My pregnancy gave me a wonderful gift, in that I was blessed with a beautiful son and daughter. I would not trade motherhood for anything. But my pregnancy also left me with something else, something I am not very fond of.
When I got pregnant, I was already pretty overweight at 250 pounds. During the course of the eight months I gained another forty-five pounds, which was actually right where the doctor wanted me. Then I went to what would be my final pre-natal appointment, feeling that something was wrong before I even went in. The swelling that had plagued me the entire pregnancy just about doubled the day before that appointment. When I stepped on the scale at the doctors, I had gained about 12 pounds in a little under a week, putting my weight gain at 57 pounds total. The weirdest concentration of fluid was actually at the bottom of my belly, creating what would become the apron that I have now.
It was little surprise that I was diagnosed with pre eclampsia. I was sent right away to USA Children's and Women's. Originally the plan was to induce me, starting that night. However, my health necessitated a different route. My blood pressure continued to rise, despite the large amount of magnesium sulfate they gave me, and then my kidneys had trouble functioning. It was at that point that they decided we would have to do an emergency c-section. While I do not regret the surgery, it too contributed to the current state of my stomach.
To give you an idea of why things look the way they do, here is a photo of me at about 32 weeks, about three weeks before I delivered. I actually got bigger than this, if you can believe it!
The next photos are back from when I started. It's hard to believe how big I was!
|260 pounds, size 24/26|
So here it is. My abs may not be rock hard, but my nerves certainly are!