Belly Confessions

I don’t know about you other moms out there, but after having my belly skin stretched out 15 inches larger than my normal waistline, I no longer have any feeling in my skin on my belly.  I mean, I can feel pressure when I touch my belly, but I can’t actually sense my finger touching my belly.  Nor can I really sense heat or cold very well, or wetness (like when I lean against the dishrag draped over the front edge of the kitchen sink).  It seems all that stretching did something weird to the nerves…hopefully it’s not permanent.  The big problem I have with a numb belly, besides walking around with a huge wet-spot on it, is that well, I never know that my shirt has hiked up and I’m flashing several inches of raw, stretch-marked, flabby, post-baby jelly-belly skin to all the world to see.  It’s one thing when I’m bending over in my room to put on my socks and catch my reflection in the mirror of my belly hanging way out of my shirt and reaching for the floor…and I can’t feel that it’s hanging.  It’s even better when I do it at work!  Like when I got up to leave for the day, put on my jacket, and as I bend down to look at the zipper of my jacket, I saw my shirt was hiked up and belly hangin’ out.  How long has that been there????  It had probably been that way for over an hour because that’s when I last stretched my arms up way over my head.  And several people, including my two office-mates, had been in and out of our office, going past my desk, or standing talking to me, in that last hour of the day…and there I was, showin’ off the numb belly!  I’m surprised no one took me aside to discuss the appropriateness of middriff-baring tops in the workplace.

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Colleen

This is a blog where I will share my adventures and mundane tasks as a work-out-of-home-mom. I now have 2 kids and my wonderful husband, so the juggling has gotten a little bit more tricky (man-on-man defense). We also have 2 dogs and 3 cats (we used to have 4) so as you can imagine, our household is pretty busy. Since I never feel like I'm being listened to, I figured I'll just start talking at the general Internet community and see what happens.

6 Comments

Karen

Sorry, I have to admit that after all these years the feeling is there but greatly diminished. Post baby belly is just plain disgusting and anyone who can wear a bikini after birth is just not human.

Madame Queen

I have numb belly too and I just assumed it was the surgery from the c-section. Interesting to know it would have been numb either way!

And hey, if anybody says anything to me about my baby belly I’ll just say “Look, I’ve carried TWO human beings inside this belly. Don’t like it? Either pay for a tummy tuck or don’t look.” 🙂

Burgh Baby's Mom

I know that lack of feeling all too well. The good news is that when the Toddler decides to tickle me with her fork-like fingers, it doesn’t hurt like it otherwise would. If you can call that good news.

Karen

I don’t know if the jeans would be the same or not. It’s worth going to try them on, for sure.

BTW, for the rise, I just take a pair of jeans that I love the fit on and measure from the waist down to the crotch.

ash

my stretch marks aren’t numb, but C-section scar is. I don’t care who sees my belly these days, I look like a real woman, not an airbrushed hollywood skank. For the record, I do wear a bikini, stretch marks and all.
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Wear em’ proud(though not at work, I suppose, LOL.

Colleen

oh, it’s a totally different deal if *I* decide to show off my belly…but when the belly decides to show itself, it’s a little disconcerting. 😉

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