'A Tummy Tuck Restored My Confidence'

Mother of seven, Angela Shah, knew surgery at The Harley Medical Group was the only solution for her mummy tummy. Says Angela, "I love the look of disbelief on people's faces when they learn I have seven kids and a stomach like a board."

Prima Magazine'A Tummy Tuck Restored My Confidence'

Mother-of-seven Angela Shah, 41, from Bingley, West Yorkshire, knew surgery was the only solution for her mummy-tummy‘I love the look of disbelief on people's faces when they learn I have seven kids and a stomach like a board. In fact, after the first five children - Emma, 23, Laura, 14, Joshua, 12, Abigail, ten, and Jake, eight - I was easily able to exercise my body back into shape. But when my three-year-old twins, Bethany and Lewis, were born in November 2002, I needed my first Caesarean, and my stomach was stretched and left with an ugly pouch. At my post-natal check I asked the midwife if she thought it would go. "Oh , yes, don't worry about that!" she said. But I could see from the look on her face that she thought it was unlikely. ‘I started wondering about tummy-tuck surgery. It was two-and-a-half years later when my husband, Inti, 39, stepped in and found The Harley Medical Group, which had a clinic in nearby Leeds. He came with me to the first appointment, but when it was time to reveal my tummy, I sent him out of the room, because I was too embarrassed to let him see it. The surgeon explained that because of my Caesarean scar, he would have to be careful where he cut, and I would end up with a new hip to hip scar just above my knicker line, but that didn't bother me. It was the pouch I hated. After the operation last September, I couldn't stand fully erect for three days and I was warned not to exercise for six weeks. But after that there was no stopping me. My daughter Emma and I work out together. I'm now down from a size 14-16 jeans to a size 12. ‘Inti and I took out a loan to pay for the op - which cost £6900 - but we both agree it was worth every penny!'
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