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Will losing weight rid the c-section shelf?

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GipsyDanger Fri 26-Aug-16 22:52:50

I have a 5 month ds. I had a emcs which has left me with quite the overhang (my stomach looks like a melted candle sad) I also have 4 stones to lose. Has anyone lost their 'shelf' via weight loss or is surgery the only option.
Fyi, when I got to my goal weight pre pregnancy my stomach went flatish. My bump was humungous and just deflated shock

WindInThePussyWillows Fri 26-Aug-16 23:04:20

No advise but I'm in the same boat!
4 month old twins and everything is in the wrong place (saggy overhang) I feel like a bag of melting play dough.
Previously a size 10 and was at my littlest the month before I got pg. I look similar-ish with clothes on but underneath I'm a saggy mess!!

Watching eagerly for responses!!

lovingmatleave Fri 26-Aug-16 23:06:57

Sorry to say I don't think so. After my second c section I was left with similar to what you describe. A few days after it, when the midwife was examining me said hmm I think you might be left with that and here I am 4 years on and she was right. I was always slim and relatively toned. I am a bit less fit now but still just over 8 stone, sz 8-10 on bottom half and the shelf is still there. I have to lift it up to see my scar (!)
I was a bit down about it for a few months after and did bit of research and if you google you will see plenty of images that show that unfortunately it is perfectly normal to be left with it.

JeopardyMouse Fri 26-Aug-16 23:08:23

Yes it will! Mine was almost gone as I lost lots of weight after DD1 - but then I got pregnant again, put on about four stone, and it's back.

AnnaMarlowe Fri 26-Aug-16 23:16:12

Ah well, it may depend on individuals.

I lost my baby weight very quickly (breastfeeding twins) and in fact dropped quite a bit below my pre pregnancy weight to a size eight.

My tummy looks flat in clothes but I still have a little shelf when naked.

You've had major surgery, be kind to yourself.

PatsHatOnTheCat Fri 26-Aug-16 23:19:15

Mine definitely improved with weight loss and toning but the shelf is still there.

sm40 Fri 26-Aug-16 23:26:00

Losing weight helps a lot, but also love big pants to keep it in!!

GipsyDanger Sat 27-Aug-16 07:56:30

Guess I'll just have to wait and see. If all else fails, I guess that's why they invented spanks lol!

AmayaBuzzbee Sat 27-Aug-16 22:25:03

I've had two C-sections and never had this shelf? I was size 10 pre-pregnancies, put on over 3 stones with baby #1 (I'm only 5'4, the weight all seemed to be in my huge belly!). Lost it all, then put on over 3 stones with baby #2 too, again with huge belly. I now have just over half stone to go (don't seem to get rid of it!). I got a diastasis recti (separated tummy muscles), which is just about acceptably controlled with the Tupler exercises, but I never had this overhang/shelf that oeople talk about. It must completely depend on person/be down to luck to who is left with it?

AmayaBuzzbee Sat 27-Aug-16 22:28:37

OP, if you have 4 stones to lose, then the "look" of your tummy will hugely improve with weightloss, and I would imagine the overhang to get much smaller too, even if it didn't disappear completely smile

eurochick Sat 27-Aug-16 22:41:45

I desperately didn't want a section and was worried about being left with an overhang so I spoke to my consultant about it. My surgeon said its all to do with how the surgery is done and he stitches together the fat layers under the skin (boak) in such a way as to minimise it. I have a slightly tight line but no overhang so he might well have been right.

Bear in mind that 5 months is still early days. Your body shape will still change a lot.

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