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Dont know where to post this... Anyone else still looking pregnant (post birth)

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anothercoverup Sat 02-Aug-08 13:59:12

Im 9 days post birth and still look 20 weeks plus pregnant. feeling so repulsive and just dont know what to do to get it to go down. I really need some support as i dont think im getting much support at home

betterhalf Sat 02-Aug-08 14:02:09

That's absolutely normal to still be quite big so soon after having the baby. Don't be so hard on yourself. Relax and enjoy your baby.

CharliesMum08 Sat 02-Aug-08 14:05:10

9 days!!! I'm 30 weeks post birth and still have a belly. Your uterus takes time to shrink back - your health visitor / midwife should have explained this - it took 9 months to stretch to baby size and will take a while to get back.

Then theres the whole getting back your pre-pregnant size - too much pressure!!!! I was still in maternity clothes for quite a few weeks post birth (at least 6weeks as i had a c-section and could do anything for that time)

Don't feel bad, you are not repulsive, you have just given birth to a beautiful baby - a whole new life. Enjoy it :-)

anothercoverup Sat 02-Aug-08 14:05:26

Is it? I dontg know anyone whos been this big this many days later. Or is it just cause its on me that i notice it more? I dont want to go out anywhere as im fed up of the when u due question..which i got when i went to buy new nursing bras

anothercoverup Sat 02-Aug-08 14:06:14

This is my 3rd baby and im sure i wasnt this big before?

belgo Sat 02-Aug-08 14:08:53

anothercoverup - it's totally normal to still look pregnant for a while after the birth. You will not look repulsive - try and remember your body has done a wonderful thing in making a baby. COngratulations.

It's also normal to feel up and down after the birth, due to hormones, lack of sleep - this is called the baby blues. But some women can go on to develop post natal depression. Is there anyone you can speak to about how you are feeling?

laura325630 Sat 02-Aug-08 16:02:38

DD is now 7 weeks old and I still have my 'jelly belly'!! It is going though. I looked 30 weeks pregnant for about 2 weeks after the birth but it does slowly go. I found that walking helped.

mellyonion Sat 02-Aug-08 16:12:09

please try not to worry......although my tummy lost that massive hard fullness within minutes of giving birth, i was still looking very pg in a softer more wobbly way until a few weeks after having my baby. i was in maternity trousers for a good 4 weeks with my third until i fitted into my still very huge big size jeans!

its completely normal...i'm sure those skinny minnies who ping back into shape straight after giving birth are in the lucky minority....

i guess the only thing is to speak to your midwife if you're feeling at all unwell to check that all the placecenta and stuff came out, but i really suspect that you would know if all was not well 9 days on...

congratulations btw!

ajm200 Sat 02-Aug-08 16:25:48

Congratulations on the arrival of your LO. Its normal to have a jelly belly for while after giving birth.

You could try taking raspberry leaf tablets/tea to help your uterus shrink. Take your little one out for some gentle walks at naptime. The fresh air will do you both good and the gentle exercise will help to tone your tummy muscles.

Your body has just done a wonderful thing. It took 9 months for your belly to grow and it will take a while for it to go back to normal, that's why you get told to take it easy for the first 8 weeks.

These celebs who are back in size 6 within weeks of giving birth probably didn't eat enough while they were pregnant and have a ton of corsetry holding everyhing in.

CuckooClockWorkShy Sat 02-Aug-08 16:32:16

9 days is nothing! ALthough I do remember well that feeling of being ashamed of my belly.

We are so hard on ourselves. And we should be awarding ourselves medals...

Your marvellous body has conceived, and carried and given birth to a new life.

Your belly will shrink if you are not over-eating. It didn't happen for me over night the 2nd time round. Measure it ever third or fourth day in millimetres. Not every day. You will see it shrink a tiny bit, bit by bit maybe but don't worry.

Enjoy your baby!

CuckooClockWorkShy Sat 02-Aug-08 16:34:27

Anothercoverup, my dc2 came at 36 wks, and I went to the corner shop, when I would have been about 38 wks. Tbh, I thought my belly HAD gone down a little, but my neighbour said to me "not long now, bet you can't wait, you look like you can hardly walk in this heat". I didn't want to embarrass her, but I couldn't pretend I hadn't had the baby!! She was blush more than me I think.

FrannyandZooey Sat 02-Aug-08 16:37:14

I'm 2 weeks post partum and mine is just starting to go I think
it is still really high and hard and round - god knows what it actually is - my stomach or something - anyway I am going to try to ignore it and look again in a week
I reckon it will have gone down a bit more by then

me23 Sat 02-Aug-08 16:59:09

yes and my dd is 3 years old.grin but seriously don't beat yourself up 9 days is noting honestly you need to let your body recover,your uterus needs time to shrink back.
congratulations on your baby, just try to relax and babymoon don't worry about what others/think/say smile

kittenloren Sat 02-Aug-08 18:38:43

yes and mine's 18 months!

Congratulations on your new arrival - and don't worry, it does take a while to get your groove back! I was devastated to see the size of my arse after DD arrived - somehow had been too distracted by what was going on up front to notice the back practically had a 'new arrival' of own... grin

reban Sun 03-Aug-08 13:36:38

especially as its your third. I know that each time with me ive got bigger and its taken longer for my stomach muscles to recover. But honestly 9 days is no time at all for your stomach, but prime time for you to be feeling tired and miserable. Take care of yourself and really dont worry about your belly x

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