A mother of two admitted she & # 39; thought something was wrong with her & # 39; when she first saw her postpartum body with & # 39; sagging skin & # 39; and a & # 39; distorted & # 39; belly button.
Julieta Torres, 30, who lives in New York, was left with a huge gap in her abdominal muscle after developing a medical condition called diastasis recti during her first pregnancy in 2013.
The blogger from Bogota in Colombia said she noticed that her body looked different from & # 39; other postpartum bodies & # 39 ;, once she was divested after the birth of her son.
The mother of two said she had a lot of extra skin on her lower abdomen and a & # 39; deformed & # 39; navel – which she later discovered was due to a hernia.
A mother of two admitted she & # 39; thought something was wrong with her & # 39; when she first saw her postpartum body with & # 39; sagging skin & # 39; and a & # 39; distorted & # 39; belly button
Three years later, Julieta decided to undergo an abdominal wall correction to restore & # 39; her abdominal muscles & # 39; and relieve the chronic back pain caused by her second pregnancy.
& # 39; After seeing my first son, I noticed that my body was different from all the other postpartum bodies I had ever seen, & # 39; Julieta remembered.
& # 39; I had already lost the weight, but my body still looked different; I had a lot of extra skin, my navel was deformed – I heard later that I had a hernia – and I still had a bump.
& # 39; I had a healthy pregnancy and took care of my postpartum period – following the advice of exercise and healthy eating. & # 39;
The mother of two then went to a doctor, who told her that these physical changes happen to most mothers for the first time and that surgery was the only option.
Julieta Torres, 30, was left with a huge gap in her abdominal muscle after she developed a medical condition called diastasis recti during her first pregnancy (pictured with her sons)
The creator of the content, from Bogota in Colombia, said she noticed that her body looked different from & # 39; other postpartum bodies & # 39; after losing weight after the birth of her son (pictured with her husband and eldest son)
She also discovered that she had a medical condition called diastasis recti, which causes an opening of about 2.7 cm in the abdominal muscle.
& # 39; I asked my OG / GYN and got no explanation. Only that it happened to all mothers and that the only solution was surgery, & she said.
& # 39; I did research into it and found some exercises that seemed to help. I only considered surgery after I had my youngest. & # 39;
The mother's situation deteriorated with her second pregnancy in 2016 because she & # 39; all integrity & # 39; had lost in her abdominal muscles and started getting back pain and digestive problems.
Julieta later decided to undergo a tummy tuck to restore & # 39; her abdominal muscles & # 39; and relieve the chronic back pain caused by her second pregnancy (pictured after surgery)
Only then did Julieta begin to consider tummy tuck correction, because it would repair the muscles and relieve her pain.
She said: & # 39; I had lost all integrity in my abs and my situation worsened. I started getting chronic back pain and incontinence and nothing I did made a significant difference.
& # 39; I started considering surgery. The more I researched, the more I learned that although it was plastic surgery, this procedure would repair the abdominal muscles, help with back pain, incontinence, digestive problems and more.
& # 39; Then I decided to have a consultation with a surgeon. I went back to my country, Colombia, because I knew I could get a great surgeon for a fraction of the cost here in the US.
The mother's situation deteriorated with her second pregnancy in 2016 because she & # 39; all integrity & # 39; had lost her abdominal muscles and started to get back pain (photo: Julieta with her sons)
& # 39; I also have my family there and they can help me during the recovery, because my children are still small. & # 39;
But Julieta said that although the surgery removed her extra skin, she still has stretch marks on her lower abdomen.
She said: “The recovery was hard and painful, but my back pain has almost disappeared, my incontinence has improved and I have no hernia.
& # 39; Although this removes sagging skin, I still have stretch marks on my lower abdomen, but I'm good at that. Like most women, I have always had some uncertainties, but I have always loved my body and was happy with it.
Only then did Julieta begin to consider tummy tuck correction – because it would restore muscles and relieve her pain (pictured with her family)
he mother of two said she could not find other mothers who had a similar struggle during her journey to love her postpartum body (Photo: Julieta when she was pregnant with her second child)
& # 39; I would never want to live without them, they show that my whole body continued to have my children. There are so many women who struggle with infertility and would give anything to have a baby. & # 39;
The mother of two said she was unable to find other mothers who had experienced a similar struggle during her journey to love her postpartum body.
She decided to dedicate an Instagram page to documenting her journey to & # 39; other women hope & # 39; to give.
What is Diastasis Recti?
Diastasis Recti, or divarication, is when the two muscles that run in the middle of the stomach separate during pregnancy.
This is a fairly common condition, but the degree of separation is different for every woman.
Women can notice a bulge on the front of their bulge, above or below the navel.
The divorce will usually go back to normal eight weeks after the baby is born.
But women can be at risk for back problems if the gap is still clear at the moment and should contact their doctor.
How to reduce the size of Diastasis Recti
– Pelvic floor exercises
– Deep abdominal exercises
– Stand up straight and take your posture into account
& # 39; I was not very aware of keeping my body healthy until maybe a year before I became pregnant, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; After I had my first and seen the changes I made, I discovered what diastasis recti was, I started a journey to heal and love my body.
& # 39; I started to get stretch marks around the half year. First one, then two, then ten and by the end of my pregnancy I could no longer count them. & # 39;
Julieta said she first thought something & # 39; was wrong with her & # 39; was when she saw her postpartum body.
She said: & # 39; When I first saw my postpartum body, I thought something was wrong with me.
& # 39; I had never seen anyone like me; you certainly do not see a mother with a belly like mine on the cover of a magazine entitled "How I got my body back".
& # 39; I would find relief by Googling and searching for someone who looked like me. At least I felt less alone. One day I opened a message about it.
& # 39; The number of mothers who thanked me and told me they thought they were the only ones reminded me of how alone I felt. I decided that I wanted to be the person I needed so badly when I first saw my postpartum body.
& # 39; I also get many women after my tummy tuck that thank me for being open about it. There are many women who decide to undergo surgery, but are afraid of the judgment.
& # 39; Surgery is not a bad thing; you can love your body and still want to change things about it, you can love your body and still want to train, apply makeup, color your hair. The most important thing is to always do it from a place of love and not hate & # 39;
The mother of two admitted that she was the & # 39; strongest & # 39; feels that she ever had after the birth of her two children
The mother of two also admitted that she was the & # 39; strongest & # 39; feels that she ever had after the birth of her two sons.
She said: & # 39; A mother's body is a walking miracle. Now after the hard recovery from my surgery, even more so. I feel the strongest I have ever felt in my entire life.
& # 39; The comments and messages that always make me cry are those that tell me that they have finally found someone who looked like them or discovered they had diastasis recti thanks to one of my messages.
& # 39; There is a lack of information about that for mothers and I think it is so important to know what our bodies have received internally. It is not just the stretch marks or extra skin.
& # 39; I am grateful for my body and the journey I have gone through; the large scar that goes from hip to hip and all remaining stretch marks in my body are my battle scars. & # 39;
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