What's your 'overhang' like after 2 Csecs?

(57 Posts)
MolotovCocktail Tue 25-Feb-14 20:29:11

If you have one, that is?

I had an ELCS almost 2y ago and aside from the silvery scar, you would never know.

Dh would like another child. I am leaning towards the idea but am concerned about the effects of a 3rd pg / 2nd CS (dd1 born vaginally in 2009; dd2 ELCS 2012).

I know it's a vain question and there are other concerns re. CS, but this is something that is on my mind.

ListenToTheLady Thu 27-Feb-14 09:42:16

Yes my very neat scars were by male surgeons, I don't think there's necessarily any correlation.

I remember with my first EMCS, through my post-op daze the MW telling me "Ooh, you're lucky you have got xxxxxx, he will do a lovely neat job" grin

Strongecoffeeismydrug Thu 27-Feb-14 00:23:46

First c section I had a female surgeon and was left with a small overhang.
Had 2nd c section 3 weeks ago and had a male surgeon, he said the first scar was untidy, so he used the same scar to get baby out and did a bit of skin trimmingsmile. 3 weeks post op my scar is lovely,flat, straight and overhang free grin

MolotovCocktail Wed 26-Feb-14 19:03:11

*surgeon, not spongebob (or whatever I wrote)

MolotovCocktail Wed 26-Feb-14 19:01:27

Well, my CS was carried out by a male surgeon. He was very good: no infection, my stupid blood that doesn't clot properly was controlled and I've ended up with a neat scar and no overhang (the shelf does come back a little when af is due I.e. bloating). There is a slight pucker on the right-hand side of the scar tho.

The surgeob wasn't keen on me having the CS because it was maternal request. The reason why I requested it is genuine to me - its that in combination with the fact I've already had one which is why I'd request ELCS again and not VBAC.

Maybe if I ever become pg again, I'd ask for a female consultant (wouldn't have to meet him again and go through the same grilling, and perhaps slightly better embroidery skills grin )

Anyway, thank-you for your replies to my rather vain thread. I'm certainly getting broody again, maybe against my better judgement ... confused

lotsofcheese Wed 26-Feb-14 13:00:50

I forgot to say previously that I've had to abandon low-rise knickers, jeans etc as they simply slipped down into the shelf, digging into my scar. So it's big pants all round!

And YY to numbness below belly button. A year later I'm not hugely optimistic it will get any better.

HappyAsEyeAm Wed 26-Feb-14 12:13:03

Haveyoutried I think I need to accept that I need to exercise. I don't think its possible for me to do much more with diet alone. I know that I could lose about 5 lb, but I find 8 stone 3 pounds a difficult weight to main. Maybe regular swimming will help. Or I could take the cellophane off the exercise DVDs.

I saw that same picture of Kate Middleton's tummy. I have a vclose friend who has had three DC and her tummy is completely flat and very toned too. Her figure is amazing and her tummy is a thing of beauty (not muscular, just flat). She exercises, and also eats far less than I do though and I have never seen her eat crap.

I need to make a proper effort and then judge whether it has made a difference! Ds2 is nearly 2yo now, so its time.

Sorry for all the typos in my previous post. Well done on your pilates toning. Having had the two emcs, I don't know if I could put myself through a tummy tuck. Any extra surgery is quite scary for me.

Happy I think to some extent time helps. Not a huge amount but a bit! I also did a 1:1 pilates session for a year or so which helped..... a little bit! (Luckily it was very very cheap I normally couldn't afford that sort of thing)

I remember properly crying when the sun had a picture if Kate Middleton's glimpse of toned tum just a few months after birth (I was pretty drunk though!) DP said if it really upset me we could think about a tummy tuck but I'd never be able to go through with it!

HappyAsEyeAm Wed 26-Feb-14 08:55:14

Haveyoutried I had quite a doughy tummy after I had DS1 6 years ago. He was 8 lb 8 oz. I lost all my pregnancy weight, but my tummy was never the same.Then 2 years ago I had DS2. He was 9 lb 5 oz. I am a short, small framed size 10. I took months to lose the bloating second time round, and until about 4 months post partum, I looked like I'd had a drastic weight loss surgery type thing because I had so much exceess skin on my tummy. Nowhere else.

Then when he was about 5 months, I got back to my pre pregnancy weight, but I am still in serius need of toniging all over. I don't know how I could possibly shift this excess and doughy crinkled puckered skin on my tummy though. I am 8 stone 5 pounds, so hardly enormous, but my tummy is a mess. I find spanx are marvellous at holding it all in so that I can feel confident in some dresses, so I 100% recommend those (the ones that go up to undernerath your bra and down your legs like cycling shorts)!

