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    Hi ladies

    I have had three c-sections and hate the way my tummy looks. The 'flap' - if you know what I mean.

    Does it ever go away when you lose weight?

    In another forum they said it never does unless you have a tummy tuck (which is not gonna happen). Has anyone here had any success with getting rid of it?

    Thank you

  • #2
    I wish I knew!

    (Yup, also a mum of three who had all three by C-section and has the horrible tummy flap )

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    • #3
      I don't think the tummy flap you describe is necessarily due to the c-section. It could happen regardless of the delivery method, if the skin was excessively stretched and a lot of weight was gained during the pregnancy. I have had a c-section once, and fat stored in the lower abdomen area. That's a very difficult area to get rid of fat from, but for me most of it went away as I lost weight.
      If it's a case of stretched skin, unfortunately the only way to correct it would be through cosmetic surgery.

      Is the incision normally at the same spot with each c-section? Sorry, if this is considered a stupid question.

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      • #4
        My mom was tiny, so after 24 hours of labor, they parted the red C. I'm pretty positive her stomach looked normal afterwards, so there's one example. The only unique thing is that she was an Olympic athlete.

        Hmm... I guess that means the doctors were Moses, and I was the chosen Israelite escaping the nasty Egyptians, and my mom was the pharaoh? The plot thickens...
        Last edited by wiltondeportes; 09-11-2013, 07:41 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Graycat View Post
          I don't think the tummy flap you describe is necessarily due to the c-section. It could happen regardless of the delivery method, if the skin was excessively stretched and a lot of weight was gained during the pregnancy. I have had a c-section once, and fat stored in the lower abdomen area. That's a very difficult area to get rid of fat from, but for me most of it went away as I lost weight.
          If it's a case of stretched skin, unfortunately the only way to correct it would be through cosmetic surgery.

          Is the incision normally at the same spot with each c-section? Sorry, if this is considered a stupid question.
          Yes, I think this is probably true... I doubt it's the C-section that's responsible for the flabby belly skin. In my case it's just over stretched skin I guess??

          There is a theory, though, that if you lose enough fat from under the skin, that the skin WILL shrink back. However, you have to manage to lose all the fat that's sitting in the flap (sounds lovely, yeah??!). I would imagine that would require a pretty low BF% (I read somewhere 12% which is really lean for a woman, particularly... somewhere else I read about 15%).

          I'm giving it a really good shot, but I think ultimately I'll end up getting surgery to fix it...

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          • #6
            I had a C-section 22 years ago, and after that I got healthier and skinnier than I have ever been before (or since) - it wasn't until I gained a sh*t ton of weight up to 185 pounds that I ended up with the flap. Now I've lost 20 pounds and that damned belly flap/fat is hanging on for dear life.

            I would LOVE to see it go. I'm hoping if I just keep swimming, so to speak...
            I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled. ~P. G. Wodehouse

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            • #7
              [QUOTE=Iron Fireling;1308200There is a theory, though, that if you lose enough fat from under the skin, that the skin WILL shrink back. However, you have to manage to lose all the fat that's sitting in the flap (sounds lovely, yeah??!). I would imagine that would require a pretty low BF% (I read somewhere 12% which is really lean for a woman, particularly... somewhere else I read about 15%).

              I'm giving it a really good shot, but I think ultimately I'll end up getting surgery to fix it...[/QUOTE]
              Mark had a post linking to another blog, maybe? It does make sense that your body would not continue to support skin it didn't need. Skin is not some dead thing that just hangs there. It's a living organ that requires support. I have some rumply skin on my belly after 2 overweight pregnancys, despite never having a C-section. It seems to be slowly diminishing.

              My SIL carried twins and delivered by emergency C-section, but her Dr put the persistent extra skin down to twins plus not having time to do the OCD version of a C-section incision. I think every case is going to be different. Some Drs are just going to be better at their job (handiwork), sadly.
              50yo, 5'3"
              SW-195
              CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
              GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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              • #8
                With my last C-section I jokingly suggested to my obstetrician that she could cut away some of that excess skin before sewing me back up! Alas, no...

                But I'm hoping that getting the body fat down will help the skin decides it doesn't need to sag there anymore... we'll see.

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                • #9
                  Oh I had the flab there even before my c-sec. Sucks to hear that it probably won't go completely away even after I lose more weight. BOOOO
                  DD born August 2012
                  TTC #2
                  SW: 1/20/14- 212.4
                  CW: 2/21/14- 202.6 (9.8 loss)
                  Goal: Short term, get below 200 and get pregnant. Long term, get to 120-130
                  Mini goal, get in to a size 12.

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                  • #10
                    I had a fist-size gap between my abs after the section which meant I looked (still do to tell the truth) very preg even 2 years after. Got that closed to 2 inches but all the weight I put on seems to go straight to my belly. When I do lose, I lose it from there but the loose skin remains. Not an apron as such, but still a bit wobbly. I put it down to the fact I wasn't particularly fit pre preg so knackered muscle tone to begin with.
                    I don't ask that you like me - all I ask is that you respect my life experiences and i will do the same.

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                    • #11
                      The gap is likely diastasis recti, and it can often be fixed through exercise, and if that doesn't work, insurance can cover it in reparative surgery (since it behaves like a hernia -- it is a medical condition). It can make a huge difference.

                      posture can also help, making sure that your pelvis is aligned and your pelvic floor and tummy muscles support your organs!

                      moisturizing and supporting your skin will help, and it may go down. I never had a "flap" but I did have loose skin under my navel after having my baby. He's now 5, and the skin is no longer loose. I dont' even have the stretch marks there/etc anymore. It's interesting -- I look like I haven't even had a kid. I had him when I was 32; I'm 37 now.

                      During the post-natal time, I wore a surgical wrap (similar to the one they give you after the c-section) for the first month, then did the exercises above (even though I only had a 2 finger gap just below my navel -- very small/minor), and then the weight finally came off at 14 months (after nursing switched from primary food source to secondary food source).

                      When we went primal -- almost 3 years ago -- the life like "pooch" that I had basically shrank down to nothing. About a year ago, I started this work called Postural Patterning -- where you discover your "normal" pattern and how it's causing all your problems (where you injure, where you feel stiff, etc) and then learn how to "undo" that pattern. I'm still working on a lot of details, but my stomach is now "flat" for the first time in my life because of how I hold my pelvis and actually USE my abs properly.

                      And, the skin tightened up and I no longer have stretch marks -- surprisingly enough. I used to have them on my hips, butt, breasts, and below my navel (with the loose skin), and now I might have some very minor traces in those places, but nothing like I had before. I think this is due to the HA in the bone broth.

                      So, start with the exercises and see what that does.

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                      • #12
                        I had 3 out of 4 children by c-section. I was told my flap was because of scar tissue adhesion and I was told I could massage it each day to try to avoid it adhering after my last c-section. Ummm heck no that hurts.

                        When I went from 240 to 165 the flat did get smaller but never went away completely. I am sure if I lost some more weight it would have been more or less gone but there would always be that line that was stuck and any excess fat would hang over it.

                        A lot of people I know are swearing by those It Works wrap things for Mommy tummy.

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                        • #13
                          I'm totally getting one of those after having another (or 2). Not sure if it would help with the flap, but it's gotta help with the pain, right?
                          DD born August 2012
                          TTC #2
                          SW: 1/20/14- 212.4
                          CW: 2/21/14- 202.6 (9.8 loss)
                          Goal: Short term, get below 200 and get pregnant. Long term, get to 120-130
                          Mini goal, get in to a size 12.

                          My boring uneventful journal for your viewing pleasure

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