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Mom Who Suffered Complications During Childbirth Gets Life Changing Surgery

in 2008, Amy Rhed gave birth to her third child. But not everything went as planned.

Amy suffered from what's known as diastasis recti, or "split abs", which caused her to have a permanently enlarged stomach.

"I felt 8-months pregnant," Rhed, 43, told PEOPLE. "Being 8-months pregnant three times, I know what it feels like to be 8-months pregnant. You can only be on your feet for so long, and I was very sad because I couldn't participate in anything. I would sit on a bench and my kids would do activities with my husband. I couldn't cook and clean like I wanted to."

Rhed decided she was fed up. After dealing with many doctors and surgeons locally, she turned to the daytime series The Doctors about her heartbreaking situation. The show put her in touch with certified plastic surgeon, Dr Michael Zarrabi.

In order for her to get the surgery, Zarrabi told Rhed she would need to lose at least 20lbs. Through hard work at the gym and the help of a physical therapist, Amy lost 37lbs and was all set for her big day.

"We're repairing the ventral hernia, bringing the muscles back together again, and on top of that we're doing a tummy tuck on her to remove all that excess skin," explained Dr Zarrabi.

Rhed says she was nervous for the operation, but knew it would be worth it in the long run.  "My youngest daughter never had a mom that was an active mom, my middle daughter was 4 when my other daughter was born, and my son was 10, so the only one who knew somewhat of an active mom was my son, but he kind of forgot," she said.

Now, five months after her surgery, Amy Rhed looks amazing!

"The goal for me was to get the weight off and have the surgery done because I really wanted to wear a nice dress for [my son's] graduation," she says, "and I did."

Amy Rhed's full episode of The Doctors will air on September 20th, which will document her full transformation.

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