Sunday, 1 May 2011

Yummy Mummy

The gigantic task of hosting and nurturing a developing embryo is entrusted to the female of our species. The swollen belly with a proud maternal glow on the face is nothing short of a marvel of nature. This 9 month exercise with the ordeal of delivering a baby is entirely worth it when the mother holds her baby in her arms. A picture of mother and child always inspires peace, happiness and tranquility.
However, spare a thought for the mother. The 9 months of being a Petri dish wreaks havoc on the body. Some of the obvious changes that are evident after pregnancy are as follows:
  1. Weight gain
  2. Abdomen –      Flabby, sagging skin
Stretch marks
Unsightly navel
Divarication of recti (bulging tummy)
Abdominal hernia
Scar following LSCS
3.   Breast -            Sagging breasts
                                    Shrinking of breasts
                                    Enlarged areolae
  1. Varicose veins, spider nevi
  2. Hairfall
  3. Incontinence (urinary)

Pregnancy by itself is a high stress situation and exerts mind boggling burden on the female body. The emotional stresses involved are unimaginable. Add to this, the additional responsibility of nurturing and looking after the baby. By the time the woman is done with looking after the crying baby, her looks have gone for a toss. She looks into the mirror and can barely recognize herself.
At this stage, especially if adequate support is lacking, a woman may experience mental breakdowns (Post-partum depression etc). Sometimes, this may require counseling and medications.
In most of these cases, improving the physical appearance goes a long way to improving self-image and self-esteem as well as restoring self-confidence. This is what “Yummy Mummy” is all about.
Needless to say, a supporting and understanding husband is pivotal in the entire process. Similarly, support from family and friends, is also critical.
A balanced diet and proper regular exercises are the mainstay for improving some of the ravages of pregnancy.
However, often these changes are very severe and require outside influence to improve them. This is where a cosmetic surgeon steps in and offers a gamut of procedures to suit an individual patient and to achieve the desired goal. Some of the common “Yummy Mummy” procedures include:
Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)
Mastopexy (Breast lift)
Breast Augmentation.

My subsequent postings will try and clear the mist surrounding these procedures, simplify the procedure details and facilitate decision making.

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