May 18, 2008,
M.G. asks from South Hadley, MA on May 16, 2008
Belly Fat After 2 C-sections
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to work on and get rid of the belly fat that is left over after having a c-section? I feel like I have this layer of blubber that won't go anywhere, unless it is surgically removed! I still have good muscle control in my abs, but it can't be seen with this layer of fat. The area that needs targeting is from my belly button to my c-section scar.
T.K. answers from Boston on May 17, 2008
I hear you! I lost all the baby weight after my c-section PLUS some! I still have that awful belly fat. It does not go away, does not tone....it only sags. I am not a big work out person, but I am active and not overweight. I am open to ANY suggestions.
K.L. answers from Boston on May 17, 2008
I hear ya! As with everyone else I had 2 C-sections (17 months apart). My youngest is 15 months and I have lost all my weight from both pregnancies and still have this horrid pouch! So much for low rise jeans, those are a thing of the past. Maybe if we all get together for surgical removal we can get a discount! hehehe. I sure hope someone out there has a good suggestion to get rid of it.
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M.H. answers from Springfield on May 17, 2008
I am a physical therapist and exercise coach in the Valley. . . I have two thoughts about your "belly" issues. One. . . while you say you have good abdominal tone, you may not have regained functional use of your deepest abdominal muscle called the transversus abdominus. This muscle is hard to retrain and plays a big role of support in the area from the navel to the pubis. And two, your diet may be causing some inflammation in your gut which would also inhibit these muscles.
The exercises to retrain these muscles are not all that complicated, but to be sure you are correctly using them, I would recommend working with a professional for a few sessions. That way, you can be sure you are doing the exercises correctly. I have seen MANY people need a few sessions to understand how to properly recruit this muscle and then integrate its use into functional activities.
If you are local to Amherst, I would be happy to help you.
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J.P. answers from Bangor on May 17, 2008
I never had a c-section so I don't know much about the muscles that we're cut and all that, but I am a cardio kickboxing instructor so I could give you some tips on certain ab work that may help.
First of all, I would do at least half an hour to an hour of cardio workout a day (aerobics class or dvd turbo jam is a lot of fun, jogging,speed walking etc.) Getting your heart rate up and burning calories/fat is the best way to start out losing the belly fat, After your cardio workout, lie down on your back, hands under your bum, and lift and lower your legs so your feet are a couple of inches off the floor. You can also keep your legs straight up in the air with your knees slightly bent and press them up toward the ceiling, lifting your butt a couple of inches from the floor. Those are good for the lower abs. I would also suggest a pilates dvd. It's maybe something you could do while the boys are napping.
It is really hard losing that belly weight, I have a 3 month old and even though I'm very active I'm still struggling with it:)
I wish you luck!
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C.K. answers from Pittsfield on May 17, 2008
Here I am, giving a nod to the other posters. I had 2 c/s and the same problem. Bleh!
T.M. answers from New London on May 17, 2008
I was told the reson for this is because of the cut. Where and how they cut does not allow the skin to tone itself as it would if the cut was not there. Sorry i hate mine too.
B.G. answers from Barnstable on May 16, 2008
I dont have any advice - just support. I have had only 1
c-section, but I have a little ring around me..... I call it my permanent donut. I cant wait to see if anyone has any good advice b/c I could benefit from it too!
D.H. answers from Boston on May 18, 2008
I wish I had a suggestion. I saw your question and I didn't know if I should feel better that I'm not the only one in this situation, or worse in that your baby is 22 months old and you are still struggling to lose the "belly fat". My baby is 9 months, and I had hoped by now my belly would be close to "normal". After my first baby (c-section), I had pretty much gotten back to norml by 9 months. But, with my 2nd baby (c-section), I've been carrying this pouch around and I don't see an end in sight. I admit I haven't worked really hard it at, but I've never had to before. If you learn how to get rid of it, I'd love to hear it! Good luck!!
N.L. answers from Boston on May 17, 2008
Without looking at it, my guess is that it's skin and scar tissue not muscle. This isn't "tonable" and if you want to get rid of it you will have to do so with some surgical help.
If you can't get rid of it then you can change your mind and be proud of it....it's a "war wound" from the births of your baby! :)