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#31 of 33 Old 12-02-2009, 07:22 PM
 
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I probably would have done it before DH and I split. Now I gotta find me a sugar daddy who's got some money to blow on my belly!
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I was lucky in the stretchmark department (none) and had 29-week preemies, so honestly the only sign that I had babies is the c-section scar tucked in my bikini line. I had gained 35 pounds at that point and dropped weight like a madwoman at first, but still found that it took 3 months or so before my hipbones and stuff went back to their normal places. I was wearing pants 3-4 sizes bigger than my usual just to accomodate that. One day everything suddenly went back into its correct spot and because of all the calories burned by breastfeeding, I was a skinny minnie until 18 months when I stopped. Now I'm around my pre-pregnancy size, maybe a few pounds more and a little softer in the belly. If I worked out ever that'd probably change.

The biggest thing I remember about my phsyical postpartum experience was the night sweats. They were horrendous. For weeks I soaked my jammies and bed every night. I started putting down bath towels under myself at bedtime and keeping extra jammies next to the bed, and then when I awoke wet I would just peel off the towel, dry myself off, and change into dry jammies. It was awful.

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I gained about 80 lbs with my twins, and although I don't know how much I lost from the birth, by the time they were 3 months old I was 10 lbs BELOW my pre-pregnancy weight (and still eating a pint of ice cream every day). I had to go and buy new pants at 8 weeks b/c all of my pre-pregnancy clothes just hung on me. I could eat ridiculous amounts of food during the first six months I was nursing and still lose weight. Then the demand tapered off I guess.

I never had the sweats post-partum (which is common), but I did pee like a race horse for weeks. It was ridiculous.

I still have extra belly skin; I suppose surgery is the only answer to that, but mine are now 6 years old and the extra skin problem did continue to improve for at least two years after they were born.

I developed a HUGE diastis (separation of your stomach muscles) that my doc said only surgery could fixt, but that has also healed for the most part with the help of yoga (and I didn't have the energy to start exercising till they were almost 3 yo). Just make sure you find someone to help you with the stomach thing that knows what they're doing . . . regular sit ups and crunches will make it worse.

Basically, your body will never be the same again, but you probably won't care

Good luck!!!
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