Let me get this out of the way lest you think I am saying that all moms should just slips into sweats and grab a pint of Chocolate Haagen Dazs. When my dad passed in May, I realized I needed to take better care of myself physically. No, I didn’t want to be skinny- I just wanted to be healthy. I didn’t want to deprive myself and try to reclaim my 22 year old bikini body pre-kids– which would be a physically impossible feat without the aid of a surgeon, since I’ve been been blessed with that c-section kangaroo pouch. So, in September 2011 I hit the gym HARD and I said goodbye to my best friend Nutella. It’s been a year and I’m happy to say, I have lost 25 pounds. I feel lighter, I have more energy and with all the boxing I’ve been doing I could probably kick someone’s ass ( were I in a dark alley and my lifeÂ were in jeopardy).
By the same token, I’ve done every sit-up , crunch and nautilus machine known to man- and guess what- that c-section pouch- albeit deflated, remains. So I guess, were I Trista Sutter (of TV’s Bachelorette fame) I’d say- time to go under the knife and remove all traces of the ravages pregnancy and life wreaked on my 39 year old body- because, in the deep recesses of our minds and hearts, don’t we all just want that 22 year bikini bod back again? Don’t we want to take those “deflated by breastfeeding” pancake-like breasts we’ve been left with and inject them with foreign substances like implants- so our husband and society will look at us and ogle our surgical enhancements??
I say, Trista- you have a daughter- and you are doing her SUCH a disservice, as well as all the other moms, who post breastfeeding and pregnancy- think they don’t measure up. The way I see it- our bodies are what we make them. We have it in our power to strengthen them and revere them. Why should we have to subject ourselves to undergoing painful surgeries and like you said his morning on GMA- you suffered horrible postpartum depression like symptoms post surgery and a physically painful rash– for what? So your husband can feel all macho, that now he’s got a wife with floatation devices propped on her chest?
You say you needed the plastic surgery to feel pretty again; that the breast lift, implants and your eye lift was going to make you hotter?
Trista, you looked amazing before hand—you were enough- you were more than enough– and well your surgery- makes me weep- for all the women who think they need it because they are not enough just as they are, that their bodies need to be reconfigured post pregnancy and breastfeeding-to fit an ideal that is unrealistic. AT 39 years old- It’s OKAY to look like a 39 year old and not a 23-year-old. I just wish women like you would stop encouraging the rest of us to chase this fountain of youth.