Hernia Repair And…..A Tummy Tuck. It’s Happening.

Tomorrow I am getting my hernia fixed and a tummy tuck.

I’m very excited but I’ve debated blogging about this decision for ages.

Why I’m nervous to share this part of my life?  I can just imagine people chiming in already with  “love yourself for who you are” “embrace the mummy tummy” blah blah blah.

So why blog about it?

  1. I share a lot of my life online with you all, and I pride myself with being open and honest with you all. Basically I try to keep it real.
  2. If I didn’t share this I would feel dishonest, like I was hiding something. That doesn’t sit right with me. This I a personal space, so it is just pointless if I don’t share personal changes in my life. There are definitely some things off limits, but this isn’t
  3. I have already shared my previous experience with plastic surgery. 
  4. I want you to realise that it’s ok to do something like this for yourself. I’m not saying everyone has to get rid of excess skin, if you are happy with it then that’s awesome. But if you’re not, and you want to do something about it then that’s ok too.
  5. I feel there is so much pressure either way on women these days, you can’t win. People being made to feel embarrassed that they are “vain” enough to want to make a change, to feeling extreme pressure to accept their tiger stripes and be proud of them. Which is funny, because I don’t mind my stretch marks at all, they don’t actually bother me and yes, are a visual reminder of the amazing thing my body did, grow and carry twins. For me it’s the excess skin that they cause that has lead me to this.

Why I’m getting this done?

  1. It all started with my hernia. I have one in my groin which is really strange for women to get during pregnancy. They usually get them around their belly button. But mine is a complication from my c-section and still suffering from hyperemesis. The constant heaving and vomitting caused a tear in my abdominal wall. It can only be fixed via surgery. I put it off for the last 3 years as it wasn’t causing me too much pain yet and the recovery would be tough with small very dependent babies.
  2. The last 6 months it has gotten worse and worse, if I sneeze or cough now I have to hold the area to stop it protruding and if I move in certain directions (twisting etc) fast it is such a sharp take your breathe away pain. So time to get that sucker fixed.
  3. My excess skin has bothered me for 3 years now. I literally can feel it on my lap when I sit down. It gets in the way of how I dress. I know a lot of you will think I’m crazy and don’t think I have this tummy at all, but I hide it well. I have naturally very slim legs/ams etc so people always tell me I’m being silly when I say my midsection is a problem. I wear baggy tops, dresses, nothing from fitting to hide my “issue”.  It’s been a problem even when I have been much lighter than I am now, the skin just gets in the way. Jeans are a nightmare, to buy jeans that fit my legs I get massive issues with the skin on my stomach spilling out everywhere…but to get jeans that fit around/accomodate that skin they are massive on my legs and actually fall down constantly.
  4. The two procedures can be done in one go as the incision for the hernia repair is the same area as the TT. Ideal. I also have the hernia part of the operation covered by ACC as it’s a complication from the c-section. So it just seemed right to combine them and have the down time all in one hit and have some of the hospital/theatre costs etc covered.

So there it is, I hope you are all supportive during this time. I can tell you I won’t have the energy to deal with anyone making snarky comments about it and they will be deleted.  Trust me, I do love myself, this isn’t going to make me love myself any more (I’m very good at accepting not so ideal things about myself, hello full body hair loss!). It’s just a step to make me feel more comfortable in day to day life, literally. I won’t have something dragging me down around my middle. Oh and I can tell you now I can’t imagine doing before and afters as it’s not about that for me.

So, I’m going to be stuck in a jazzy recliner power chair I have hired for the next few weeks, so hit me with some good tv series recommendations that I can get stuck into. I’m going to have ALOT of spare time!

 

 

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28 Comments

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    All the best Anna take good care of yourself❤it’s not nice living with that pain you will be happy when it’s all sorted❤

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    Good on you Anna! I think it’s brave and I especially think it’s braver telling everyone. Sending lots of healing vibes and you will back in action feeling fab in no time
    – OA (Netflix, crazy nuts but awesome)
    – stranger things (also crazy nuts)
    – The Affair
    – The Fall
    – The crown
    – Begin Again (movie)
    – Gilmore Girls
    – Broad Church
    So much on Netflix!