Beckamaw Tue 25-Feb-14 23:15:57

I have 3 children. 1 vaginal (forceps), 1 EMCS, 1 ELCS.
2nd was borderline GD and polyhydramnious, 3rd was at age 39.
Gained 3 stone each time.
I have no overhang, no stretch marks, no visible scar.
I'm lucky maybe?

lotsofcheese Tue 25-Feb-14 23:07:32

After 2 EMCS, it's pretty grim. It wasn't so bad after the 1st, as I was really fit prior to & during pregnancy plus didn't gain much weight. It was a female consultant doing the surgery. Next time it was a male registrar doing the surgery late at night - I got a butchering. My shelf hangs out by a good few inches. I'm hoping diet & exercise will help - but not massively optimistic.

Teatimecakes Tue 25-Feb-14 22:52:49

I had an elcs - no over hang at all. Was a size 12 before ds and now am a 14 - I have a bit of a tummy still, but that's more to do with over indulgence than pregnancy or cs smile the only thing I find now is that any weight I gain goes straight to the bump area and makes me look pregnant again!

Nice to know I'm not alone Happy - it feels like it sometimes!

Imagine my face when ten days after dc1 was born I asked my community midwife when the wrinkles would disappear.... and she said probably never and told me to start saving my child benefit for a tummy tuck shock

I can laugh about it now.... [ grin]

PrimalLass Tue 25-Feb-14 22:30:01

Mine is getting much better with fasting and avoiding gluten.

1944girl Tue 25-Feb-14 22:29:55

I have had two EMCS both with the classical scar. The advantage of having the classical scar is you do not get an overhang as such, but this scar, being a long line down your abdomen looks like a tuck when healed the two would be overhangs are down each side of it IYSWIM.
The disadvantage of it is it does not fade and mine is still clearly visible 41 years later. I call it my battle scar.It is many years since I wore a bikini but when I did the visible scar never bothered me.

HappyAsEyeAm Tue 25-Feb-14 22:22:14

Yes, I have the crepey saggy doughy stomach too. No overhang, but that hardly matters as my stomach is such a mess. I am a size 10, buy seriously doughy and crinkled.

ListenToTheLady Tue 25-Feb-14 22:21:03

(strangely bikini models with gunts were not forthcoming in my google search grin)

Eatriskier Tue 25-Feb-14 22:20:45

I've had an EMCS and an ELCS, I was done up so tightly after the first the overhang was bad (emcs). The second didn't worsen anything. However I was very overweight after both which didn't help. I've lost 6 stone recently and my overhang isn't horrendous which I attribute to hula hooping 3 times a week.

MrsCDNinUK Tue 25-Feb-14 22:20:25

Not much of one and I've had 2 c/s and a laparotomy using the same incision (so 3 surgeries). C/S #3 is next week but I don't tend to gain a lot of weight pregnant - 15 lbs or so. I'm on the fluffy side so we'll see what happens when I lose the weight I want to.

HappyAsEyeAm Tue 25-Feb-14 22:19:49

Thanks Little. I thought I had completely misunderstood what a c section overhang actually was!

Mignonette Tue 25-Feb-14 22:16:18

I have no skin or pinch sensation in my lower abdomen 19 years after my last CS but that's not surprising- I have had a lot of surgery.

ListenToTheLady Tue 25-Feb-14 22:15:02

Sorry happy they are an example of a bikini I would wear and one that would be out of the question. The bodies are not illustrative of my gunt! (Or indeed any of the rest of me)

And I don't think (personally) it's much to do with exercise or not TheonlyoneIknow - I was really strong and slim before both pregnancies.....alas.......... grin

AuditAngel Tue 25-Feb-14 22:14:15

I have a big overhang, but that is because I am fat.

I have 3 DC, 2 and 3 by CS. My overhang is bigger now than after number 2, but I am a clothes size larger than I was after number 2 (I lost a stone through stress) I'm heavier but the same clothes size as before/after number 1.

Even though my last CS was over 3 years ago, I still have no feeling in my skin from about an inch below my belly button, that still seems weird.

TheFowlAndThePussycat Tue 25-Feb-14 22:12:38

Yeah, it's bad. 2 sections plus emergency surgery post 2nd C-section (they sewed me up & then had to go in again). I'm a bit chunky anyway so I guess that doesn't help.

OTOH it doesn't seem to bother DH and I don't show that bit of my belly to anyone else - I don't think it is obvious through clothes...

Also, I wouldn't change a thing when it comes to my two lovely DDs, they are worth it without a doubt smile

I think it's about which bikinis are ok to wear or not! None for me due to the additional benefit of crepey saggy doughy skin. Nice!

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