Large Stomcah After C Section

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KrisD - June 8

HI - I had twins 8 months ago via c-section and my stomach is still huge. I mean really big. Most days I still wear maternity. My body is pretty much back to normal every where else, and I am a slim person - 5'4" and normally 115. But, as I am reading all these threads, I see everyone complaining about their flabby stomachs. Mine is still hard - hard and round. I look pregnant. I have been walking every day (roughly 3 miles) and just recently started running. Nothing is touching it.... my waist is still the same size it was about a month post-partum - about 35 inches. I went to my OB and to make sure everything was okay - and she reiterated that I had twins and that it would take time.

Did ANYONE have a round, firm stomach after a C-section? I am at a loss here.... I don't think, given the fact I am very active (taking care of twins and a 2 year old!), that I should still be in maternity clothes... Or should I just relax and give it more time?

 

zorylaineperez - June 14

I am also having trouble with my belly after my se ction on may 15 08, but is not as big as it was when I first gave birth, so i guess it has gone down. have you tried panties that hold in your stomach, and excercise with? Maybe that can help because I usually after my cesarean I wear those panties that way my stomach can go back to it's place. For me it has worked pretty much everytime, I don't know for others. Good Luck

 

Perl - July 16

Yes, that was me. My belly was hard and rounded for months after my c-section. Unless I sucked in my belly , I still looked pregnant for a long time after my c-section and even then I was still round even though the rest of my body is usually trim. Were your stomach muscles pulled apart or cut? I wonder if that makes a difference--mine were cut and re-attached. Don't worry though, the roundness WILL go away in time. I wore girdles for a couple of months to get a flatter look and by 9-10 months I was looking more trim without a girdle. And that was without having had twins. Be patient, soon enough you can finally put away the maternity clothes.

 

Saird - July 24

It definitely is irritating. I would say your ab muscles have probably separated which is what happened to me (no twins but big babies) and it took forever to get my tummy to go down. I hated it. I told Dh he should buy me a tummy tuck!

 

sbicca99 - August 16

My little boy just turned 9 months, and I too still look pregnant. I'm not as active as I should, but do a lot of walking where I work. I've lost about 6lbs since he was born. He was only 4lbs 5oz. I got infected and was reopened a week later and was found to have a blood clot. It was less than fun. I had problems, my baby was in the NICU for 2 weeks with low blood sugar. There was 3 whole days I wasn't aloud to see him. First, I was in ICU the day I had him...saw him all of 5 min or less. Second, I had a fever, later found to be caused by the infection. Lastly, I ended up in the ER with the infection while he was in the NICU and I ended up in the hospital overnite. I feel ok now, but my belly does not want to go away. I lost 10lbs after I had him, then gained it plus a little more. I can't believe what I weigh. I don't eat a lot and feel like I walk my legs off at work. I'm just so tired between working and caring for my little one, that I don't even want to think about exercise. There's just not enough time in a day. Does anyone know if there's any complications that cause your stomach to stay one size? I had a customer a month or so ago ask when I was due.

 

angelaincanada - January 8

My belly is still very round four months out and spanx type of underwear hurt.

 

ljsa__sy - August 11

It has been almost 5 months after my c section and I waited the 8 weeks before working out again. For the past 10 weeks I have been doing cardio for 30-40 min 4 to 5 days a week and I still have the tummy. UGGHHH. My friend had her baby v____ally 2 weeks after me and her tummy is gone! Does it really take 9 months to get rid of this???

 

carleigh - December 6

I know you posted this several years ago, but I just came across it. I too have the same exact issues. I had full term twins via cesarian and have a large round hard belly. What happened to you?

 

DeniseesineD - April 13

Yes with my first I had to have an emergency C-section and I had to work my arse off for 2 years with vigorous exercise and it almost went back to normal before bub no.2. I had 2 finger separation and I got told that I didn't have the separation thing ... Rectus diastasis. I saw a pregnancy physiotherapist and they didn't know what I was talking about. No one to this day knows what Im talking about. I have just had bub no.2 by elective caesarean and even after 2 years of busting my bum to get my stomach strong and re-built I had a smaller baby and belly with a 6 finger separation. I don't have as big a belly this time but my uterus stopped contracting since my milk dried up. I couldn't feed with my first either. Its like my body didn't naturally kick into 'Contract back into place' mode. I'm so confused. . Everyone thought I was having twins with my huge belly from my first. But I am so relieved to hear that I'm not the only one. I have been searching for almost 3 years to find an answer. I'm going crazy. My recovery after my first took 10 months for the pain to go away. My tummy was messed up but with more exercise it helped break through the pain barrier and make my tummy stronger. I will stop rambling now. I guess Im still a bit frustrated for not having answers! Thank you for sharing!

 

DeniseesineD - April 13

Yes with my first I had to have an emergency C-section and I had to work my arse off for 2 years with vigorous exercise and it almost went back to normal before bub no.2. I had 2 finger separation and I got told that I didn't have the separation thing ... Rectus diastasis. I saw a pregnancy physiotherapist and they didn't know what I was talking about. No one to this day knows what Im talking about. I have just had bub no.2 by elective caesarean and even after 2 years of busting my bum to get my stomach strong and re-built I had a smaller baby and belly with a 6 finger separation. I don't have as big a belly this time but my uterus stopped contracting since my milk dried up. I couldn't feed with my first either. Its like my body didn't naturally kick into 'Contract back into place' mode. I'm so confused. . Everyone thought I was having twins with my huge belly from my first. But I am so relieved to hear that I'm not the only one. I have been searching for almost 3 years to find an answer. I'm going crazy. My recovery after my first took 10 months for the pain to go away. My tummy was messed up but with more exercise it helped break through the pain barrier and make my tummy stronger. I will stop rambling now. I guess Im still a bit frustrated for not having answers! Thank you for sharing!

 

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