How do you get rid of the baby belly flab when it's been over a year!?

Stephanie - posted on 12/09/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I have 2 kids and my dd is now 16 months and I still havent lost all my baby weight. Its mostly all in the belly and its 'not pretty'. Will it tighten back up? How can you lose belly weight fast? Any suggestions?

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Pilates, and short-burst work outs do an incredible job of reducing the pooch in most women. It's not about working so hard you want to fall over, or starving yourself. It's about proper targeting, routine and consistency, and determination. Get a pilates or yoga at-home DVD that are designed for tummy tightening, look into circuit training, and eat a healthy diet that is a full, regular calorie count. You can do it. After my daughter was born, I did all of that - and it was no time (seriously, no time at all) before I was back to almost exactly where I had been. I've gained a lot recently due to stress, but every time I go back to my old routine, it falls right back off. Plus, it helps you work out your frustration!!

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Ania - posted on 12/19/2011

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You cant get rid off ffat in only one spot. What you have to o is eating less and have a lot of exercise. You also have to have realistic expectations. Give your self at least 6 months of regular exercise routine, where you actually sweat for an hour a day and start eating less and helathier fruit veggies and whole grains and a lot of water. Then you are on a good track to loose weight, as of flab it may not go away entirely, thats what pregnancy does unfortunately.

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Crystal - posted on 12/19/2011

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Exercise and a healthy diet are obvious methods. But people often forget that stress helps fat target your stomach. And babies are incredibly stressful. So if you're still not seeing adequate results after seriously exercising and sticking to a healthy diet while monitoring portion sizes and frequency, work on the stress. Plus, yo-yo diets and all that nonsense DO NOT work. You'll only return to your old eating habits and then be in the same predicament as before.

Rebekah - posted on 12/18/2011

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Mine disappeared pretty easy after my first without doing anything. I gained 50lbs and when I lost the weight, I lost my belly.

After my 2nd child, however, I started working out and running and 18 months later I still had it (the belly). I was a good 5lbs lighter than previously, but could not seem to get rid of the jelly belly.... So I got pregnant again. :)

I worked out and ate better during my 3rd pregnancy, but 2 months after my 3rd was born I still have the same flabby belly.

Stephanie - posted on 12/16/2011

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Thanks soo much for the info ladies! I guess I'll keep with my dieting and working out, and hope to one day see a bit of a tighter tummy!

Ash - posted on 12/14/2011

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From my experience and hear-say, your tummy will never be the same! I gave birth to a 9 lb, 21 in baby in 09, and it looks like i just gave birth...lol...But for the most part, what I have noticed was when I drink a lot more water and eat more foods that "clean you out", i feel less weight on my tummy...So me and my bf are going on a small diet and try some things...If they work I'll spare some details!

Leslie - posted on 12/14/2011

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I lost my after she was nine months old. I was dietabtic when I was pregnant. which I stayed on my diet. which was eat less carbs and more meat. I wear the shape up shoes and sandels. I have a job that i do alot of walking and I don't know the meaning of the work relax. I'm always on the go. I gain 60 pounds and i lost all but 10 pounds.

Stephanie - posted on 12/12/2011

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I got back to my pre-pregnancy weight after both pregnancies (and with my second I only gained 22lbs), I do a ton of walking and I eat pretty healthy. The weight is gone but the tummy flab is still there. I guess it's just part of having kids.

Tiffany - posted on 12/11/2011

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I've been trying to get rid of the belly for 2 years... I guess I'm just not trying hard enough. They say walking is the best and easiest form of exercise. So I hope you're one of the lucky ones who has someone to go walking/jogging with. :P

Amanda - posted on 12/11/2011

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I have 2 kids and my youngest is months, I still have baby belly that I can't shift.
I was lucky and lost all my baby weight after I had the kids, I think after I had my daughter I was only 1kg heavier than when I fell pregnant with my first baby.
I go to the gym, do lots of cardio, weights and core work. I am now lighter and more toned than I have ever been and dropped a dress size, but the belly won't shift it's just loose skin that I don't think I will ever be able to totally get rid of.
You have to stick to a healthy diet as well, and be commited to your game plan. Alot of it is in the mind, you really have to want to change and loose the weight.

Shauna - posted on 12/11/2011

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Oh, and I forgot to mention that I think you basically lose weight all over, not in one area at a time, so as you exercise, you can't really just focus on slimming the belly. I mean, you can work the muscles, but I think fat really is added and subtracted over the whole body. I was doing Just Dance 3 on the Wii as my exercise and it was really fun. I stopped with morning sickness but hope to pick it up again soon so I will be in better shape this time 'round.

Shauna - posted on 12/11/2011

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Well, I was almost down to my pre-pregnancy weight and now I'm pregnant again, so I don't know! But I think that while it will get better, we're likely to be a little poochy down there, like so many middle-aged and older women we've seen unless we want to pay for and take the risks of tummy tucks, which, after reading an article, I really don't think I'm up for. But it was really starting to shrink down, just not really tightening up. I really wish now that I hadn't gained 50 pounds last time. That probably didn't help.

Danielle - posted on 12/10/2011

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I gave birth at the age of 17 so the skins tends to be more elastic. I am 23 now and only recently started losing weight to the point I am almost at the amount I was before pregnancy.

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I have lost all the weight, but my belly skin is flabby and gross and always will be.

I'm sure that's not what you want to hear, so hopefully someone else will have a better answer for you. It's just a fact of life that I've accepted... especially since I had a twin pregnancy first and have had 2 c-sections. My belly will never be 'nice' again. ;)

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