Morning sickness, gas, hemorrhoids, back pain and swollen feet are bad enough. Then you have to deal with what your body looks like after the 40 weeks are up.
Even if you get back to your pre-baby weight, you are often left with stretch marks and a saggy belly. This can lead to baggy shirts–maybe even, these jeans, to hide that pooch.
Anne Gorfinkle, a local mom of three is tired of the question, “When are you due?”. She’s not expecting anything but her 18-month-old to throw his peas on the floor. She has reached her goal weight and is slim, but three large babies have stretched her stomach out. She is considering a tummy tuck, but before she goes under the knife, she wants to give it her all at the gym…
“I never had this problem before. I could usually lose the baby fat with out too much drama. At 45, the case is very different. Baby #3 has left his mark. After being told by two plastic surgeons, a personal trainer and one gynecologist that I have a case of twin tummy and will never be able to get rid of it on my own without surgery, I found out how much a tummy tuck would cost here in New Jersey. It starts at $10,000 on up with surgery and recovery costs.
Eeeek, the price is so high! Not just monetarily, but physically and emotionally, too. There can be complications: infections and permanent scaring. These are things I would rather avoid.
I have three small children at home and if something went terribly wrong, what kind of legacy I would leave my family? My obit would read: “45-year-old woman dies of vanity.” Not what I am hoping for.
So to sum it up, I’m going to give Pilates a try. It is designed to focus on the core and nothing but the core. I would not describe myself as athletic in the least, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I will document my progress and see if it works. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Wish me luck…..”
Here is Anne’s before picture. Fingers crossed for Pilates.
Have you considered a tummy tuck? Have you had one?