does extra skin from a baby belly ever go away?

Chelsea - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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i hate this! i was working on losing weight at weight watchers before i was prego, and once i found out i was pregnant, my husband took the advantage of eating whatever the heck we want, and so i couldn't resist, and 6 months into birth is when the doc finally tells me i'm way too much over weight, after birth i have a weird shaped belly like its round then flat then beer gut bottom with flab skin, and for some reason i feel like none of this will ever go away and just my legs are going to get skinny. i feel gross!!! i feel like those fat guys with the gut that hang out from under their shirt, and there for = to depression, and i happen to be a depression eater! i've been stressed, depressed, feeling like crap, hating myself because of this uglyness.

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it could go away !! i had a really flabby stomach with loose skin and major stretch marks after my 1st daughter and it went away.. it took 3 yrs but even the stretchmarks are gone now ... and i didnt have the same problem with my 2nd pregnancy... i had no stretch marks and no loose skin after the second birth ( a bit of flab lol ) but yep it does go away

Cleo - posted on 01/18/2010

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i had twins at 17 and then i had a 10lb baby at 23. twins were vagional and the youngest was c-section. i also gained alot of weight with my kids. the doctor thought i was diabetic. i was close to 100lbs heavier with the birth of my youngest. i am 5'7" and 130lbs now. however i still have ALOT of skin left over. the doctors told me surgery is hte only way to get rid of it. that is my plan next year. boobs and tummy. kids ruined them both. i have a six pack and you can see the top of it but the extra skin hides the lower part. good luck hun.

Michelle - posted on 01/15/2010

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A few of my co-workers have told me to try wearing something like a girdle, it's actually worked with helping the skin tighten back up as you are doing all the other things like regular exercise and eating right. I think that if your belly is kind of hanging out there, it will remain stretched out, but if you help hold it in, the skin repairs itself.

Lendy - posted on 05/28/2012

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One secret that most moms depend on to lose the baby fat more effectively is breastfeeding. Studies published in the Journal of American Dietician Association shows those women who breastfeed burn more than 600 calories a day. This is equivalent to 2 hours of aerobic exercise. It was also found that it significantly reduces hip circumference even only at one month postpartum. Click here for more information.

Janise - posted on 11/30/2012

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Hi Chelsea, I'm new and just saw your post. I battled with my mommy tummy months after losing my baby weight. I've written an article about my battle with this and how I was able to lose the belly fat without surgeries or going to the gym. You can find the article here if you're still interested in reading. Good luck! It can be done it just takes some time and the right exercises! http://mamainheels.com/2012/11/21/mommy-...



My boys are 19 months and my tummy has lost most of the saggy skin. I practice yoga at home and do light jogging in our neighborhood 4 to 5 times a week. Don't do any surgeries. Be patience and the saggy skin will go away IF you eat healthy and exercise regularly.

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Kimberly - posted on 11/19/2012

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Katrina - posted on 08/29/2012

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It DOES go, even without trying as long as youre not like a slob, i had my son in 2007, and by 2010, my stomach was flat, i didnt exercise or eat healthy BUT i didnt sit around and eat junk food, i was going to college, helping with young siblings and my son plus a lot of walking, it took me 3 years, so i imagine if i tried it'd be quicker, but just my luck by the time i was beginning to be happy with my stomach i fell pregnant again, i'd just suggest not eating loads of junk food, and as much exercise as possible, any you can, maybe lifting baby/litlun a lot, that certainly pulls on your stomach muscles, good luck, youre not ugly, youve carried a baby :)

Faydra - posted on 06/20/2012

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Try not to let depression overwhelm you, this will take some time but you will regain your PRETTY! Good Luck!

Amber - posted on 09/28/2011

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yes it does go away I have three and my last son was born 5 years after the second and i was pretty close to my pre baby belly! do exersices eat as right as possible and PUT LOTION! very important!!!!

