post pregnancy tummy

Heather - posted on 04/17/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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During my pregnancy I ate very healthily and actually lost some weight. Now I have given birth its really depressing me how saggy my tummy is, as in the skin etc. My muscles have knitted back together and are pretty tight as are my pelvic floors but I don't know how to sort my tummy out! My daughter is four weeks old now. Anyone help??

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Kiara - posted on 04/19/2010

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While eating healthy and not gaining a lot of weight is a good thing to do while pregnant, I don't believe it has any effect on how your skin will react to the extreme stretching that occurs during pregnancy. You can try several different things, including surgery if it bothers you that much. Or you can embrace your mommy body, workout, and appreciate yourself the way you are today.

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2010

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Exercising is good for the muscles. As far as the skin, it never really goes back to normal. There will always be a little extra stretch in the belly skin. Just embrace and love your mommy body. Find clothes that highlight the best parts of your new body but hide the parts (belly skin) that are less flattering. Good luck, fellow beautiful mommy!

Leanne - posted on 04/19/2010

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it can sometimes take even up to a couple of years for some mums to get back to the perfect shape. If you';re worried about the stress marks, check with your local chemist as there is a variety of creams and lotions available to help with those. as for shape? keep doing everything you are and maintain that healthy balance and with time and patience it should correct itself. if you do become really concerned, check with your local GP

Joanne - posted on 04/19/2010

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9 months up 9 months down. But it took me just over a year with my first. Just had my second and really struggling

Lungile - posted on 04/19/2010

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Its so early you need to give yourself time!..LOL. Start exercising and within 2-3 months you will notice a change..Dont rush it just eat properly and do tummy excersises.

Angela - posted on 04/18/2010

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Jenn - posted on 04/18/2010

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I'm with you! I gained 38lbs but ate very healthy and stayed in shape. At 4 weeks post pregnancy I had already lost 23lbs but still look like I could be pregnant! Let's just say that being hormonal and feeling like I'm still big doesn't mix. The worst part is that I can feel my tummy move when I'm being very active- I can't stand it! Hang in there, I hear it will eventually go back....

Andie - posted on 04/18/2010

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Honestly, it depends on how old you are and your body. I was back in my jeans I wore before I was pregnant 2 months after I had my son but I also breastfed which helps you lose the weight faster. My son is 36 weeks old and my tummy is still not tight. One of my friends had her son at 36 and honestly you could not tell she ever had a kid but she swears her stomach isn't the same as it was before. Her son will be 4 in July.

You can't un-stretch skin completely and you can't get rid of stretch marks naturally. The only way to completely get your tummy back or to get rid of stretch marks is to have them surgically removed.

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My son is just over 6 months and is my 2nd child. I had a c-section with him and I'm just now noticing that my stomach is starting to go back to "normal". I started walking/running when he was about 4 weeks old and that has helped. I recently started working out with weights and am starting to notice more of a difference, but patience is the key! Accepting that your body has changed is also a big part of it also. Embrace it!! You have something wonderful to show for it :)

Alyssa - posted on 04/18/2010

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ya my daughter is 1yr and 2 months old and i still have that ugly streched tummy look. i have lost 15 pounds withen the last 3 weeks, becuase i have actually found time to be able to do so. but i know for sure ill never have the tummy i had before. but just know its going to take longer then 4 weeks to see real results.

Katy - posted on 04/18/2010

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It took you 9 months to get that belly, expect for it to take at least that long to lose it. And more then likely it wont be the same as it was before. I have heard the belly bands help hold everything in and heal the muscles quicker- that may be worth trying! Good luck!

Natalie - posted on 04/18/2010

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4 weeks!!! My son is 17 months and my tummy is still not as it was, and i dont expect it to ever look the same. I only gained 30 lbs and i was super skinny before i was pregnant - everyone is different.

Jessica - posted on 04/17/2010

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It's much easier to stretch out the skin that it is to make it go back to normal. With my daughter, it took about a year to look more normal, but it never really went back the way that it was before. My son is 6 months and my tummy is starting to look better again. Still not as it was before kids though lol. Since he is my last kid I'm really going to get serious about working out this summer and trying to flatten all body parts out LOL. Good luck!

Carolee - posted on 04/17/2010

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Think of how long your skin was stretched out. Give it that long again to go back to "normal" (or as close as you can get it). Your body will never be the same after having children. It's just a fact. Things have been moved and stretched. You can get back to something similar, but it will never be the same. Embrace your mommy body!

Lacey - posted on 04/17/2010

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Lilian is almost 6 months and I have the same problem. That past few days it has been really depressing me. But Im not too concerned with it, I avoid the mirror, and only getr naked to shower, the hubby and I dont have sex so he never sees me naked. LOL you could try crunches and sit ups, they may tighted the skin. Good luck

LaCi - posted on 04/17/2010

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It took about a year for my belly skin to seem normal again. Looking back I wish I would have used the tummy bands after having my c section, I really think they would have helped.

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