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Posted Apr 09 2011 11:30pm
I'm having surgery in November or December to repair the damage my pregnancy with Franky did to my belly button and abdominal wall. I have a one-inch umbilical hernia and a one-inch gap in my abdominal wall. They never healed after Franky was born, but thankfully, didn't get any worse during my pregnancy with Marija. I could leave them alone until after I'm done having babies, but the hernia caused serious pain during my pregnancy with Marija and hurts me now from time-to-time, so my midwife thinks it'd be best to have it fixed now, as well as my abdominal gap, which is unlikely to ever come back together since it hasn't in two and a half years.

Truthfully, it wasn't until I met with my midwives that it was confirmed that I had an umbilical hernia. I had suspicions, which I asked my previous OB about, but she kinda brushed it off as post-partum, post-cesarean puffiness. And I didn't find out about the abdominal wall gap until my six-week follow-up, when my midwife felt around and told me not to do anything too vigorous or I could make it worse. She said to keep an eye on it and feel around every so often to see if it heals on its own, but it hasn't at all. I can't do anything too extreme with ab exercises until I have the wall repaired, so for now it's light running and pilates, (which I'm ecstatic to start up again). I could have two separate outpatient procedures at any time, but I want to wait until after I'm done breastfeeding. I'm told that because I'll be put under general anesthesia for the procedure, I will have to stop breastfeeding for the 72 hours post-op. I can only imagine what that would do to my milk supply, so I'm holding off until she's weaned. I'm very passionate about breastfeeding and I'd hate for my supply to dry up over something that can wait a bit longer.

Rather than have two separate, small procedures done, I'm considering having both repaired at the same time and kill two birds with one stone. Funny, analogy, isn't it? Actually, it's kinda cruel, now that I think about it. But either way, I'd rather only have to be put under once and have everything repaired at the same time than have to go twice. Ry has vacation time around Marija's first birthday, so I'm thinking of having it done around then so he can be home with me for a few days post-op cuz I guess the healing process is painful (not from the hernia repair, but the ab-wall repair).

I've read that pilates can help, but won't necessarily heal, so I picked up a post-pregnancy pilates dvd from the library today. Franky got to pick a few dvds himself as well (he chose a Muppets one, The Cat in the Hat and Doogal). I love pilates and did it before my wedding. I liked that it kicked my ass without wearing me out. I also like the brief pauses in between each set to rest. I did it tonight, following the video and I know I'm gonna hurt in the morning. My muscles are still tingling. The dvd I rented was kind of on the easy side but I'm familiar with all of the moves already. If I was a novice, it may be challenging. We have a nice fitness center in our complex that's open 24 hours, but the thought of being there early or late kinda creeps me out. I'm always paranoid about the "bad guys," lol. Is rather go during office hours, but they are odd. Closed Sunday and something like 11-5 every other day, which doesn't work for me. I can't take the kids, so I'd need Ry to be home, but he works when they're open, so that doesn't work well for me. Pilates I can do in the comfort of my living room while my babies nap.

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