Candice - posted on 03/10/2011

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I have that too, but i'm working it off! Dont let people tell you surgery is the only way! Its not - thats an excuse for lazy people and doctors who want to make $$$! You CAN get rid of it but its not easy and it takes patience and dedication. You have to say to yourself that you will NOT allow yourself to get any "worse" and that you will start toning your body. Once all of the fat is gone your skin will tighten. The only way you get flabby skin that does not go away is with extreme dieting where you lose rapid amounts of weight without exercise. You MUST MUST MUST tone your body when losing weight. I do Wii Fit and Yoga. I've also heard pilates is awesome for the mummy tummy.
http://www.fityummymummy.com/ Go to this website, she rocks. You dont have to buy a membership because she does a lot of workout videos on youtube and still gives lots of tips if you dont get the membership and also - the "Tuppler Technique" research that as well. SURGERY IS THE EAY WAY OUT and you get a huge scar around your whole belly and an unnatural looking belly button. Trust me I feel for you - I lost 25lbs before I found out I was prego and looked DAMN good - I gained 35lbs in pregnancy, its been 4 months and only 5lbs has come off! But every time I get discouraged I just think - no matter how long it takes, as long as i'm working out and making good choices whenever I can I will eventually get there. Its when you get depressed and stop caring that the weight starts to pile on and you just get worse. Because staying and the same weight for a while is better than gaining any. Hope this helps!! LOTS OF WATER too!

Natalie - posted on 01/02/2011

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Darlin' amen to the depression. First of all the Doctor shouldn't have been so mean to tell you were overweight. Now my first pregnancy I was fine as I didn't put on too much weight - but my second pregnancy I did - I lost around 11kgs on my own with diet, gym, etc... but I still have loose skin in and around my belly button. My suggestion which I am going to do after my last pregnancy is lose all the weight you can then look into surgery to take away the extra skin. I have been on the skinny side my whole life and its only because I don't have the genes of elastic skin' and its usually people who have never been overweight. Remember your skin stretched so quickly over 9months - when people put on weight is not usually so dramatic so there skin slowly stretches and can usually go back to normal with weight loss. I really feel for you. Look into what its going to cost, and instead of eating in a depressed state put away the pennies you were going to spend on depressed food! Actually you know what this should be funded by the government you know, as it is extremely common and would help a lot of depression that we don't need when being mothers.

Jeramie - posted on 04/08/2010

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I have the pooch and flabby skin still (10 months after giving birth) but it is slowly going away. I do exercises especially abdominal, and they seem to be working. I don't do them as often as i know I should. It is hard to find the time and energy.

Jessica - posted on 04/08/2010

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I know exactly how you feel. i was working out and trying to stay fit before i got pregnant. I ended up with preeclampsia and it caused me to retain a lot of water. By the end of my pregnancy i gained 75lbs and now three months after my daughter was born i've lost almost all of the weight but i'm left with this gross flabby skin on my lower belly. I asked the doctor if there was anything that will help with it and if lots of exercise will make it go away. Unfortunatley he says i'll be stuck with this flabby skin. It still makes me feel gross whenever i get dressed i wish i could have my same body as i did before. The Big positive is my beautiful baby girl! Every time i feel like crap i look at her and remind myself that she is the best thing that ever happened to me. I know that this probably isnt the good news you were looking for but this is just what i was told. Like i said just be happy to have a healthy, beautiful baby!!

Shereen - posted on 01/18/2010

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Exercise is the best thing for it without that nomatter how healthy you eat you wont lose it, Dont overdo it tho coz u could damage urself in the process, best exercising that i had done after haveing my son is having personal trainer on ninteno ds which you can pick ur own workouts and work at ur own level, if you dont have one then crunches will be best, hope this helps, gd look and it will take time but u will get there

Crystal - posted on 01/17/2010

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It's a dvd workout series by a company called Beach Body. I used to watch the infomercials in the middle of night while nursing my son during the early days. Actually I used to see the Slim-in-Six ones most and ended up buying it about 5 months PP.

