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Has anyone successfully beaten the post c section belly flop?

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puds11 Sun 15-Dec-19 18:20:48

I’m wondering how realistic it is to be able to get rid of the belly overhang from my c section and what the best exercise is to do this.

I was about 1.5 stone overweight before I had baby, I have now lost 2.5 stone, have about 0.5 to go, but overhang doesn’t seem to be tightening up yet. I’m 5 months post section.

Any advice or words of wisdom?

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HalfManHalfLabrador Sun 15-Dec-19 18:28:22

I’ve never heard of anybody get rid of it without surgery regardless of weight. Sorry!

puds11 Sun 15-Dec-19 18:34:12

That was my fear. I guess I carry on and see where I can get to then decide if I can live with it.

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Mumma1984 Sun 15-Dec-19 19:29:13

@puds11 I don't know lots about this but I have heard massage can help to break up the scar tissue? Perhaps worth a google/try? Xx

puds11 Sun 15-Dec-19 19:35:13

@Mumma1984 thank you. I’ve been trying this so will continue and see how it goes.

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Babyg1995 Mon 16-Dec-19 09:58:17

I've had mine for 10 years it looks like I have a normal flat stomach under clothes if I keep my weight down to 10 stone or a bit less I'm pregnant again and it will probably be worse after this baby but I think I've accepted it now. But if I had the money I would definitely get surgery to remove it my tummy just doesn't match the rest of my body .

Bogrod Mon 16-Dec-19 09:59:55

Exercise won’t help as it’s just skin. In fact the more weight you lose the more spare skin there is to hang down.

Tummy tuck is the answer.

WatchingFromTheWings Mon 16-Dec-19 10:04:11

I'm 8 years on from my c section and the skin is still there. The more weight I lose and the more toned I get from workouts the more it hangs. Having a tummy tuck next year!

Obligatorync Mon 16-Dec-19 10:04:40

God no. Mine is there forever.

puds11 Mon 16-Dec-19 16:25:15

Ah so fairly conclusive then. Bummer. Thanks for sharing. Feels a bit unfair sometimes but hey, that’s life. Not sure if tummy tuck will be an option for me as I scar terribly (red, raised, angry looking). I guess I loose the weight for health reasons and see what mess I’m left with.

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XmasRibbons Thu 19-Dec-19 09:41:47

I don't have anything that hangs down, but was a size 8 when I got pregnant and didn't gain much, it is slightly more raised where my scar is but nothing hangs it's more like a slight muffin top. Bit more anxious this time round as I'm bigger. confused

3drawercinemaclub Thu 19-Dec-19 09:50:51

Yes. Although I have a weird dent in the middle where the stitches burst open when I reached over to pick DD up a few hours after the surgery.

No surgery but I genuinely do just think it’s the luck of the draw. I was slim before the pregnancy and breastfed like a mad thing to lose all my weight afterwards. I’m not sure there is a secret method to get rid of it sorry!

3drawercinemaclub Thu 19-Dec-19 09:53:28

(Hand is covering tattoo!)

SirVixofVixHall Thu 19-Dec-19 09:59:56

I have one and hate it. I am terrified of surgery so no tummy tuck, i just have to live with it. It shows through clingy clothes, and i am very self conscious about it. I am a size ten, down from a generous 12 earlier this year, as I have cut down on sugar etc. Shelf still there, looks no better even though I am slimmer overall. I still have more weight to lose, but I don’t think it is going to do much to improve the shelf, which just out over my scar. ( two c sections, last one 12 years ago).
I remember reading about some non surgical treatment but can’t remember what it was !

SirVixofVixHall Thu 19-Dec-19 10:00:35

“Juts out”, not just out.

IdblowJonSnow Thu 19-Dec-19 10:08:10

No. But am reasonably slim, dont have a flat stomach though. Mid 40s, not really bothered. Just wont ever wear a bikini again but I dont mind that.
Look into a tummy tuck in a year or so if you're very bothered and can afford it?

AnneLovesGilbert Thu 19-Dec-19 10:16:22

Mine has changed loads the last few months and DD is 9 months now, no particular exercises or weight loss but it’s just kept going down by itself. The pouch bit has gone completely and no loose skin but if I bend over there’s a curve above the scar (hip to hip) that’s not going to go. You can’t tell at all in clothes and naked it’s not as flat as before I had her but not overhanging or paunchy. I’m a bit lighter than before I got pregnant from feeding and walking a lot.

Her0utdoors Thu 19-Dec-19 10:30:29

I didn't have one after I lost the pregnancy weight after my first (age 37, gained about 4 stone).
I 100% do after having my second (now 42, still 4 stone over weight compared to conception). It huge a wobbly!
But, I have done quite a lot of scar massage on it this time round and it has released the tucking in of the scar massively, and relieved some of the discomfort and pain too.

smemorata Thu 19-Dec-19 10:34:39

I don't have a flap as such but a rounder stomach overall. So mine did go when I lost the pregnancy weight. I'm not losing anymore as I don't want it to come back if it's not "supported" underneath!!

eurochick Thu 19-Dec-19 10:47:31

I asked my consultant about the flap. He said it was down to the skill of the surgeon and how they stitch you back up. I don't have one but it's pretty common.

AnneLovesGilbert Thu 19-Dec-19 10:52:44

See how it changes over the next 6 months OP, it might be a lot just by itself as things continue to settle down.

People must think I have shares as I bang on about them all the time but I found using silicon strips on my scar helped the sensation and appearance a lot. You put them on for longer each day and my scar, which started out really red, angry, bumpy, no sensation above and sore below has faded beautifully, softened, much flatter/smoother and all sensations now completely normal. I still can’t bring myself to properly massage it but I know that helps and I’ll get on board with it eventually. The lack of numbness and soreness has made a huge difference to how I feel about it being there.

Rainbowhairdontcare Thu 19-Dec-19 10:53:38

I did it took me 9 months of running and daily ab workouts

Casander Thu 19-Dec-19 10:56:42

@3drawercinemaclub I don't know if I hate you or I want to be yougrin

I have had 3 sections and although I don't have overhang I do have crinkly skin and my belly button is a bit weird. I had a large lower stomach tattoo done though and that hides the crinkly skin quite well I can't afford a tummy tuck

Isthisridix Thu 19-Dec-19 10:57:30

I don’t have it, but my weight is very low, just within healthy BMI, which I know isn’t great, but I think is the key to beating the overhang.

MadameF Thu 19-Dec-19 16:21:11

I'm 54, had 2 CS and have a flat tummy. I didn't put on much weight with either pregnancy and am now very fit (I'm a runner), low end BMI and can wear a bikini without feeling embarrassed. Don't lose hope OP

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