How long does it take for your baby bump to go down after delivery?

Kaylee - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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When will my baby belly go away?? How long after birth does it take your stomach to go down?

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Rebecca - posted on 01/21/2010

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My baby belly went down right after the birth, so I was pleasantly suprised. I lost 20lbs the first week after csection(breech baby). I still had a bit of a belly, but did not look pregnant. I think it depends on how fit you were before the baby. I gained alot of wieght with my son, about 45lbs, and that was with exercising up to the month before my due date,I was in really good shape beforehand. Breastfeeding is the biggest help for losing the weight, though I found I lost the weight slowly until my son was over 1yr old since I wasn't exercising as much after the baby was born. I'm finally back to my prepregnancy size now at 15mo. I have a little tiny bit of belly left but no stretch marks.

Amy - posted on 01/20/2010

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Everyone is diffrent but diet and exercise is key. I am a trainer and exercised until the day I delivered and I still felt soft and had weight to lose 4 months after having my daughter. For me it took 6 months to get my prepregnancy body back and changes to my diet where key, along with exercise. It is a hard transition though with a little one and sleep is a hot commodity. Do what feels right!!

Anna - posted on 01/19/2010

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The best advice I was given was it takes about a year for your body to go back to it was before you had the baby. I then felt no pressure... and after about a year (well after the first baby after a year I found out I was pregnant again LOL ) I was back to how I was before I had the baby! Now I gained 60 or so lbs with ea pregnancy... was small to begin with and I didn't exercise a whole lot... just was nursing. Now that my daughter is a year old and my weight is back to where I want it I have started body toning exercises just to firm things up a bit :)

JuQuana - posted on 11/04/2011

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My baby bump went down after about a month, but didn't completely disappear till about 3 months after I had my daughter.

Barb - posted on 11/05/2011

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I had a C-section 3 years ago. I still have an extra large flabby belly, even after working out at the gym. It depends on how fit you were before your baby. I think your age may have a bit to do with it, too. Younger people recover faster.

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Crystal - posted on 01/22/2010

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Mine only took about 2 days. It just depends on your body, most people take longer. I only gained around 22 lbs while pregnant, if you gain more it might take longer to get rid of.

Jess - posted on 01/21/2010

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My belly went down while I was nursing but now that I have stopped I have noticed the weight coming back and I look pregnant again.... I have a running track right next to my house I should really get off my butt and go exercise... but its hard to find the motivation and I don't want to go alone !

Jay - posted on 01/21/2010

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hiya hun, i had my little boy 11 weeks ago and my bump has almost gone, iv been really lucky. i still have a bit of a pouch that hangs down a bit because i was huge whilst pregnant, i looked like i was having triplets! lol, as long as you eat healthy and regulary, it will go down. good luck xxx

J - posted on 01/19/2010

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I see everyone has different results wish I didn't have that ugly bikini scar though from the c-section. I guess I'm going to have to find time to exercise and hope I get results

Brooke - posted on 01/19/2010

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mine went back to pre pregnancy with out stretch marks with in 4 days...

Samantha - posted on 01/19/2010

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My pre-pregnancy weight was 148 at delivery I weighed 170 gained 22 pounds at 5'7" I thought I was going to have a 7lb baby ended up having an 8.10lb baby, long story short he was much larger than I thought. Breastfeeding I got back into my pre-pregnancy jeans in about 2 weeks after delievery it is different for everyone though.

Michelle - posted on 01/19/2010

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My belly bump went down as soon as my daughter popped out (literally). none of us could believe it, the midwives were staring at me funny and saying 'doesnt even look like you were pregnant in the first place'. After a day or too I noticed a lil bit of a jelly belly, but nothing I couldnt hide with tighter tops. All our bodies react differently. I was a dancer before I got preg and I think this helped as my trans abdominal muscles were still pretty toned. Saying all this, my belly wasnt exactly huge anyway when preg, I only put on 20lbs and delivered at 35+6 weeks. I reskon If I had got further, my belly wouldnt have gone away so quickly.

Hana-Lily - posted on 01/19/2010

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you will be shocked at first but yeah alot come down to whether you breastfeed or not.
I breastfed for the first 8weeks and then stopped and i had a flat stomach again after about 10weeks!! dont worry about it, after running around after a baby your pregnant tummy will fall off!! x x x

Terri - posted on 01/19/2010

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my first went down within 2 weeks but I had a caesar. My next took a good couple of months. After my 3 the bump was still there and after my 4th it still looks like I am 5 months pregnant but I gained a lot of weight in the last pregnancy, due to working and looking after 3 kids whilst pregnant and not eating properly. So now I hoping with a bit of diet and exercise it might go down a bit lol! :)

Kristy Lee - posted on 01/19/2010

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mine went down after delivery..... it was funny touching it and not been rock hard . instead it was soft,, lol

Elizabeth - posted on 01/18/2010

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I think it depends on the person. I had my son 5 days ago and mine went down after I delivered.

J - posted on 01/18/2010

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my son is 14 months old and I still have a pouch I wish I had time to exercise but with a busy schedule of working ft and caring for the baby home etc. it's hard to find time. I was told to use a girdle to suck you in especially after a c-section and it helps the belly go down faster I don't know if it works though.