Crystal - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have never tried P90x or Lean Chalean, but I've heard great things. 9 months PP I am still trying to lose the weight. I did Slim In Six for a while and noticed a HUGE difference in my tummy...til I quit doing it altogether. Stick with the Weight Watchers + exercise. It's amazing. :) Good luck to you.

Toni - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have two children and I only gained about 30 pounds with each one, lost all the weight with each one, and I still have extra skin. I'm 5'4 and 105 pounds and I can feel the muscles on my stomach from exercise, but over the muscle and below my belly button is just some loose skin from the babies. I suggest getting in as good as shape as possible and if you still have the extra skin I think the only thing to fix it is surgery. :-/

Beckie-Lynn - posted on 01/16/2010

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P90X and ChaLEAN Extreme are both great at-home programs you can do to tone your post-baby body. Resistance training combined with cardio (turbo jam, walk away the pounds, etc.) and low-fat eating (weight watchers is good, so is clean eating and nutri-system) will really help your body bounce back. Certainly the sooner you get started, the better. Best wishes to you... you CAN do it!!!

Monica - posted on 01/15/2010

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Poppy Montgomery (she's on Without a Trace) gained 70 lbs with her baby... and she said she lost all the weight with P90X. the good thing about P90X is that there's a diet that goes with it, making a little extra work, but if you're really that concerned, i think it'll go a long way for you. my husband and i tried p90x a while ago--just didn't work for us time-wise. we both had pretty demanding jobs and social lives. if you're a stay at home mom and can fit the routines in between naps, i think it's amazing! if you're a little more pressed for time, Tony Horton (th instructor) does have 10-minute trainers now. you can put as many as you want together to make it as long as you want. the point is that there's no excuse. 10 minutes. everyone can find 10 minutes. i've recently started them (can only do some videos though bc i'm 36 weeks), and i really enjoy them.
but i think the girls are right about the skin. a lot of it is genetics and elasticity. sometimes, surgery is the only option. if there's a Tuesday Morning or Stein Mart (??) by you, i've seen SPANX in there for $10. that might help looking more natural and comfortable under clothes.

Elle - posted on 01/15/2010

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Exercise and eating right will get rid of the extra weight/ belly fat but not the extra skin. Surgery is the only was to get rid of the skin. You have to get rid of the extra weight before doing anything about the skin.

Stephanie - posted on 01/15/2010

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To give you hope my flabby belly did go away eventually and now I weigh less than pre-baby (and I gained about 35lbs with the pregnancy which I think is a lot!). I think it was a combination of keeping up with our son and hardly ever finding time to eat meals like I did before. I also went from eating literally the worst foods possible and drinking LOTS of pop before I was pregnant to eating healthier because I wanted him to be healthy too. I think my drastically changed eating habits are what did the most for me. Don't get discouraged, just try to stay healthy

Christina - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yeah I hear ya! I juat had my second baby in two years. :( They are only 13 months apart and that killed me. Because I feel the same way you do. Lately I have started the P90X exercise thingy that I can do at home while my babies sleep. Its hard but it seems to be helping me out a lot though. So you totally are not the only one. But just stick with working out and you should be able to get back into shape. It totally just takes a while though.

Kimberly - posted on 01/15/2010

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Ugh...I would love to say yes. I have had two kids and it has been two years since I had my youngest son. I have not gotten rid of it because of my lacking in excercising my abs. I eat good and I have lost most of my weight but not the tummy part. It is a part of life and if you work on it I am sure it will go away with the stretchmarks too.

Leticia - posted on 01/15/2010

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Try doing Stomach toning excersises and to eat healthy. like crunchies ect. that should HELP with the excess flab on your stomach. go back to weight watchers if it was helping you pre-baby.

Melissa - posted on 01/15/2010

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Every body is different. Just eat right and exercise, try small like stretching like yoga and then work up. Crunches and sit ups are the only true way to reshape the belly. It takes time to recover from having a kid because your belly gets so big and under a year and then the baby comes out really quick. No matter how it looks just look at your baby and remember you grew a life in there, a glorious wonderful person whom you love and who loves you. It won't happen overnight but eventually it will get back to a more normal shape.

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