Motherhood can be a hectic time for first timers. Between sleep deprivation and unexpected events, mama may feel like she's being pushed and pulled in every direction. That feeling only gets worse if she invests in any number of postpartum products that promise to shape her hips to prebaby size or lift and squeeze those breasts to help in breastfeeding. Did you use any of them? Take a look at the slight wacky, somewhat brilliant products, and let me know if they helped you during those first few postpartum months!
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, but some women are just not happy with what nature gave them, or how experience (read: breast feeding ) and age have affected their chest. Some women opt for breast implants if they feel the need to augment their natural shape, but there's also a controversial procedure available for those who want to add just a little volume. It's kind of a two-for-one procedure that goes like this: body fat is removed from areas where it is plentiful, such as the booty or thighs, via liposuction and injected into breast tissue.
Concerns that re-planted fat could harden and calcify, making mammograms difficult to read, led to a couple of studies to investigate the issue. To learn what the studies found and how effective the injection technique is, read more
Have you heard of the "mommy makeover"? The procedure, the New York Times reports, is marketed toward new mothers. It usually involves a breast lift (implants optional), a tummy tuck, and liposuction. Plastic surgeons are encouraging women to get post-pregnancy surgery to "repair" the so-called damage inflicted on their bodies through pregnancy and childbirth. The surgery costs $10,000 to $30,000.
Of course, nobody's going to deny that pregnancy does change women's bodies, and this can have a profound effect on self-image. Some women feel depressed because they don't look the way they did before baby; others say that pop culture puts more pressure on moms to look youthful and taut than ever before, causing them to need the surgery. “I don’t think it was an issue for my mother; your husband loved you no matter what,” said Sharlotte Birkland, who had the triple procedure done earlier this year.
I understand the desire to look a certain way, but I take issue with surgeons who pathologize the normal body changes that come with motherhood. Plus, what's with calling mothers "mommy" all the time? (Am I the only one a little weirded out by that?) Let me know what you think.