Precious - posted on 01/18/2010

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Well my baby is 4 mo old and I still have my jello belly. Its my fault cause I don't really exercise and still eats like I'm pregnant. I'll probably hit the gym after 2 mos coz my doc says to wait after 6 mos cause I had a C-section.

Shay - posted on 01/18/2010

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It depends on how much you gained and what your build/frame was like before you fell pregnant. I've always been very small and didn't gain that much weight while pregnant so my bump was almost gone by the time I left the hospital. It took a couple of weeks to get back to normal, just a bit flabbier, and now my little girl is 4 months old it's the same as it was before I was pregnant.

Maysa - posted on 01/18/2010

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belly troubles are a little tough at first: it took almost 2 months for my belly to go back
but nothing looks exactly the same after u deliver- stretch marks look like a road map and flubber from extra weight gain during pregnancy
nothing to worry about though- a little exercise will help u shape up
breastfeeding is also the way to go: there's nothing like it for u and ur baby..

Bree - posted on 01/18/2010

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well it all depends on your body and how your metabolism and muscle tissues transition following a birth. If you have a c section, the recovery and interference with muscle tissue during the incision can prolong the ability to tighten your stomach muscles back up. I had a c section, and gained alot of weight during my pregnancy, but id say around 3 months after my daughter was born i started noticing muscle tone coming back and the bump was almost gone. My daughter is 16 months now, and by 8 months my stomach was as flat as it was before i got pregnant. I didnt exercise or diet tho, i am lucky to have an extremely fast metabolism and the fact i was so athletic prior really contributed to my transition back. Honestly, its a process and one you dont want to push so take your time and once your comfortable, things will begin to return to normal.

Krystal - posted on 01/18/2010

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I had my son by c-section and he is now 5 1/2 months old...and i still look like i am maybe 5-6months pregnant, i gained 74lbs during my pregnancy though..and i dont know if that has anything to do with it. I am very busy during the day and i dont really excersice so i think that is part of my problem too....but any tips (anyone) let me know! thanks!!! lol

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I had my son almost 2 1/2 months ago and I still have a small bump. I did have a c-section so it will be harder to get the bump down but I am working on it! I gained about 60 lbs during my pregnancy and I lost 40 lbs within the first 4 weeks; retained ALOT of water during the pregnancy, it was ridiculous!! I've got another 20 lbs to go to get to my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm just watching what I eat and work out at the gym approx 3 times a week and throw in some Yoga as well to get back into shape, I'll then tackle Pilates shortly.

Siobhan - posted on 01/16/2010

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my bump was gone as soon as i had my baby but friends still has her bump and she had her baby 9 months ago it all depends on the tummy exercise u do and how big your bump gets during the pregnancy

Jodie - posted on 01/16/2010

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it took me 2 weeks for me to have a more normal tum for me but i didnt have a very big baby bump i lost most of it after i gave birth my mum even said i lost my bump quicker than any1 she knew x

Jennifer - posted on 01/16/2010

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it depends on how much you gained really. i dont gain much when preggo ( im a "fluffier" gal to begin with). You will "deflate" a little after birth, but may still look pregnant for a while. With my first i gained 17 lbs, i still looked preggo for a few weeks. my secon dbaby, i only gained 10 lbs, and i lost 15 after the birth, and i looked smaller than i did pre pregnancy within days. it all just depends.

Nicole - posted on 01/16/2010

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Right after I had my son by c section, my belly looked like I was 7 months pregnant! It went away between 2-3 weeks, but was left very empty and floppy. I'm not sure what you can do about that... if anyone knows any tips/tricks I would love to hear them!!!

Mindy - posted on 01/16/2010

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it could be up to 6 months if not longer, and for some people there baby bump never seems to go away. it all depends on if you breast feed and if you work out after your have your baby.

Frances - posted on 01/16/2010

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my bellly took a week to go down after i had my son he is now 4weeks old.. it is dif for everyone.. it really depends on your body and body type. If you are having a section you also will be swolen and it will take a while for the swelling to go down as well.. I had a section..

Carla - posted on 01/16/2010

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i have had 2 girls with the first i gained 60 lbs and the other 40 lbs, every one is very different. i lost all my weight after both luckily...but it took about 3 months with both. before having kids i weighed 105 and now i weigh 108. im actually under weight, and am trying to gain a lil more weight

Casey - posted on 01/16/2010

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It took about 6 weeks and I was breastfeeding to see a big difference in the jelly belly. I gained 58pds. My baby is 5 months old and I am working on the last 15pds. I had a c-section so it does take a little longer to get rid of the belly.

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well mine went back to normal straight away but wer like jelly lol as i had loads of stretch marks.

Andrea - posted on 01/16/2010

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Hey Kaylee,



After you deliver you will be shocked because you may look 7 months pregnant still. If you breastfeed that bump goes down much faster, however it could be time. Also keep in mind it takes about 6 weeks for the uterus to not to be swollen anymore (which at that point you should be able to start post baby exercise which helps BIG time). Everybody and every BODY is different :).



My child is 5 months and I gained 61 lbs my pregnacy, however was somewhat fit going into the pregnancy and worked out a bit during the pregnancy. My bump is down to a respectably ponch. I also have a friend who's belly was still there for a few months and she woke up one day and it was gone. Just depends for sure.



I hope this helps.

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