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    Good for you, why not I say. If I had the money I would totally get one and my boobs reduced! 🙂 good luck! I just started watching 13 reasons why on Netflix, it’s definitely one you can binge watch, and if you’ve never seen Friday night lights you could totally watch that. Awesome show to binge watch.

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    Awesome blog Anna. I follow you through social media and I think it’s awesome you can speak freely about this. I know a lot of us mums would like to get work done including me after my 3rd baby, we all have our insecuritys, and to hell with what others think!
    Hope it all goes well and recovery is sweet.
    Btw – You, me, her is a good series on Netflix.
    Take care xo

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    Wishing you well. I think these sound like very valid reasons for having both surgeries and I know I would too. You’ll feel amazing after. How we feel in the body can affect how we feel in our mind and it’s important to look after both Xxx

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    Good on you Anna! I can’t believe people would post negative comments. You have shared so much with us. I admire you for sharing your family life with us. You don’t miss out bits to make your children out to be perfect – you tell the truth which makes me as a Mum feel good as no child is perfect and we all have bad days.
    I hope your op and recovery goes well. Happy Netflicking.

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    Good on you Anna! I can’t believe people would post negative comments. You have shared so much with us. I admire you for sharing your family life with us. You don’t miss out bits to make your children out to be perfect – you tell the truth which makes me as a Mum feel good as no child is perfect and we all have bad days.
    I hope your op and recovery goes well. Happy Netflicking.

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    Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery xx watch Outlander on Lightbox ( awesome!!) , Vikings ( violent but hot Vikings and great plot 😉 .

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    Anna it’s awesome to read this, go you! We need more ladies talking about the honest stuff. Admire your honesty, good luck!!
    Have you seen Grace and Frankie on Netflix, so good!

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    All the best Anna, I’m newly pregnant (first) and so sick, I’ve been reading your old blogs about your pregnancy as inspiration that I can do this. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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    Good luck I am sure you will feel so much better. My daughter in law has had 2 sets of twins naturally and would love to be able to have her tummy fixed. We are trying to find a way we can help pay for that as I know it will make her feel a beautiful woman again. You go girl and will be great to hear how it goes.

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    Omg I have exactly the same issue post my twins / jeans are my worst nightmare ! Look forward to following your journey / good on you

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    Hope everything goes well and you have a speedy recovery! Don’t bother with the haters you are doing this for you and that’s all that matters 🙂 My Netflix suggestion is Shameless (the U.S version) all six seasons of it .. great viewing !

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    Good on you and thanks for sharing. I had my fourth baby in November last year and have a shocking pouch! Would love to get this done one day. Hope your recovery goes well xxx

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    Bloody loving tv these days. Binge watched both seasons of unreal, riverdale, the crown, reign, my crazy ex girlfriend, big little lies, Friday night lights, designated survivor, narcos, suits, flesh and bone… I have a chronic kidney disease which means a lot of down time, and I tell you what it’s a whole lot easier this days with such quality tv!!

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    I’ve just had my second surgery for my tummy tuck! After 2 pregnancys my kids left me looking still heavily pregnant also with excess skin. It was so bad the surgeon said it was one of the worst he’s seen, and he couldn’t get completely flat in just one surgery. I’m in Australia tho and managed to get the hospital fees covered. Recovery was not at all as bad or as long as I expected/was told and was pretty much back to most things after about 2 weeks with the first surgery and about 10days with the second. Just not heavy lifting (picking up kids!) good luck and all the best, you will feel like a new person!

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    Netflix – Orange is the new black is just about THE best programme I’ve ever watched (I won’t judge you so don’t judge me ) and Grace & Frankie. Good luck tomorrow.

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    Good luck Anna! It’s a life changing surgery! Iv’e had this done too after two kids and a huge weight loss! The recovery time was worth the end result! I looved watching Jane the Virgin 🙂

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    Hope your recovery is going well Anna! I just had a mini TT, breast implants removed and fat transfer (Lypo) a couple of days before your op. Pretty jolly painful but recovering well. So worth it!! Take care and hope you’re not too addicted to Netflix 🙂

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