Why hasn't my belly gone down yet????

Victoria - posted on 01/14/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born 4 months ago and my belly still sticks out!! Why??????????????

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Rosie - posted on 01/17/2011

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i can't say for sure, but sometimes your abdominal muscles actually seperate during pregnancy. it causes the top part of your stomach to protrude like you are still pregnant (obviously not as big). this is from a website:

Checking for Separated Muscles
It is very easy to determine whether you have separated abdominal muscles.

Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
Slowly raise your head and shoulders off the ground. This should cause your abdominal muscles to tighten.
Place your index and middle fingers just below your belly button.
Press into your abdomen with your fingers. You should feel a soft gap between two hard muscles.
Measure the space of the gap using your fingers. If the gap is greater than two finger widths, you may be suffering from separated muscles.
Treating Separated Muscles
There are some easy ways to help treat separated muscles after you have given birth. Simple abdominal exercises can help to bring the left and right sides of your rectus abdominus back together. These abdominal exercises are designed to help target weak muscles and won’t cause extra stress to your stomach or back. Work to perform three sets of ten repetitions each.

Before you begin any type of exercise, though, be sure to consult with your health care provider. These stomach exercises are suitable if you have undergone a cesarean section, as long as your stitches have been removed and your scars have healed.

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Work to bring your navel as close as possible to your spine, so it looks as if your stomach is "caving in". Hold this for a minute or two, while continuing to relax and breathe.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place both of your hands on your abdomen, fingers pointing towards your pelvis. Exhale and lift your head off of the floor, while pressing down with your fingers.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Exhale and extend one leg out in front of you. Wait for your abdomen to contract, and then inhale and place your leg back on the floor. Alternate legs.
Wrap a long towel around your stomach with the ends in front of your abdomen. Do a crunch. As you raise your shoulders and head off of the ground, pull the ends of the towel towards one another.

if it's no that, it's probably just still having some loose skin and muscles from being pregnant. :)

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The culprit, loose skin and stretched muscles...I dropped to my pre pregnant weight about 3ish months after i had my daughter. My belly is still poochie, its because of the stretched skin not shrinking back up and the muscles bulging outward to make room for the baby. Olive oil and shea butter are good to tighten up the skin. Exercises help pull the muscles back in. I like yoga, its good for the mind body and soul..but the main thing it needs is time.its a slow process for some..im still working on it and i had my baby a year ago. I did have a section so its going to be harder for me. Don't feel bad, pretty much every mom goes through this.

Bonnie - posted on 01/14/2011

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Nothing is really the same after you have a baby. You might go back to your pre-pregnancy weight or even lower, but your body is just not the same. You definitely don't just bounce back. I am down to my original weight, but I still have that little pouch in the front that especially when I am pmsing it can make me look like I am 3-4 months pregnant and I had my second child almost 2.5 years ago.

Mrs. - posted on 01/17/2011

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By the by, breastfeeding will absolutely make your uterus shrink in the first few months, after that, if you do some reading, most women will tend to hold on to an extra ten pounds or so while still BFing. Some women are okay with this, others not so much. It can be a challenge to really get back to a comfortable weight if you continue BFing past the first couple months. Some think it's worth that little bump...I know a lot of the women in my baby group felt that way when we chatted about it. Me not so much, I never feel very comfortable holding on to extra weight.

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my son is 14 months old and i still don't have a flat tummy! don't worry your body is never the same after having a baby

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ohh Jeannette thats like me except i had a 9 pounder but i borrowed a zumba dvd to do while marsh was asleep during he day and i just don't have the energy to do it

Momof1 - posted on 01/17/2011

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I breastfed for 13.5 months and I still have 25 lbs left to loose. I gained more then necessary and my son was tiny 6 lb 10 oz. I did start doing taebo and I was walking with my son (in the summer) but never saw a difference. I bought a new exercise video and I've heard good things about it, so I'm hoping that a: I actually do it and b: it works. Of course eating healthy is the best way to go, but I hate healthy eating... for me, not my son. All he likes is healthy foods. :)

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I could only breast feed for 6 weeks...didn't help much and i would of liked to express but it was the quality of my milk causing the problems

Marci - posted on 01/17/2011

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did u and r u breast feeding? that can make a big difference because breast feeding helps ur uterus go back to normal, that is why u can get pains down in that area when u r feeding ur baby. other than that just wait a couple more months, it should go back down.

Kristy - posted on 01/15/2011

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you just need to persaver with it after my second the doctoers to out 2 kg of scar tissue from the first and i still had that little bit of skin that i just could not get rid of so just keep working on it

Stifler's - posted on 01/14/2011

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4 months isn't that long. i thought i'd never look like my old self again but by 9 months i think things started to get back to normal. of course by then i was PREGNANT AGAIN. grrr.

Mrs. - posted on 01/14/2011

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You can't really spot train. Even if you do crunches and if you don't put a good cardio workout with it your little abs will be hidden under the fat.

I do agree with the ladies though, most of my body is quite thin now (18 months later) but I still have what I call my little ponchy. It's not really fat as much as a bump of skin. I think for lots of women this little bump doesn't go away.

If you wanna make yourself feel better, go see The Fighter. I noticed Amy Adams, who is very thin and look very sexy in the movie, has a little ponchy much like my own. I know she had a baby around the same time as me, it's just what happens.

Still, don't despair, it will get better, you will loose weight and you will feel good about your body again. It might help to have a fitness goal to encourage you at the end of your year (which seems to be around the time most of the women I know could claim back their bodies). I choose a 5k run and I was so proud of myself....even if ponchy had to cross the finish line with me.

Tyrae - posted on 01/14/2011

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Don't just do crunches, throw in some cardio too, even though yes crunches will give you muscle in your abs, you also need the cardio to burn as much calories as possible. :)

Amanda - posted on 01/14/2011

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well 4 months isn't that long at all! give it time! while crunches are great, what you really need to get rid of the fat is consistant cardio (walking, running/jogging, jump roping etc....)

Victoria - posted on 01/14/2011

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I just heard about this thing called belly bandit it's a band that compresses around your belly and alot of celebs sware by it... i think i'm going to try it out :) hopefully 4 months is not too late to get results...

Angie - posted on 01/14/2011

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It will probaby never be the same as it was before you got pregnant. It's part of the Mommy Badge. Watch your diet and work out and things will get better. I was able to lose most of my belly but even when I got to below my prepregnancy weigh I still had a small pouchy belly.

Schyla - posted on 01/14/2011

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I had my first 5 years ago your body dose not just bounce back! I just had my third in December (and have been told to start exercising again) crunches are a pain but there are other things you can do to target that area google it!!

Victoria - posted on 01/14/2011

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Well... I just recently started exercising, and trying to diet...:( i need to really stick to it but i hate doing crunches!! I do them because i want so much to get rid of this belly and love handles. Everyone told me that after the first couple of babies your body bounces right back, so i have been waiting and waiting but no change!

Christy - posted on 01/14/2011

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HA! It's been almost 3 yrs for me and I cannot get rid of the tire which surrounds my waist and stomach to save my life.......and I diet and exercise.

Jocelyn - posted on 01/14/2011

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Because very few people are blessed with the body type that instantly reverts back to pre-baby shape. Have you started any exercises? How are your eating habits? From experience (and my friends experiences) it takes about a year for your body to get back to normal.

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