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Aliya - December 2nd, 2005 10:39 AM

i had a c-section (planned, baby was breech) 7 months ago. i find that i'm very bloated by the end of the day. in the morning my abdomen is not so bad, but gradually i get more and more bloated, clothes feel tighter and i look 6 months pregnant by the evening. it's not painful, just looks weird and makes my clothes feel uncomfortable. is this common? is there anything you can do about it - ie to ease bloating? what is it due to? is it water retention or just gassiness?


djh - December 2nd, 2005 10:40 PM

Have you found it to be related to regular sized meals, breads, milk...etc? I got IBS sometime after my last c-section and I now cannot eat regular size meals and must eat 6 very small ones intstead, also I DEFINITLY can't drink carbonated soda, diet or not anymore. I instantly bloat up and stay that way the rest of the day or night depending. I think you may have developed IBS or you may have an adhesion that is attached to your bowel somewhere, causing it to kink up after a day of eating and drinking fluids. Bring this up with you Primary Care Physician. Not all IBS is constipation or diarrhea, sometimes it is a bloating thing that makes you feel so miserable it is unbelievable. I also switched to Lactaid brand milk (no lactose) and don't eat too much bread as the yeast bloats too. Hope this helps some.


nicole - December 17th, 2005 1:51 AM

i had a c section five months ago( two normal deliveries before and abdomen went back flat.) my abs were starting to get to normal and this last month my abdomen has bloated alot and all the things you have said are the same. i go to gym three days a week the rest of my body is normal, it makes no sense to me i need some answers i am sure its not ibs. any answers?


djh - December 17th, 2005 12:42 PM

If it's not IBS, Nicole, it can be a bit of scarring from your c/s that has kinked a small portion of your bowel. It would allow pa__sage of feces, but at a slower rate and thus slower movement internally. This would give the bacteria in your intestines more time to digest stuff and form more gas. This gas, unfortunately, isn't always the type you can go and privately get rid of, sometimes it just stays in your very bloated stomach!


nicole - December 27th, 2005 5:15 AM

djh. that doesn't apply to me there is nothing wrong with my bowels they work perfect plus i am not ga__sy. is there anything else you can think of that is not bowel related. i am going to see my gp this week what do you think i should ask him. also i tried the food advise you suggested and no diference. "aliya" did you find out anything?


djh - December 27th, 2005 1:48 PM

Nicole, good idea, there are other things that can cause bloated abdomens and it sounds like expert medical advice is in order. Was your baby really big? Maybe in the morning your stomach muscles are tighter after sleep and when your stomach is empty and as the day wears on they get "tired" of being taunt and relax because they were so stretched by carrying a large baby? My sister-in-law is really short and had an 8.8 pound baby...she was huge before delivery and I noticed she seems to appear very bloated at times. She says even with crunches and workouts this still happens to her. She is scheduled for an abdominal tightening surgery next month and the doctor is confident it will help. Nicole, this is not meant to be a scary question, but an information gathering question...is there any history of polycystic ovarian problems in your family or ovarian cancer? Please don't be afraid, I do not think it is that, but that would be a question you could ask your doctor. So my advice for your question list would be: are the muscles weakened by your last pregnancy, could it be polycystic ovarian symdrome or should you be checked for other issues that cause abdominal bloating. Good luck and please let us know how you are getting on as soon as you can! Best wishes.


Aliya - December 31st, 2005 4:31 PM

hi, no, sorry, i've not found out anymore about the bloating, but i am still convinced it is related to the c-section.also, from what i've read most women who have a c-section end up with that strange looking flapping, "pooch" of a stomach, that hanging bit...


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