Many mothers will know the arduous journey getting back to their pre-baby body, but perhaps none have had as tough a time as Cheryl Castle.
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Back in 2011, Cheryl, from Coldharbour, had an emergency C-Section during the birth of her first child.
As a complication of the operation, her baby belly has not returned to its normal shape, which has had a hugely detrimental effect on her mental health, and self-esteem.
Because the operation, known as a Diastasis recti or an abdominal separation, is classed as a cosmetic procedure, the NHS will not cover the cost of the surgery.
Cheryl is now trying to crowdfund it herself - a last resort, as she has been religiously training, eating sensibly and has even been classed as underweight from exerting herself in the gym.
Cheryl said: “I was told nothing will make a difference and I have spent almost five years exercising at least five times a week.
“I have dieted and lost weight yet the tummy has hardly improved.
“I have even been classed as underweight yet I still have a big bulging stomach.
“It has led to some really embarrassing situations where people have mistaken me for being pregnant, and it is having a massively negative affect on my mental health and self-esteem.
“Going out for clothes has been a nightmare, nothing ever fits.
“I’m usually between a size six and an eight but it is so hard to gauge anymore.
“I always come home empty handed and feeling very deflated.”
Cheryl’s appeal is currently sitting on £850 and she is aiming to raise £7,393.
She is holding a charity day in Fairford Leys on Saturday November 25 to raise funds towards this operation.
To read more of Cheryl’s story and to donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/post-pregnancy-operation