saggy tummy troubles

Kim - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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After four kids, my tummy looks like a kangaroo pouch. Any tips for tightening up? I am afraid that I will never wear a bikini again! I am happy with my weight, but just can't seem to get rid of that extra sag! What exercises help? I have heard cutting our sugar works? I am not opposed to surgery either!

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LaKeisha - posted on 11/20/2009

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I have the same problem ladies. I'm considering belly dancing along with all of the other exercises that we can do. I've had 3 vaginal deliveries and 1 csection and I thought I would be able to lose the tummy and the sagging. The sagging is embarrassing so much that I don't want my husband to see it. I'm just getting started and I hope that I see progress soon. I don't want to get discouraged...

Shannon - posted on 11/21/2009

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i also have a saggy, unfortunately after having both my kids I carried all out front and due to being small i was stretched to oblivian. I now have stretched muscles that I'm trying to fix by going to the gym every second night however I know that I also have a hernia from carrying the way I did and my skin well lets just say I tuck it into my undies every morning.



I am due a checkup this week and I will be discussing my options with my doctor because it looks awful.........

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I know what you mean!! i think there is only so much exercise you can do...but i think you either have to accept ive had 4 kids & this is how mu tummy will be or fork out for a tummy tuck!!

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Chantana - posted on 07/22/2010

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I can relate. I have three sons and I am a petite woman with saggy tummy. I have learned to accept it and the people that sees my tummy is my husband and our family doctor.

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Once again, I can't imagine having the scars... I guess I'd rather wear the extra baggage of "pride" of being a mom than the scars of being overly vain?? LOL Here are some after images I pulled off medical websites...

http://img.webmd.com/dtmcms/live/webmd/c...``

http://www.cosmeticsurgerycenter.com/ima...

http://z.hubpages.com/u/1671856_f520.jpg

And here is a slideshow one girl put together. Quite frankly, I think it looks awful. but that's MY opinion...

Renee - posted on 11/20/2009

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Yes, my doctor told me (after two babies) one 11 lbs that I'd never do enough situps to make it flat again and I mean not even close. My tummy sags like an empty sack. He told me that a tummy tuck is really the only way to fix things. On the good side it will get rid of my c-section scars. Hmmmmmm.

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I guess I'd rather live with a "little" sag than that horrible scar...I've only had one, and have been super proud of my flat tunny all my life (and never had to work for it)... Now I have a very little pooch, and I absolutely hate it. I was "thinking" about surgery, then a girlfriend, 10 years younger, got a tummy tuck, and the scar is AWFUL! Yes, it is below the bikini line, and is "supposed" to fade. She also said it was VERY painful. But, although I'm not vain, no thanks. I'd rather do ANY and EVERY exercise first and prove that nothing else works.

Mandisa - posted on 11/20/2009

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Oh thank goodness i thought i was the only one...its frustrating. I'm thinking of Mesotherapy procedure.

Colleen - posted on 11/19/2009

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I've got a saggy...never got rid of it after my fourth becuse of muscle collapse when he was born... but it is said that tummy execise helps

TIFFANY - posted on 11/19/2009

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i have a pooch also. i was told that after she was born. i would lose it months later. b
ut no i gained an extra 9lbs. and she is my first born

Daynna - posted on 11/19/2009

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Nothing really works to get rid of the stretched skin. I had three children, all c-sections, and after my youngest turned 15 I decided to treat myself to surgery. I now, after 21 years, can finally wear a bikini again!!! The best gift I have ever treated myself too.

Natalie - posted on 11/19/2009

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I don't have a saggy tummy so can't really relate, during and after my son I maintained and lost the baby weight afterwards to hopefully stop this! (we'll see I on Number two) however my mum had 4 kids and was always a large women - she got her stomach stapled lost all her weight and that saggy pouch you speak of was still there. She had it removed it is not fat it is skin and unfortunately you can't lose skin without medical help. This however she says was a painful proceedure, she didn't expect it to be that painful - I think it was the drains that they had in either side of her and it also got infected. If you want to be that bikini again or want to regain back some confidence don't wait 30 years to do it like she did, because thats a long time to feel unsexy! JUST DO IT! :D

DeAnn - posted on 11/19/2009

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I had multiples 15 1/2 years ago. I still have a saggy belly. I had C-sections with both of my pregnancies (3 kids later). One doc did an up and down incision, the second doc did the bikini incision. (Both pregnancies by the way were high risk.) I feel like I have a tic tac toe board on my belly. I've learned to accept it for the most part. But I still don't like it. So I am finding your postings interesting.

Rozanne - posted on 11/19/2009

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Try bicycling it helps tighten up the skin down there....it's not a over night fix, but it works a little and helps you look and feel little better. Instead of doing the treadmill at the gym, i do the sit down bicycles...trying to get into the cycling class without passing out...lol!

Susan - posted on 11/19/2009

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Don't be fooled ... if anyone can relate to a sagging belly, it's a mom who has had multiples. I had twins 2 1/2 years ago and I was the biggest pregnant person I had ever seen! 10 months after the girls friends of ours got married on the beach and that meant a bikini! And yes, I did it - bikini and all. It wasn't easy, a lot of cardio, eating VERY clean and too many ab exercises to count - but it was worth it! At 35, I lost all 40 lbs. of baby weight plus a little more. Do everything you can before you consider surgery - tucks are PAINFUL and it's expensive. Talk to a trainer at a gym, do some research at a bookstore. Trust me, there's lots of things that you can do, and if I could do it, so can you!!!

Rachelle - posted on 11/19/2009

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I too have had that soft spongy feeling with me for the past 17yrs, and am now investigating the only way to get rid of it...surgery! The more weight you lose the saggier it becomes, the more weight you gain the more stretch marks and so on.. I'm at a very comfortable weight and have decided after much thought that surgery is worth looking into..

Jessica - posted on 11/18/2009

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I do hate to tell you this but you will never loose that sag unless you secretely get a bit of a tuck. I have the same problem and the doctors have told me that everything behind the skin is tight and good. Its just the skin that has lost its elasticity unfortunately.

Ginger - posted on 11/18/2009

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I can soooo relate. After 5 my tummy was shot. I am a thin person with a pooch. It seems like it's mostly skin. I've tried everything now I am learning to accept that my tummy will never be flat again.

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