Getting A Flat Tummy After A C-Section

When it comes to losing weight and toning up your stomach after a cesarean section, it's very important not to push your body too hard before you've had a chance to recover. Like most new mothers, you're keen to get back your figure as soon as possible, and you're probably already thinking about what type of diet and exercise program will help you. Don't forget, however, that in addition to bringing a baby into the world, you've also had a major operation - therefore you shouldn't be discouraged if it takes you longer to slim down your stomach area than it does a woman who delivered vaginally.

Special Considerations 

If you've had a C-section, you'll have a scar, and it's very important to protect it and give it time to heal. You should only begin trying to lose weight or tone up your tummy muscles after you've consulted a doctor and he has advised you that it's ok to start. Most doctors advise women to wait between six and eight weeks after a C-section before starting light aerobic exercise aimed at gradual weightloss, combined with gentle abdominal exercise for stomach toning.

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Protecting Your Scar

Some women find that wearing a special "after cesarean" panty helps them to heal after their operation and gives them more confidence when undertaking physical activity. The panty also helps to hold in the stomach and makes some women feel better about their general appearance just after the birth. If you are interested in trying out such a product, you could ask your doctor for more information. Alternatively a simple internet search would soon lead you to a store or website where you can purchase them yourself. In any case, it's always best to ask your doctor before using such products, as the position of your cesarean scar could determine whether or not the panties are recommended for you.

Diet And Exercise

If you are patient and determined, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and taking sensible exercise, you are already on your way to having a flat stomach even after a cesarean section. Aerobic exercise such as jogging, swimming, cycling and walking are recommended to help you burn fat and lose weight. You can also begin toning your abdomen with pelvic floor exercises (squeezing your muscles as if trying to stop urinating mid-stream) and by practicing pulling your belly button in and up. When you build up some strength in your muscles, you can then move on to gentle sit-ups. If you decide to take a fitness class or work out at the gym, be sure to tell your instructor that you've had a C-section. When it comes to dieting, always ask your doctor before beginning a special eating regime, especially if it involves cutting out an entire food group, and particularly if you are breast feeding.

How Long?

Unfortunately there is no set length of time it takes to get a cesarean stomach back to its pre-pregnancy shape. We are all different. Women who have had several pregnancies may have to work harder than first time mothers, and women who were fitter before and during their pregnancy may find it easier. It's important to maintain positive body image and not to compare yourself too much to other women. If you are really struggling to tone your stomach, you might want to consider a "tummy tuck" operation. See our page on tummy tucks for more information.

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Just wanted to stress that it's important not to do push the abdominal exercises before you're completely healed. To start I highly recommend walking. Believe it or not walking is highly effective for getting your muscles back i shape and reducing your c-section tummy. A few weeks of consistent walking will give you a leg up on those abdominal exercises making them a lot easier and help you notice a difference sooner.
10 years ago
Working out at home with a few light exercises during the day is an effective way to burn more calories.Do physical work at home as much as possible. Do not sit idle for any length of time. Rest only when your body demands rest.Go for long walks carrying your baby. The act of carrying the baby will help in close bonding and the effort of carrying the baby for long distances will help you burn a lot of calories.MORE AT --
11 years ago
Betty F.-It is not unusual, my c-section hurt for literally 7 years after having had my c-section. The problem was my scar tissue had adhered to other organs and so occasionally if I moved in a certain way it must have tugged on whatever it was adhered to.
11 years ago
I had a cesarean section 5 years ago after having fibroids moved from my uterus I was not pregnant I haven't done any ab exercises and my stomach looks terrible. Is there're any help movies exercises help me
12 years ago
well, i'm already a year and half after a c-section and i still am no where near having a flat tummy. i can do crunches till my face turns blue but until i actually find the time to really work out and take off this extra baby weight my stomach will remain flabby. it's always the last place on my body to get thin. but is it weird that this long after my c-section my scar still hurts sometimes?
13 years ago