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My Second Entry – Still Trying to Accept Me (Angele)

June 18, 2009

Original entry here.

~Your Age: 28.. almost 29.
~Number of pregnancies and births: 2
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: My children are almost 8 and almost 4; 3 and a half years PP.

Hello to all you wonderful ladies,

I have written in here before and wanted to update. In my last entry (3 years and still this?!?!) I talked about saving up for a tummy tuck; I had my first consultation with a plastic surgeon and I found out that I would indeed benefit from a TT. I have abdominal diastasis (muscle seperation) of approx. 3 inches. The Dr. explained my stomach to me, regarding the weird indent I have on my bottom belly..you can actually see where the muscle is seperated!…

I have lost some weight since my last entry, and it has not improved the look of my stomach, if anything it just hangs more now. I visit this site every day to simply get inspired and hope to find the strength and courage you ladies have. It is always difficult to see the beauty in oneself.. I hope to get there one day!

For now, I am content in seeing the beauty of my 2 little girls who make it all worth it! :)

My pictures are as follows:
3.5 years PP:
Pic 1: front sucked in
Pic 2: front relaxed
Pic 3: side relaxed
Pic 4: side sucked in
Pic 5: Muscle split
Pic 6:My little ones :)

Updated here.

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6 Responses to “My Second Entry – Still Trying to Accept Me (Angele)”

  1. Catherine S Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Deciding on whether or not you want to have surgery is very difficult decision to make. Sounds like you are planning on going ahead with it and good for you. After 4 kids in 5 years, my mother underwent a TT and she still says it is the best thing she ever did for herself. I hope that your doctor is able to give you the results you are looking for. I still think your body is beautiful the way it is even if you don’t. Good luck!!!

  2. Lee Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    can i ask how tall you are and how much you weighed at first trimester?

  3. Angèle Says:
    June 18th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you Catherine! I will be getting pregnant one more time (gestational surrogate) and plan on having the TT afterwards! So yes I am doing it! And cant wait!

    Lee: I am 5`1 and I started my pregnancy at 140lbs. (by the end of my first trimester I’d say I gained 20 lbs) Gained a total of 60lbs by the end(2 bags of water and 8lb baby)

  4. Allison Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    My tummy skin looks pretty much like yours, but my stretch marks are still very red and angry :) But I’ll tell you, regular bellydance will fix your diastasis. I used to do it before pregnancy, too. Incidentally, I had a nearly 10lb baby and never a bit of back pain. Didn’t get rid of my saggy skin after the birth but my tummy pooch has pulled back in, my posture has improved and my diastasis (about 2 finger-widths) disapeared after only a month or so of returning to dance a few times a week. Just get a really good teacher and have fun :)

  5. H Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Good luck with your operation, I hope it brings you everything you hope for :) I am also in the consultation stage for surgery, but my surgery will be a bit lower down if you get what I mean!!

  6. Cheryle Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Good luck. I understand the desire to have a tummy tuck and if you think it will help you feel better about yourself I say GO FOR IT. However, I just wanted to say that your stomach looks just like the most of ours…Beautiful.

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