Are you suffering from Baby Body Blues?
Everyone loves to talk about how beautiful pregnancy and motherhood are – but what no one talks about are the lasting effects of pregnancy on a woman’s body. After the sleepless nights, adventures in breast-feeding, and excitement of the new baby wear off, you might be surprised to look in the mirror and see a body that has forever changed – and not in a good way. While you try to write it off as part of being a mother and you tell yourself, it’s all been worth it, you may be silently wishing you could go back to the younger, thinner self you remember before you became a mother. Common post-baby body issues:
Your stubborn pregnancy pooch may persist as the abdominal wall muscles and overlying fascia were stretched during pregnancy. This area of the body is looser now, and in addition, you are hormonally predisposed to have resistant fat in this area.
Not only are you changing your baby’s diapers, now you may find you are changing your own as your pelvic floor muscles, the muscles responsible for supporting your internal organs, especially your bladder have weakened due to childbirth.
When you give birth, you push the baby through the cervix and out through the vagina. The entrance of the vagina must stretch to allow the baby through. Sometimes the skin around the vagina may be cut by your doctor or tear to allow the baby through. This stretching, cutting, and tearing can cause the elasticity of the vagina to loosen resulting in general looseness and decreased sexual function or sensation.
Every woman is different, but in some cases, pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause changes to the appearance and density of the breast. Weight gain, weight loss after pregnancy, and nursing for extended lengths of time can have a devastating toll on the skin of the breast – the rapid enlargement of the breast during pregnancy and after, engorgement due to nursing, stretches the skin and can weaken the muscles under and around the breast.
Want your post-baby body back? Let Dr. Walker help!
Pregnancy can take its toll on your body, affecting your breasts, tummy, legs, vagina, and more. Whether you choose a healthy regimen of diet and exercises, minimally invasive cosmetic treatments, cosmetic procedures, or all of the above, you might also consider a Mommy Makeover to get back in shape and look your very best!
The Mommy Makeover, offered by skilled fellowship trained in cosmetic surgery and board certified gynecologist and obstetrician, Dr. Christy Walker, combines the following popular cosmetic procedures:
Abdominoplasty, more popularly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, primarily the lower belly. Additionally, this procedure tightens the muscles and connective tissue to create a flatter, firmer abdomen.
Mammoplasty, more commonly known as breast augmentation, is a very popular and safe surgical cosmetic procedure that reshapes the breast by contouring and resizing, creating a significant change in the appearance of the upper body.
Liposuction is a form of body contouring that surgically removes fat from the body. Many women chose liposuction after repeated attempts to lose weight through diet and exercise. Often pregnancy and age make it harder to lose weight and women also find that fat accumulates in places that it hadn’t previously, such as on the outer thighs, buttocks, and around the abdomen.
Vaginal Rejuvenation is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is used to re-tighten the vaginal muscles and reshape the outer appearance of the vagina. The surgical tightening or retightening of the vaginal muscles and the outer contouring of the labia (labiaplasty) are combined in this procedure to give an overall new, more youthful appearance and feel to the whole vaginal area.
There are three ways to make an appointment with Dr. Walker: