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Please help me with my belly! (Anonymous)

Please tell me that my stomach will go down??!!! I am 10 weeks postpartum. This was my first pregnancy, and 2 weeks after giving birth I weighed 6 pounds less then before I got pregnant. I have since lost another 5 pounds. I ended up having a c-section after 18 + hours of labor. Perhaps I am being rediculous, but I am so upset that my stomach is still so puffed out!! This is exactly what I looked like at 29 weeks pregnant. I know my stomach will never be the same, but I don’t want to look pregnant for the rest of my life!!!

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  • Sara Friday, August 17, 2012, 7:22 am

    It will go down! Don’t panic. It can take some time for all the swelling to subside. It will take some time to feel like yourself again but it will be fine. Eat well, drink lots of water, rest when you can. When you’re clear to exercise start with walking. Eating well and exercising will go a long way to making you feel better – in every way. Congratulations on your new baby. Enjoy these early days. They’re a ridiculous amount of work but they’re amazing times. Our babies are only this tiny and helpless for a really short time. Remember, this miraculous thing your body just did is also a huge change for your body. Go easy on yourself.

  • Maria Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:04 am

    It’s too soon to worry!! I can recomend wearing a girdle for a month or two, it would help to readjust your organs. It’s quite common in my country, almost all doctors recommend it.

  • Ashley Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:22 am

    Your stomach WILL continue to go down. Your uterus still hasn’t completely shrank back to its normal size. I am 5 foot and weigh(ed) 98lbs. before pregnancy and after (18 months postpartum). I used a super cheap velcro wrap around my stomach for a solid month or so after my delivery and it completely made my stomach go away, really helped to flatten the stomach and uterus. It’s still not too late to go ahead and purchase a wrap (you can get one at Walmart for cheap). Otherwise, just be patient and it flatten out given more time!

  • amber H Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:39 am

    GIRL you look great- get yourself a tummy band and give yourself a few months… your ONLY 10 ww pp!!! -start some light cardio as well and you will be fllllyyy(er) in no time!

  • Bella Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:52 am

    Your stumach will go down again, give your self a brake – it`s only 10 weeks since you gave birth. I got my stumach bach after 2 years (but I did`nt do anything to make it happen, I`m sure if you exercise a little bit it will take you much less time.

  • Laina Friday, August 17, 2012, 11:21 am

    I willbehonest and hopefullt the moderator wont delete this but it might NOT go down, you could have diastis recti or super weak stomach muscles..i had this for a while then just started sucking my stomach in all the time like it was second nature and it got stronger it took about a year but my belly is flat as a board and this is after 3 kids.

  • anonymous Friday, August 17, 2012, 5:24 pm

    That’s what my stomach looked like at that far post partum and before I got pregnant for the second time when my daughter was 7 mos. my stomach was flat. Breastfeeding helps the uterus shrink down faster and also cardio is a good idea. A girdle is probably not the best idea (my Dr. advised against that) because it puts too much pressure on the organs. It will most likely go down with a little work and when your body is healed. Remember it takes 9 months, sometimes a little longer for our bodies to be ‘normal’ again.

  • Amaris Friday, August 17, 2012, 7:29 pm

    That does not appear to be diastis recti. It appears to still be swollen. I do recommend a belly band, I’ve never been pregnant but I hear it does wonder. I don’t like when people write negative comments just to insert something like “it worked for me, now I have a super flat tummy just like a model!” Diastis recti would cause a separation of the abdominal muscles and it would reflect that, it would not make the entire torso area puffy, a swollen uterus would be the culprit here, and it just takes time for you to be able to get it back to normal size. Don’t worry. You look good, you have a great body and gorgeous skin!

  • Stacia Friday, August 17, 2012, 7:58 pm

    I am 14 months pp and i had a c-section as well and my tummy is just now starting to shrink a little but mine looked just like that. I tried excerising and eating right but i coldnt seem to get anywhere so i stopped focusing so much on it and focused on enjoying my daughter and i think that now with her running around i have lost almost 10 pounds in four months and my belly is shrinking. Give it time it will go down, i highly recommend a postpartum support band, especially with a c section, it will help with muscle support and it kept my belly from sagging. I wore it for almost 6 months and it also helped keep me from looking pregnant too! Congrats on the little one, enjoy every precious moment because they grow incredibly fast!

  • Alice Friday, August 24, 2012, 8:49 am

    I’m not gonna lie, you CAN get rid of it, but it
    WILL take HARD work and a few months.

  • jennifer Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12:19 pm

    Girl your stomach is gonna be perfect dont stress. it took mine 3 months :)

  • Jo Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 7:37 am

    Just have patience, it goes down but takes at least 3-6 months even with diet and exercise because your reproductive organs have to shrink down and your stomach muscles are completely stretched out. Focus on getting rest, eating healthy foods, plenty of water, and take vitamins. Don’t obsess over your stomach it takes so much time but I think you will be fine. Your skin looks good.

  • Becca Sunday, September 30, 2012, 1:39 am

    I just hit 12 weeks pp. My daughter was born July 5 via csection. And im looking exxxxactly like you. I needed support to know Im not the only one who looks like this! It feels like everyone else was able to have vaginal birth and their stomachs were flat again by 3 months. Not me! :/ so im right here with you! At 6 weeks i did start walking. I walk 60+ min a day, 5 days a week, pushing the stroller at a 4.0 pace(have a gps pacer), eating clean watching calories, and im breastfeeding. It feels like i havent gotten ANYWHERE doing this! Oh not to mention Im still bleeding! I have an appt next week with the doc. :/

  • jenisis Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 12:23 am

    That is exactly what happened to me :( Iwas in labor for almost 28 hrs and ended up getting a c section anyway :(… now this is how my tummy looks!! :( sometimes people ask me if I am pregnant again and I just want to break down… I am 18 months postpartum have done exercise diets and even worn a griddle but nothing seems to work… I am not giving up though hopefully Iget my pre pregnancy belly back!!!!

  • Priyanka Monday, July 22, 2013, 1:52 pm

    Well I delivered my baby through c-sec on 20th dec, 2012. and at that time my bust size was 38 and waist size was 40. And now when I have lost my weight from 72 kgs to 58 kgs, my bust size changed to 34 but my waist size changed to 38. It looks so ugly because of the big round ugly belly. please suggest me something that will help me to reduce the size of my belly. Please help.

  • glory johnson Friday, October 11, 2013, 4:17 am

    i delivered normal but my tummy do want to go back again please what can i do

  • fatima Saturday, October 12, 2013, 3:04 pm

    Try EMS – electronic musles stimutation machine. U r see the difference in 15 days.
    Second n the best option is go for RF (RADIO FREQUENCY TREATMENT) this will help u shrink back r tummy quickly.

  • Kimberley Sunday, December 8, 2013, 12:53 pm

    Hello ladies I had my beautiful baby boy in March 2013 I gained 4 stone whilst pregnant , I’ve lost a lot of it only having 11lb left to lose, it just won’t go it’s my belly it looks horrible still really big and saggy. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it please help. Thank you

  • shola Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 10:26 pm

    Hello there,I just gave birth for about three weeks now but my belly refuse to go down. My delivery was through virginal. Please what can I do to get my flat tummy back. Thank you.

  • itunu Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 10:48 pm

    i put to bed 14weeks ago bt my tummy has not gone back to normal, please what can i do about it cos it worries me alot. thankyou

  • fati Monday, March 31, 2014, 11:26 pm

    Hi lady please help me first time mommy i dont know what else to do 5 months ago i gave birth to my baby boy and i have try everything but my belly still looks likeim prego .. do you ladys think a belly band will still help skrink it?

  • Chittu Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:04 am

    Hi ladies, I give birth to a handsome baby boy on July 2012. But I still have my tummy pop out and everyone who see me, ask me am i conceive again. Is there any way to reduce my tummy. I have cut down oily food but my tummy still the same. Please help me.

  • cindy Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 3:05 pm

    Baby 7 months.tummy not so big but wna loos the rest. What can I do?

  • Nana Thursday, August 7, 2014, 2:59 am

    I had my baby girl just two weeks ago through csection, my tummy now looks like I’m still pregnant, haven’t done anytin about it yet because I don’t know what to do. Pls any one with an effective idea. Please help

  • Love Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 11:45 am

    Almost 11 months baby but my tummy is quite separated from my body. I tied and wore girdle, did exclusive bf though my baby boy is big but I need to be back in shape. help me mothers. first time mother

  • Oreoluwa Thursday, January 8, 2015, 12:57 am

    Am 7wks Pp And My Belly Still Big Pls What Can I Do As Dis Is Giving Me Problem And Where Can I Get This Belly Band In Nigeria?Pls Help A Concerned Mum. 08151102024.

  • suz Monday, January 19, 2015, 9:33 pm

    I’m 6 weeks pp I had a c section. I’m back at work and I hate my prego belly. The hospital gave me no info what so ever on what to do. This is my 2nd child but I don’t remember it all. I read that you need to keep massaging your uterus from the top down. I also read that lying on your tummy helps… I wouldn’t do it right away though only if you feel comfortable and pretty much healed. I stopped bleeding 2 weeks ago but I payed on my tumm last night I actually bled a little this morning which I think means it shrunk a little. I’m also joining a gym this week because my blood pressure is high. I think it will help too.

  • Her Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:08 am

    I am doing a postpartum workout system that has been the best thing for my mummy tummy. It is strengthening my core and pelvic floor, flattening my tummy, and helping my body realign which is allowing it to function more optimally.

  • thalirraja Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:25 pm

    I had a c section n now its 6 months finished no reduce my tummy is it possible I can reduce tummy

  • mavis Monday, May 4, 2015, 5:19 am

    Hello I have problem with my tummy I have a 7 years baby it was my third operation then my problem is I still look peragent even after all this year so please help me a not happy when someone asks me how many months when the baby is born 7 years ago

  • lauretta Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 4:22 am

    My baby is 7 weeks now, but my belly is not that big. But I want it to go flat as it was before

  • marshanda walker Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 10:47 am

    i had two children back to back will my uterus ever go back to its normal size

  • Sandy Thursday, March 8, 2018, 4:48 am

    Help! No one advised me that I should wear a postpartum girdle right after delivery. I am now 8weeks postpartum (csection) and really in need of some recommendations of what I can now wear to get my belly down

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