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Best exercises for C-Section pouch???HELP!!


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Hey all I'm back! I've been gone for about a year. I had a beautiful baby girl and now it's back to business. I had to have an unplanned c section and now I have that dredded pouch. It's gone down quite a bit but I need it completely gone. My goal is to work it off as much as possible and then if it's not gone I'm having a tummy tuck this time next year in 2010. Some of you may not agree with that option but last year at this time my stomach was flat and I had a 4 pack on my way to a 6 and it's pretty devastating to see me with a gut and a muffin top when I wear jeans or pants from a year ago. So please help me in giving me some exercises that will work my belly off fast. Thanks!

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Sorry to say, but it *may* never go away without surgery. 

Everybody is different, but there are plenty of mommies out there that have done everything to have a flat tummy and eventually give it up.  Some women's bodies (especially after carrying a child and having an invasive surgery) just aren't made that way.

Diet will help, and losing weight (if you need to), and lifting weights will certainly help with getting your body fit. There is nothing that will "work the belly off fast".  You lose weight there at the same rate as everywhere else (and sometimes it's the last place it comes off). 

But seriously, if the pants from last year don't fit right anymore -- get new pants.  Your a woman and a mother, a flat belly is not a requirement.  If it was a huge percentage of us would fail. 

Original Post by nenewa:

Hey all I'm back! I've been gone for about a year. I had a beautiful baby girl and now it's back to business. I had to have an unplanned c section and now I have that dredded pouch. It's gone down quite a bit but I need it completely gone. My goal is to work it off as much as possible and then if it's not gone I'm having a tummy tuck this time next year in 2010. Some of you may not agree with that option but last year at this time my stomach was flat and I had a 4 pack on my way to a 6 and it's pretty devastating to see me with a gut and a muffin top when I wear jeans or pants from a year ago. So please help me in giving me some exercises that will work my belly off fast. Thanks!

Hey there...if it's excess fat that was necessary while you where pregnant, then diet and exercise will reduce that problem. Unfortunately, it very well may be a combination of loose skin - that probably will never completely go back to the way it was - and the way the sutures/staples were put in. Often times, the surgeon will fold over some skin before suturing, like a flap, which sucks because that will leave a bulge.  The problem is, you gained extra [needed] fat while pregnant and you were cut through muscle. You will have built up scar tissue and......

eh, this is sounding depressing. sorry. Bottom line..it may not ever go away. The good news...you have a beautiful baby girl and plastic surgeons are under every rock and cranny in the You Ess of Aye!

 

That is depressing but I've heard it before. I will do what I can, but if need be I will go under the knife again. I don't even like my scar. I wonder if my doctor did a lazy job. I wish I would have had some inkling(?) of an idea that I may have to have a c section because I would have discussed it with her to make sure she sewed me up the best way possible to minimize the pouch. It's over and done and now I just have to try to fix it.

Hey I had an unplanned c - section to in July of 2007... my pouch will not go away either away almost two years. My husband and I agreed that I will get a tummy tuck around 3 to 4 years having having our second child which is not planned for another 3 years to even try to have another one. He says my top has gotten smaller from losing so much weight that I can get those babys done as well.

 

Before you go under make sure you do not want to have another child. If you have another child you can really mess up your body a lot. Just saying to think it over. In the end it is totally up to you.

I'm afraid I can't flood you with positives either...  Although, I do have an ab workout that  helps a lot with my lower ab region.  One was in an old Shape magazine from 1995 that I still use to work all of my ab muscles, but my "old standby" for my lower abs (like where my TWO... count 'em TWO... c-section scars are) is really simple and the most effective of anything I've found.

Lie on a weight bench (or whatever you can lie on to get the same effect)... slide your butt right up to the edge of it (kind of like it's annual exam time :( )... Steady yourself with your arms hanging on to the bench over the top of your head.  This also keeps your body extended and stable so that your lower region isn't getting any help from it.  Rest your head back on the bench and raise both legs, closed together, into your chest... then extend both legs straight out so that they are parallel to the floor... hold for one count and bring them in to your chest again.  I usually do 30-50 of these two or three times a day (or all at the same time in sets).  I see results VERY  quickly... like sometimes even within a few days if I'm eating right.

Now for the bad news... My "c-sections" are 18 and 13 years old.  Even when I am 125 pounds (that's not now)... I'm 5'8"... and super skinny with a flat tummy... I still have skin, Girl... and it S-U-C-K-S! I look like I have two little tummies down there.  A tummy tuck may be your only hope for a perfectly flat tummy in the end, but be careful there, too.  I have a girlfriend who got one and her scar is horrendous.  Almost worse than having the extra tummy crease.  At least when your tummy is flat everywhere else, you can "hide" the "extra skin" in bikini bottoms and even low cut jeans.  Her scar is red and raised and hip to hip like a big ol' smiley face.  She regretted having the surgery...  Just food for thought!  Good luck :)

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