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And Cut!: The Rise Of The C-Section Scar

25 Oct

I’ll never forget the moment they told me I’d be having abdominal surgery. I’d been proud of my status as a mother of a “Natural Born” child, and was happy to be among the elite group of women who’d avoided being cut even after a long and painful delivery. 

(Three days of un-medicated labor in a severely upright hospital bed)

It was my greatest success, and now here I was being debriefed on how my very friendly Filippino surgeon was going to cut a 4-5 inch long incision in my tummy to remove the ten week old fetus that was growing outside of my womb and somewhere near my bowels. Although this wasn’t a typical Caesarean section, a Caesarean it was and I was totally unprepared.

sometimes your fetus needs a map..or GPS.

Eptopic pregnancy is when your fetus forgets to bring his/her GPS and gets really lost

Well here I am nine months later and still wondering why some women would actually CHOOSE this procedure over a natural birth

women like:

Christina Aguilera who told People mag

“I didn’t want any surprises. Honestly, I didn’t want any [vaginal] tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway]. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early!”

And of course the most noted c-section patient of them all, Posh Spice or Victoria Beckham for short.

Can't deny her MILF-Dom

Mrs Beckham who has become the inspiration for the phrase “Too Posh to Push”, has insisted that all three of her “scheduled” c-sections where medically needed. But it seems pretty obvious that the paper-thin diva chose this procedure  in order to avoid stretch marks and or course the dreaded “tearing” (cue evil villain music). But aren’t all those marks and tears just badges of honor worn by the women who join the army of Mothers, entrusted with the task of molding our futures? Why is the prospect of a natural birth scarier then the idea of major abdominal surgery?

open wide

Gone are the days when giving birth was a simple and personal experience, today its all about the production. And although the health of mothers and newborns has not improved in America (aka the land with street paved in gold) the rate of Caesarean births are climbing; one out of every three births are surgical.

In a hospital natural birthing is almost never an option for a woman with a breached baby (baby horizontal in womb), although midwives have often been able to coax a breached baby into a normal birthing position. Often C-sections are not “recommened” they are handed out like halloween candy, some hospitals have even banned the option of natural birth for a mother who has already had a c-section, a total violation of her god given RIGHT! Also it is fact that repeat procedures run the risk of unterine ruptures and dangerous abnormalities in the placenta during later pregnancies, which can cause hemorrhaging and lead to a hysterectomy (bye bye uterus 😦 ). Repeated Caesareans can make it risky or even impossible to have that large family you’ve planned since your tea party and doll days.

With so much going on in the “Birthing Industry” (because babies are a business in the USA) it’s best to know all your options and your rights as a mother. Look up the facts and never let hospital staff make you feel as if you must give birth as soon as you arrive at the hospital. It takes nine months to grow a human being and its only logical that pushing one out would take some time as well.

Every experience is different and sometimes emergencies can throw a fork in your prepared “Birth Plan.

But..

Above all remember your babies health trumps all !

P.S

 If you wanna know more about the baby business check out the documentry “The Buiness Of Being Born” http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com produced by Ricki Lake who experienced both spectrums of the birthing process.

Feel The Burn!

12 Oct

So do you remember that moment…

You’d finally had your bundle of joy,

and then you noticed that other bundle, the one still sagging right above you jeans and a little in your hind quarters

No need to blush little lady, postpartum weight is just another brick in the road to motherhood

So stiffen up that lower lip and lets deal with it, and soon before it gets outta hand

And of course I have just the thing to help you get started,

behold the holy grail of  fitness dvd’s

so hardcore!!!!

If you’ve seen her on The Biggest Loser, you know she is one tough cookie

ouch, now thats hands on training

and this DVD is a true testament to her fitness superiority.

 

After I had my daughter I couldn’t wait to finally be able to put in a good 45 minutes of cardio. I tried many workouts but none really gave me that deep burn I was thirsting for.

Until I found Jillian, as soon as began the warm-up I knew I was in for a sweat, and that’s just what I got. Combining cardio, weight training and muscle-building this work out burns calories while toning up all those areas we avoid looking at in the shower. So say goodbye to the dreaded jiggles and team this wonderful work out up with a properly balanced diet.

And remember the work out only works if you work it

so work it Mama, and feel that BURN!

Pamper Me, and I ain’t talking huggies

26 Sep

As a busy moms balancing many different hats ( and check books) we often forget to find time to show ourselves some love…. 

Pretty high-tech huh?

Now don’t get nervous im not talking pocket rockets and shower heads, although as I always say “No one knows me better than me.” But today I’m referring to some good ole fashion pampering, the kind with the cucumbers, mud and ladies speaking in rapid fire Korean 

 Sometimes when life takes you to that where all your thoughts pretty much sound like: 

 “I’m gonna murder that B*%$h (insert co-workers name) tomorrow” 

Or 

“What the F%*k is wrong with you (insert spouses name) I said the red one, does this look like red to you Mother-F*@$!er!” 

This is one’s cue to step back, breath and treat onesself to something nice. Like maybe a pair of shoes that are totally out of your price range, a bag that you saw in ELLE, some miracle de-wrinkler that Catherine Zeta-Jones Douglas endorses or if you’re trying to stay low-budget a simple manicure might do the trick. But in todays fashion forward world “simple” doesn”t really apply to much anymore, and the world of creative design has spilled over right on to your finger tips 

And so we witness the rise of NAIL ART! 

Take a look 

Artist-Farrah Griffin

Artist- Farrah Griffin

Artist- Rose Medina

Artist- Rose Medina

Artist- Kim Barksdale

Artist- Kim Barksdale

Artist- Janet Riffe

Artist- Janet Riffe

Artist- Carmen Gonzalez Banda

Artist- Carmen Gonzalez Banda

And If you’re looking to go OVER THE TOP…or TIP (nail tech humor) try this 

Artist- Viv Simmonds

Artist- Viv Simmonds

Nails have become a new form of artistic expression and trust me this little preview is only scratching the tip of the nail bed (more nail tech humor). Check out www.nailpro.com for more creative designs from nail tech super stars all over the world. 

So treat yourself to some quality time with your local nail-tech or if your more of the hands on type, try your own hand at some nail art 

Go on Mama, Express yourself!

But before you go here’s a little music to set the mood for you next manni/peddi

Kid Sister, take it away!