go on the glucose test as well as learned my previa has entirely cleared since I first knew of it at 18 weeks. Yay! 

post #166 of 339
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Congrats Munchkin!

 

I just got the good to go on the glucose test as well as learned my previa has entirely cleared since I first knew of it at 18 weeks. Yay! 


Great great news!!!!

post #167 of 339
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Originally Posted by cagnew View Post

I just wanted to share a link real quick in light of all the chatter lately about weight gain and worries about post-partum bodies :) I can't vouch for the site itself since I haven't really looked at it, but this blog entry came up on pinterest and I love it. I love the little poem and all the pictures of bellies.  http://www.drmomma.org/2011/05/birthmarks.html

 

Nap time! Hope to write more later :)

 

I don't know...I can live with the stretch marks, they will fade. Even though mine are criss-crossed all over my belly from my last 2 pregnancies and are now getting higher with this one. Its the saggy skin that bothers me. I love my kids though and I've never been ashamed of my body.

post #168 of 339
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I don't know...I can live with the stretch marks, they will fade. Even though mine are criss-crossed all over my belly from my last 2 pregnancies and are now getting higher with this one. Its the saggy skin that bothers me. I love my kids though and I've never been ashamed of my body.

 

I love sites like that, that we can all be so open about things and make it normal and BEAUTIFUL and not disgusting!!!!  Just like that "shape of a mother" site.

 

I'm fine with my stretchmarks, too.  I have a ton...a "tiger attack" belly.  Even the sagginess that lasts for a long time...a friend once described it as a ground beef belly right after birth.  I'm okay with that too.  But for me it's REALLY hard to feel okay with holding on to a lot of extra weight.  Not for appearances, necessarily (though I vainly admit, that is a big part of it...unlike stretchmarks, the weight is pretty obvious), but because it just doesn't feel like "me" anymore and I know that my body struggles with adjusting to carry it, if that makes sense.

post #169 of 339
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I'll admit I HATE the saggy skin. HATE it. If someone offered me a free tummy tuck I'd do it in a heartbeat.

 

This time I'm going to use a belly binder and hopefully that will help.

post #170 of 339

I bet it will!  It totally made a difference for me.  It wasn't a cure-all or anything, but definitely a few steps up from going without one.  And it just felt SO much better overall...just tighter and firmer, even in the first days after birth when I'd take the binder off.

post #171 of 339

IronMam - I'm with you on hating the saggy skin. I plan to use a binder as well and hope it helps even a little bit.

 

 

I have a bit of weight to lose as well and hopefully will now that my Hashimoto's is being treated. I know I'm bound to have a lot of extra skin from that so I might actually look into corrective surgery at some point in the future. DH and I agreed that if I can reach a comfortable weight and maintain it for an extended period of time, that we will begin to save for corrective surgery. I admit some of it will be for the vanity of it, but it will make a huge difference in how I feel mentally and emotionally about myself. It's been a huge struggle and has impacted my relationship with DH. If I can get close to where I was when I first moved here, it will make such a big difference all around. 

post #172 of 339

What's the best source for the belly binder?

post #173 of 339
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What's the best source for the belly binder?

I was just going to get a Belly Bandit from Amazon.

post #174 of 339
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What's the best source for the belly binder?

 

I've never purchased the actual Belly Bandit, just a post-surgical binder (ITA-Med, I believe), and before that had used a wide Ace Bandage!

 

I actually have pics of my binding "journey".....

post #175 of 339

I think the ITA-MED is what I got too. I purchased it on Amazon. I do have a belly bandit somewhere that I bought after DD1 but I wasn't consistent with wearing it. This time I will make sure I wear them.

post #176 of 339
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I've never purchased the actual Belly Bandit, just a post-surgical binder (ITA-Med, I believe), and before that had used a wide Ace Bandage!

 

I actually have pics of my binding "journey".....

 

Can you share the pics? =)

post #177 of 339

Of course! :)  I just had to find the disc they were on, I'm re-uploading them to my old belly binding post now. :)

post #178 of 339
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Of course! :)  I just had to find the disc they were on, I'm re-uploading them to my old belly binding post now. :)

 

Okay, here is my original thread from after DS was born.  I figured there was no use in starting a new one, but my photobucket pics had been deleted so I just had to find them and add them back into the post.  I feel weird having these bare belly pics up all the time so I might remove them again eventually, but for now I'm keepin' it real. ;)

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1205782/my-belly-binding-experience-w-pics-3-week-pp-update#post_15191113

 

(oh and FWIW, I don't antcipate ever looking like that 6w pre-pg pic again! LOL)

post #179 of 339

Aaaand, while I'm at it, sharing pics of an ugly looking belly, I might as well share my first "face pic" on here. ;)  So here ya go, now ya'll know what I look like. :)

 

 

post #180 of 339
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Aaaand, while I'm at it, sharing pics of an ugly looking belly, I might as well share my first "face pic" on here. ;)  So here ya go, now ya'll know what I look like. :)

 

 

 

You are so cute!!!  I just want to squuuuiiiiiish your face (if that's not too weird).  LOL.  I am glad to be able to picture you now.

 

ETA Do you guys think this diastasis recti splint would work as a belly binder? 

http://www.diastasisrehab.com/diastore/product_info.php?cPath=1_7&products_id=68

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