Wow. Here we are, coming up on my oldest child’s 5th birthday and the 5 year anniversary of my (technically, first) inversion. As much as I’d like to say that it was a distant memory in the past that I never think about, I think about it often. We are still dealing with some after-effects, to an extent. Since I had a scheduled c-section with my second (that my body tried inverting during too), I had another vertical incision (in order to clean up my old scar as well). I can tell, over 2 years after the c-section that my abdominal muscles still haven’t fully reconnected. Maybe one day I’ll be able to do a complete sit up! 🙂
A little bit more of a serious concern/after-effect has been my oldest son’s struggle with sensory processing. They suspect that it may have been precipitated by the very low fluid towards the end of my pregnancy, problems with the placenta not detaching and causing the UI, and the resulting anxiety that I dealt with. There are other factors too, of course, but unfortunately, everything surrounding his delivery didn’t help matters. So, we are now in uncharted territory for myself, trying to navigate occupational therapy and school – based assistance and setting him up for success for kindergarten next year.
On a happy note, there have been some great things that have resulted in my experiences. I have staying in touch with my nurse from both deliveries. I talk a lot to other women who’ve been through difficult pregnancies and/or deliveries so we’ve been able to swap stories and find common ground with those experiences. I’m grateful for that ability to relate to other people who may have had more recent experiences that they are recovering from and moving on from.