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How to tone up your abs after a C-section


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I had my son about 9 months ago via c-section.  I gained about 70lbs with him and only have about 7 more pounds to go to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I'm noticing everything slim down except for my stomach.  It still sticks out a little and is still super flabby.  I've been doing tons of cardio and have currently started to do some ab workouts. 

I was just wondering if anyone had any advise or any success in getting a flatter belly after a c-section.  I'm just kind of stuck right now!

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Low enough body fat = noticeable abs.

However, if the collagen fibers in your skin have been stretched to such a degree that you now have stretch marks or overly flabby skin, there's not much you can do to get reverse that.

Hi lcanning! I've had two c-sections with the most recent having taken place just over 3 years ago.

The key to getting a flat belly is pretty much losing fat through controlling your diet. In order to strengthen abdominal muscles, a heavy weight-lifting routine will give you the most bang for your buck.

I used to do tons of cardio (I was a cardio queen!) and wasn't getting the results I wanted so I finally listened to the female lifters here on CC and picked up a copy of The New Rules of Lifting for Women. It (lifting) has done more for my body composition (abdominal muscle included) than anything else.

If lifting isn't your cup of tea (Cry) then simply eating less than you burn to lower body fat will help with the flabby tummy.

Original Post by armandounc:

However, if the collagen fibers in your skin have been stretched to such a degree that you now have stretch marks or overly flabby skin, there's not much you can do to get reverse that.

Speaking from experience, stretch marks and flabby skin do eventually get better with time, even if an excessive amount of weight was gained (I went from 107 pounds up past 180 pounds the first time I was pregnant).

The area around my c-section scar will probably always have a bit more padding there but the rest of my stomach pretty much returned to normal after a while.

I will definitely start looking into the weight lifting.  I just want to get my belly a little bit flatter.  If you look at it head on, it's not that bad Laughing, but once I turn tot he side, it's a different story!! 

Thanks for the advise.  I really appricate it!

If anything works for you, please let me know! I used to have a great, flat tummy, but when I got pregnant with my first child the shape of my tummy changed completely and now I permanently look 4 or 5 months pregnant. (I carried him out front like a basketball--from the back I didn't even really look pregnant.) I am trying to lose weight but I think the shape of my musculature has changed and will never go back.

I had a c-section with my second kid and the skin above the scar is really flabby and loose. I feel like this will probably never change too, even if I lose the weight, because it's so loose--it's not fatty, just lots of extra tissue. 

The thing I keep telling myself is that I would WAY rather have my two little angels than the perfect body I had in my twenties. So I'll never wear a bikini again... not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things I guess. 

Good luck with your journey! Laughing

I don't know if this is what lcanning has, but as for saussi, what you're talking about sounds very much like what my sister went through after her second or third pregnancy.  Sometimes, if the stomach expands rapidly (happens more often to short people or when pregnant with more than one child), or if you already had weak ab muscles, the main abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus) separate, leaving a gap between the left and right sides.  (It's actually pretty common- happens to about a third of women.)  This makes the muscles protrude, so that you can look pregnant even if you weigh the same thing you did before you were pregnant.  There are ways to fix this, and you can look up different exercises to repair separated ab muscles (the condition is formally known as "diastasis recti").

Good luck!

Original Post by whathappenedx:

I don't know if this is what lcanning has, but as for saussi, what you're talking about sounds very much like what my sister went through after her second or third pregnancy.  Sometimes, if the stomach expands rapidly (happens more often to short people or when pregnant with more than one child), or if you already had weak ab muscles, the main abdominal muscles (rectus abdominus) separate, leaving a gap between the left and right sides.  (It's actually pretty common- happens to about a third of women.)  This makes the muscles protrude, so that you can look pregnant even if you weigh the same thing you did before you were pregnant.  There are ways to fix this, and you can look up different exercises to repair separated ab muscles (the condition is formally known as "diastasis recti").

Good luck!

Thanks so much--I think you're right. I've seen other tummies that looked like mine and it usually is in mommies of multiples. My son was so far out front that I'm sure he wrecked my stomach muscles. I even had a hernia with my daughter, right on midline of my abdomen, which would also support separation of the muscles. Now THAT was weird, it didn't hurt or anything but you could feel my uterus more directly and it was all squishy and hot.

 

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Congrats for being near your pre-preg weight! It's hard work and you are doing it!
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I had a c-section 12 years ago and have never lost the flabbiness around my belly since. :(

I'm now 135lbs after having lost 37 lbs. I don't think I'll ever get rid of my belly. Everything's toned down but that pouch still remains. Unless I go down to a real super-slim-celebrity-zero size, I can't see this pouch going anywhere. Spanx is my friend under my clothes bug I still feel self conscious when undressed in front if my husband even though he has never mentioned it. :( :( :(

This is actually very helpful for me.  I carried all in the front, with my son, and I was HUGE!  He was almost a 10lb baby so my belly got really stretched out.  I am going to go and look at the different exercises to help repair this.  I know my tummy will probably never look like it use to, but if I can just tone it up a little bit, I'll be happy :)

One of my close friends had the same problem and she needed to have her muscles repaired as her abdominal muscles were shredded.  Her Plastic surgeon gave her a tummy tuck and repaired the shredded muscles.

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Anyone have any other solution besides surgery? I don't think I'll ever go down that route but I'm looking for alternative solutions....

Here is what Google has to say about it:

http://www.google.com/search?q=diastasis+rect i&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&ie=& oe=

This website had instructions for how to figure out if this is indeed what is going on, and links to specific exercises.

http://www.momsintofitness.com/faq-flat-stoma chs-and-diastasis-recti

You could always ask your OB about it, too, or a personal trainer. I'm sure there are non-surgical interventions available.

 

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