Hello, again! It’s only been one month since my last update on my postpartum core situation, but I have thoughts (uh-oh, haha). I want to share some photos that I’m slightly hesitant to post because I prefer to focus more on the functionality of our postpartum bodies rather than aesthetics. Otherwise it often becomes a comparison game, which is just insane in the membrane.
Each body is so different with different physical and emotional milestones, not to mention genetics or varying health conditions which may affect weight gain/weight loss, skin elasticity, etc. One person may think, “Hey! she looks great for having twins, or even if it was just one baby!” And another may feel, “WOW…she has a lot of work to do.” or, “Look at that crazy belly button and loose skin!”. Yep, that’s what a postpartum umbilical hernia looks like, my friends. Well, mine anyway 😜. But honestly, I don’t entertain one ounce what others may think since I have my own ideas for improvement while maintaining what I think is a healthy degree of satisfaction and pride in what this body has done for me and my family. Carrying and bringing forth 4 little bodies within 5 years (and 2 at the same time!)….it’s really incredible to think about when I say it like that!
As for tummy documentation, I have snapshots of the twin aftermath at 5 weeks postpartum, 7 weeks, and then not again until 5 months (it’s like I’ve been busy or something). I’m at 6 months now, and feel like not much has changed since the most recent photo one month ago…although the bloat factor DOES shift around a bit depending on a few things like diet within the previous few days, adequate hydration, hormones, etc. (I’m not alone here, right?!).
I feel like this was a good day with minimal bloat, woohoo! Also note in the photo showing my C section incision that I’m lifting up my skin to actually give you a decent view. The stitching was cleanly done and overall healed up as well as I could have hoped for…and that’s enough for me, for now. And what else can we do but live in the ‘now’ and just be grateful? Grateful for our amazing bodies that can do hard things.