When I fell pregnant with twins I felt certain that it would be impossible to get my body back and that scared me. Feel free to call me vain, but I had always worked very hard for my figure and was gutted about the thought of losing it. After frantically googling the costs of a tummy tuck (yikes!) and realising that was out of the question, I decided to change my mindset and do my absolute best to get my body back after babies. Like anything in life I feel prevention is better than the cure, so I set about doing everything I could to prevent damage to my skin as it stretched to fit the boys. And stretch it did. I’m not going to say for certain that what I did worked, because who knows… it could be genes, hormones, or good luck, but I seem to have come out of the pregnancy relatively unscathed.
In a nutshell: I exercised my core throughout (with prenatal specific exercises), I applied oils and butters daily to help prevent stretchmarks, I did prenatal barre and pilates workouts four times a week and I ate as healthy as I possibly could as well as supplementing with vitamins and minerals that I needed more of throughout pregnancy. In addition I got my hands on a pair of SRC Recovery shorts to help hold my stomach in place and gently compress my diastasis recti back together. An added bonus of course is that the compression helps to make you look more like ‘the old you’ as well.
I didn’t wear my SRC Recovery Shorts immediately after birth as I was so terrified of stretching the c section incision, so I opted instead for very loose PJ pants while in hospital. Sadly I pretty much still live in them five weeks later! Hurr hurr. However, once the stitches were out and I was taped up I felt comfortable that I could carefully put on the SRC Recovery Shorts and wear them often. There are several reasons physiotherapists recommend SRC Recovery Shorts. Firstly, the gentle compression provides muscle stimulation and activation of the pelvis, back and abdominal muscles. This is not possible with a corset, girdle, or rigid support garment, which simply squishes everything together and can actually make your muscles lazy. Remember, the key to getting your post baby body back is to wake up the muscles again. After giving birth you can literally feel your organs swimming around inside you until they settle back into place. It was a truly horrific feeling and for a good week after birth I walked very slowly holding my tummy. This is another place where SRC Recovery Shorts comes into its own. They helped to make me feel less like a rattle during post partum movement. The other beauty of the shorts is that they reduce swelling and, as I mentioned, help you to feel comfortable moving around again after either a vaginal or C-section delivery. Mobility is actually key to your recovery – even though it’s the last thing on earth you feel like doing. An additional benefit is that SRC compression garments provide gentle compression to the wound area, so if you have had a C-section delivery or stitches/tears to the perineum, the SRC Recovery shorts can help to reduce wound swelling and pain and promote a faster and safer recovery.
I was lucky to have my c section done by an obstetrician who is considered one of the masters of them, so the surgery process was smooth, recovery was pretty painless (I came off morphine after two days and only took panadol for the following five days) and I also believe that my scar is going to be almost non existent one day. It has been a pleasant surprise to me that my scar is something I am now enormously proud of because it’s a reminder of what I went through to have these beautiful baby boys. I’m not even sure I really want it to fade.
I am now five and a half weeks post partum and still have 2-3 inches to drop to get my old waist back. Considering I had a 26 inch waist, which went up to 41 inches with the boys in my belly I don’t think those results are too bad.
So in the interest of being honest, I’ll do something I never thought I would do and post pictures of my post partum belly on the internet. Phew. These were taken at 5 weeks and 5 days after a very sleepless night because one of my twins likes the sound of his own voice very much indeed. *Rolls eyes* He’s a ratbag, but I love him.
I also purchased a girdle, so that I could slip it underneath a dress and not have the ‘legging’ part of my SRC Recovery shorts showing… But since I probably won’t be going anywhere for a while, SRC Recovery shorts are making a pretty regular appearance as part of my daily attire. They are pretty low maintenance, you just wash them every four days and hang them to dry. They certainly helped with my post partum comfort and perhaps even played a part in compressing some of my squishy bits back into shape along with the rest of my efforts. To grab a pair of SRC Recovery shorts for yourself, visit the SRC website.