It's crazy because I feel like I've been planning this forever. Pretty much as soon as we found out we were having quadruplets, the husband and I talked about the pregnancy risks, potential outcomes and the effect it would have on me. He immediately assured me we would do whatever it took to get me back in shape and feeling like myself again, no matter what happened between then and after the quads were born. That was nearly 15 months ago and here we are now, the day has come!
I was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia, severe diastasis (abdominal separation) and a panniculectomy (excess skin that hangs past the pubic bone). Because I grew so far out during the pregnancy, my skin stretched beyond recognition and no amount of muscle memory could repair the tear in my ab muscles. Now I have no core to hold everything in place so my organs slosh forward and backward when I stand up and sit down. My back is super tight from overcompensating for no abs and I've had various health issues plaguing me for the past seven months from indigestion and daily nausea to headaches and more. The surgeons all advised me that over time, the muscle separation could become worse. I also had all sorts of blood work and tests done to rule out any other infection or illness that could be causing such consistent ailments. Everything came up normal, so now the hope is that this surgery puts me back together, helps my body operate the way it should and gives me the energy and strength I need to keep up with growing quadruplets!
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In the meantime, I've got some posts planned out for the next week or so, including the babies (overdue) seven month update, how we sleep trained the quads plus some guests posts from one of my BFF's on pregnancy (it's hilarious) and a fellow quad mom. Got any topics you want to hear more about? Want to volunteer a guest post on baby raising, home decor, cooking or other? Drop me a line via email or leave a note in the comments section!