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Stomach recovery after birth

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MamaPingu Thu 26-Dec-13 18:59:35

Any idea if it takes longer after a c section? I'm guessing it does if ever!

I know some people have tummy tucks after them!

I had an emergency c section 15 weeks ago and my tummy still isn't great. I'm currently running 3 times a week and my legs and face are slowly slimming down but my tummy seems similar still confused

jimijack Thu 26-Dec-13 19:03:24

Och I'm 11 months on, 2 stone lighter and still have a jelly belly.

Ugly, overhanging wobble.


feelinlucky Thu 26-Dec-13 19:05:18

Wow, you're amazing running three times a week. Please just give it time. You will go back to normal eventually. Mine did, although I now have a horrible fat belly but that's due to over indulgence smile

Shellywelly1973 Thu 26-Dec-13 19:09:08

How would you go back to 'normal' after a c section? Ive had 5 vaginial deliveries but unfortunately this baby is breech & has been for months...

I know it sounds vain but I worry if I have a section my stomach will be totally wrecked. I'm not over weight & normally back in my size 8 ' within a few weeks!

feelinlucky Thu 26-Dec-13 19:25:09

Shelley, I had friends comment they would never have known I had a baby after mine (a fair few months though) It's perfectly reasonable to think you can go back to 'normal' although I'm aware that not everyone does.

feelinlucky Thu 26-Dec-13 19:29:07

Oh and congratulations Shelley, I'm green with envy smile

Shellywelly1973 Thu 26-Dec-13 19:30:12

My point being, my stomach has recovered from 5 full term pregnancies bit if I have a section won't be the same as there will be a scar...

Dc 5 I took 3 weeks to get back into my normal size clothes & it nearly drove me insane as with the others it was 10 days to about 2 weeks.

MamaPingu Thu 26-Dec-13 20:54:02

I must say the scar is the least of my worries! It's the saggy pouch type belly that I'm scared of and the state of my boobs but that's a whole new thread! My belly currently has a little overhang which is the bit I hate and want gone desperately!

I'm fortunate enough to have a baby that slept through from 11 weeks (although he just had a week off the little bugger confusedwink) so I'm feeling a little bit more alive than I was doing at the start grin so I'm doing the couch to 5k challenge and at half way through.

I've never been skinny but I was reasonably firm, and now I'm just a bit of a mess! shock

MamaPingu Thu 26-Dec-13 20:55:56

Feelinlucky- how long did it take you approximately to get back to something like normal?

I'm concerned that because it was the most urgent kind of emergency c section that that will have an effect on my stomach because it was a rush!

Climbingthewalls12 Thu 26-Dec-13 20:56:47

I'm 18 months pp and still wobbly! (not a c-section either)

feelinlucky Thu 26-Dec-13 21:41:03

I had an emergency c section too. I think I was back to normal within 8 months. I do know my sister who had natural births never got rid of her wobbly belly though. I'm not sure why I didn't get one but all of my friends with children, c section or otherwise have 'normal' tummies now smile I was in a bikini with a flat and smooth tummy within a year. I was on holiday and distinctly remember my friend saying to me that you would never know I had a baby. smile cheered me up no end. Oh how I long for those days.

MamaPingu Thu 26-Dec-13 21:59:26

Oh wow that's brill! So hopefully by next summer I should be looking better, it'd be lovely if so smile
I've never wore a bikini before because I'm a little overweight and extremely insecure about my body!

But I'm in love with running so fingers crossed a bikini will be on the cards in the next year or two smile

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