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C section shelf/ overhang/ saggy bit - how to deal with it?
They don't cut through muscle when performing a c-section. They sort of shove them aside apparently. There was a bit of a debate about this on AIBU last weekend. Links were produced, illustrations happened. Gah.
The muscle lays under the fat. They do cut through the fatty layer, and it is fat that is overhanging (and skin of course). But not as much "skin" as you'd think.
Bear in mind skin is about 7 or 8 layers thick (depending where on your body it is, obviously eyelids are thinner than bum skin) if there were "no" fat to overhang (i.e you were very very lean) then there wouldn't be enough of a skin mass, unles ou had very very loose skin from a massive weight loss, to overhang in any major way.
That said, the belly fat that many women carry after having children can be very stubborn, so its the last thing to go, sometimes, and you have to be realistic about just how lean you want to be and to maintain just to get rid of an overhang.
But a lot of people with loose skin following weight loss still have a reasonable fat percentage and if they were to reduce their body fat percentage more (without actually losing weight - but by gaining muscle) then they would have a hell of a lot less "wobble".
Well done you indeed. Have to agree that it will never shift 100% - sorry. However, I have taken mine down around 80% with a good low carb diet (seems to reduce bloatiness to flatten stomach more than a general low calories diet). I'm sure if I got off my arse and did proper stomach exercises rather than relied on walking every at speed with a buggy and toddler on a buggy board I could lose another 10% but I'm resigned to a bit of a pouch. It looks flat in clothes. I could never care enough to even think about surgery - yuck. Mine will be 4 years ago in Septemeber.
No idea if this is true, but a MW told me that as the skin is so tight on the scar, it creates a kind of artificial overhang because the scar skin is tighter than the skin above. She said daily massage with a bit of oil once it's all healed and not sore to touch (around 5weeks for me, I think) helps reduce chance of adhesions and loosen that scar tissue.
I've been doing it and have no overhang, but equally it could be complete fluke and bugger all to do with massage!
Have also been told that there's no need to wait 3+ months to do abdominal exercises (as some consultants apparently advise). If it's pain free to do sit ups, then it probably isn't harming you (equally, if it hurts, obviously don't do them). DS is 9 weeks and I have been doing ab exercises for over a week now with no pain whatsoever.
Overhang without CS her too! It's because ds was a huge baby so even after a normal delivery, there is only so much that the stretched abdominal skin will shrink to immediately.
I am an obstetrician and can assure you we do not cut through the abdominal muscles. We cut through the skin, the underlying small fat layer, then separate the recti muscles which lie either side of the midline (like opening a pair of curtains?) to get to the uterus.
I'm hoping gradual weight loss, pilates and lots of abdo skin massage with creams/oils will help.
Having seen so many postnatal tummies, the overhang degree varies a lot from woman to woman. It will improve with some work, even if it doesn't disappear.
Sorry todissapoint but i dont think it has anything to do with weight loss. 3rd dc was a whopper (for me), and a section (other two were vaginal dels). I have the overhang. It varies in severiry, im now excercising 4 times a week, a size 6-8 and weight just under 8 stone,but the overhang remains. Although it looks better than when im not training or eating well.
I think it just takes ages for the excess fat and stretched skin to burn off.
I'm dead skinny and have a flat stomach but there is still a little bit of over-hang (2 cs's and a hysterectomy within a 3 yr period are the culprits). Although only I know it's there IYSWIM, it wouldn't even be obvious in a bikni as the pants cover the scar.
It seems to be flattening down in time, I've upped my gym vists lately to try and sort it out.
Mine is on the scar line too, when I'm trying to lose a bit of weight or doing the shred I always know its working because when I get out of the shower I can see the scar in the mirror, rather than the overhang! And the whole street normally knows too, cos I scream very very loudly and happily!