My body after Triplets
As we get older our metabolism slows down, add pregnancy to that and your body can really change. I'd like to set the record straight, I by no means had a six pack before getting pregnant, LOL. I was an active adult and did sign myself up for races so I could train and be in shape. After giving birth to Kanon, I wasn't 1000% happy with my body but I liked it. Between working out and eating right, I was very close to my pre-pregnancy body and weight and had a good self image, I was happy where my body had landed.
HOWEVER, after having triplets, which was a totally different pregnancy and birth experience, due to my C-section, things changed drastically. Of course because I was carrying three babies, there was a lot more horizontal growth and stretching. The weight came on faster and my belly popped sooner. At 7 months it felt (and looked) like I should be giving birth and because of the way I was carrying it was hard to dress my body. I remember that adding that to my daily must-do list was stressful at times.
As a working woman, pregnant with triplets, I struggled with how people perceived me. I never wanted to look tired, worn down or not put together, no matter how I felt. My stomach was so horizontal, the fabric in the front of my dresses or tops would rise so therefore it limited what items of clothing I could wear. Since my body was changing everyday, adjusting and growing due to my pregnancy, limiting my wardrobe was difficult. Fast forward to after having my C-section, I had a lot of additional abdominal skin..unfortunately for me, ugh, people were still asking me "when I was due?!" I had three times the belly pouch this time. I came to realize not only did I have some muscle separation known as Diastasis Recti which is common not only after a singleton pregnancy, but with a multiple birth of triplets, is more difficult to manage after delivery, especially with a C-section. After visiting my doctor I also found out I have a 3mm hernia. So, not only am I prohibited from doing any ab work to reduce the bulge, but also I am suppose to not put any sort of pressure on my abdomen to make the hernia worse.
In an attempt to feel good about myself and my body, I signed up for a race, cut back on my nightly brewskis, set some realistic goals and reset my mind to help achieve these goals. I know it all starts with the interior, diet and food, but I also had to invest in some undergarments and dress my exterior properly. I was still the same size, but fit and style needed to be considered. I found a brand I fell in love with that I wish I knew about when I was pregnant.
PinkBlush has been a lifesaver. A trendy online boutique that has really helped me feel good and take the guess work out of getting dressed. Not only is the fit and quality great, the price is reasonable for someone on a fixed budget like myself. With four children I've gotten in the habit of doing 80% of my shopping online because going into stores and trying on clothes is so unrealistic for me these days. PinkBlush offers cute and stylish maternity clothes for moms and women in all different stages of motherhood. Not having to overthink what I'm wearing, that fits, frees up time for me to do other things. Its effortless style and fashion all in one!
I'll be doing some sort of update, on or around the time of my race in September and also see what the doctors are saying about my hernia corrective surgery. Not sure I'm even considering it until the girls are older because I know I won't be able to pick them up or be too active. Hopefully I can maximize my results with training for this half marathon (YES HALF) . This is a race I've run before so I'm familiar with what it'll take to get over the finish line. Wish me luck and say a prayer!
~ Truly Karae