when I gave birth to my son 16 years ago The doctors do not know why but I had a C-section because he was breach AND One week after giving birth while I was still in the hospital because he was a preemie, 8 weeks early my body started retaining massive amounts of fluid. At first they just brushed it off to mild fluid retention but within 48 hours from my feet moving up my body I start a retaining water in such large amounts.. my whole body hurt my skin hurt it was stretched to the max I probably gained 25 pounds in water in four days. Well as it moved up my body to my stomach of course the fluid is the worst thing for stitches on a C-section so my stitches popped open and I had to heal from the inside out for the next eight weeks. I learned so many things about my body's reaction for some reason I am prone to water retention, also take the cues from your body even though the doctors and other people might disregard them you know what you are feeling. Also I learned how important red meat is and protein sources because healing a wound like that from the inside out you watch over eight weeks your body literally regenerate itself inch by inch as you pack daily with gauze. Eight weeks later my stomach was completely healed up. I will not tell you that it was easy but it was not the end of the world although it felt like it. The scar was huge, there was a bump where there should have been a perfectly healed scar. But watching my body heal itself was pretty damn amazing. My second child I requested a C-section simply to have them fix the bump and scar so I'm all good.
After prepping for competitions nonstop for the last 13 months I am now in improvement season. Yes I had some donuts and a few burgers and fries but nothing ridiculous all day every day all week. Yet my body insisted on massively retaining fluid as a reaction, got back on a strict diet of low water retention foods thanks to Dan Eslinger. Started drinking alkaline water thanks to Ruth Avila, matcha tea, no alcohol, low sugar and 8 days later I am back to light and tight skin and no water retention and no sugar cravings! #glorybe