Recovery after c-section

Dawn - posted on 04/06/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I had a c-section 2 weeks ago and was wondering how long it will take for my stomach not to look pregnant still. Also when will my belly button go back to normal? Mine is still completely flat.

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Leah - posted on 04/06/2010

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HI, I had my c-section 3 weeks ago and i still have a pouch like belly... ive been told not to do any evercise for at least 6 weeks but have been going walking to try and get something happening... im on demand breastfeeding and have lost 10kg... the weight is going but the belly has stayed.... i too would like to know how long it took other mums to loose the belly post c-section. Im getting married in 3 months so im hoping it's semi-gone by then!!

Sarah - posted on 04/10/2010

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give it some time. i had a c-section with my son who is 5 months old now, and i just started to feel somewhat normal when he was 3 months. my advice, give your self time, and when you baby is about 2-3 months or so go shopping for a few new clothes that make you feel more normal (i chose clothes that would still look good after i lost some more weight so i wasn't spending alot on clothes i would only wear for a couple months). this helped me a lot. and start walking if you can. go slow at first and work your way up to longer walks. the fresh air will work wonders. do not over do it! i know everyone says it, but it took months to get a belly and it will take months to loose it. breastfeeding helps too.

Kim - posted on 04/11/2010

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I had my son via c section 14 months ago, i'm back to my pre pregnancy weight but i have a 'section step' like a little ledge on my belly. not sure if its because i have the same cut opened twice in a matter of days! my sister in law has the same thing and her kids are 10 & 5! i love my body, i grew a happy and healthy baby in it and i plan on growing more babies in it, my hubby loves it too and thats all that matters!

Jennifer - posted on 04/11/2010

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I'm in the same boat as Kelly - I had my c-section 12 weeks ago and am already back to pre-pregnancy weight. But the shape of my body has changed, so many of my pre-pregnancy clothes don't fit well. My belly is big and flabby, but I'm just walking for exercise, and it is getting better, so I am hoping by the time my baby's is a year old, I'll be back to my old body. Hang in there, Dawn!

Janice - posted on 04/11/2010

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I really think everyone is different you have to take into consideration how well you're healing, how much weight you gained during pregnancy, and how healthy you are, not to mention if you're breastfeeding or not...I wouldn't get discouraged I had a c-section 2 weeks ago and as much as I'd love to be back to my weight I know it'll take time so just relax eventually it'll go bk to normal

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Sandie - posted on 04/09/2010

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My first son is 13 and I had a c-section with him. I resumed work and all activity at 3 weeks. I found out that I caused a lot of scar tissue because of it.

With my second son, he will be 1 in a few weeks. I took my time getting back to normal. If you are breastfeeding it will happen sooner but it will happen. Just try to concentrate on getting enough rest and plenty of nutrients right now.

Kelly - posted on 04/09/2010

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I had a c-section 16 weeks ago and although I lost the 35 pregnancy pounds in 2 weeks because the anti-depressent I am on kills my appetite until I get used to it again I still have a kind of pouch over the scar. I have been doing a lot of walking and using my Gazelle exercise thingy and recently started sit-ups and squats, but I have heard that it can take as much as a year to 18 months to make that pouch go away and sometimes it will not without plastic surgery. Something to do with the muscles being sewn up with stretched out causes the muscles above the incision to bulge out. I tell myself my little guy is worth it, but sometimes it is frustrating to be back at pre-preg weight, but not have my body back. Do try to take it slow because pushing yourself too much will land you on your butt in lots of pain and you'll just have to wait even longer to start working out. Good luck!!

Tracy - posted on 04/09/2010

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Keep in mind your still healing!!! You just had a baby! Give it some time. I would reccomend you do the kegel exercises (pelvic floor) to help with you control over your bowel area. When your done your 6 week dr appt do yoga it really helps build the stomach muscles back.

Natalie - posted on 04/09/2010

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It takes quite a while! I have had three children, and it takes about 9 months for your stomach to stabilize. The muscles have gone through a lot, so give them some time to regroup. Don't do any exercise for the first 6 weeks- you'll only delay your recovery. You shouldn't strain your stomach muscles for the first 3 months either, because they are still healing from the caesar. Your belly button may never look the same as it once did, but relies on the surrounding stomach muscles so there's nothing specific you can do. But just relax and focus on being a mum- it is a tough transition...

Andrea - posted on 04/09/2010

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me too - my son was born on March 26th by c-section. I've only got 14lbs to go to my pre-pregnancy weight but I feel like my uterus is still high and my belly button is deformed. I bought panty's called "c-panty" to help with the recovery and it seems to help with support and hiding the "c-bulge". This is my second c-section and from what I remember it took 6 weeks to get back to normal, and even still I don't think my belly button will ever be the same it was so stretched out!

Shakira - posted on 04/07/2010

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I had a c-section 6 1/2 months ago and my belly is back to normal as it can be. Don't do any exercise until you have your 6 week check-up with your doc. I know it's frustrating to see your belly still big but it will go down on it's own. It takes time to recover but once you are given the all clear start a light exercise and go from there. I found using the Wii Fit helped to get back into the swing of things slowly.

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