Wednesday, 09 January 2013
Unless you are one of those women with amazing genes whose body resumes its pre-pregnancy state shortly after having a baby, you should be able to appreciate this. My last baby was born 5 years ago (*sniff*) and I still feel like I'm coming to terms with what my body looks like now. It's not a weight issue for me - I weigh less now than I did before my first child was born (11 years ago, for those of you who like numbers). It's a skin issue, as in it's been stretched to infinity (and beyond) not once, not twice, but four times.
Everything I've read has said there is no way to tone the abdomen enough to counteract loose skin. Everything points me to plastic surgery as the only option. The thing is, I really don't think it is an option for me. I don't begrudge those who have had it - one of my sisters decided breast implants were the way to go after nursing four babies and another sister is having a consult with a surgeon this month to talk about the same thing (plus the "mummy tummy" zone). And I support them 100% because I know how hard it is to see the lasting changes pregnancy and breastfeeding can inflict on your body.
I've never given a tummy tuck or implants serious thought because, well, there is no way our one income family could afford it. Even if we had the expendable income, I just don't know if I could get over the guilt of spending thousands of dollars on my appearance when I could give that money to someone who actually needed it to live. There are also the risks associated with surgery - what if I died on the operating table and left my family to cope with their loss all for the sake of a flat stomach?
All of these ponderings led me to think about my diet. What if I could improve my skins elasticity via nutrition as I continued to work on the muscles underneath? I'm sure I'll never get the "perfect" stomach this way, but it has totally changed my perspective on how I approach eating. Like many people, I think I eat right *most* of the time, but that isn't the same as eating the right foods. So, I'm asking myself questions I've never asked before like, "What do I want from my body in terms of appearance? In terms of performance? In terms of health?"
All my life, any attempts at controlling what I eat have been based on appearance (being thin) and very rarely based on health. I think I'm done with that nonsense. I have a deep desire to find out which foods are going to help my body achieve the goals I will set for it. Now to figure out what those goals are (sagging issues being a given)!
How do you feel about plastic surgery for moms?