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Old Jun 12th, 2016, 23:48 PM   1
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POUCH! Prevention/getting rid of?!


Hi ladies.

after my 2 c-sections I was left with a horrific tummy pouch. The flab was horrid. I lost all the baby weight and then some and it never went away.

Eventually I had a tummy tuck and for me it was the only thing which worked (I also had HUGE strechmarks all over my tummy).

Now I am pregnant again. I really want a vba2c, but another c-section is always a possibility.

So, ladies. Does anyone have REAL tips how to prevent it or make it go?

Advice like diet and exercise does not work....

SO? Options? Belly binding before and ab workout before? Belly bandit pants after? Not gaining over recommended amount? Getting your fat % after baby below 20?

I was really happy with my body before this bubba, and I am dreading to be left AGAIN with a flabby pouch!



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2016, 03:42 AM   2
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I hope someone can give you tips and advice that both of us can follow as I too have a pouch and I dread what is yet to come



 
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Old Jun 20th, 2016, 10:43 AM   3
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Blessedbaby,

Until now the only helpful info I have found is:

1) Avoid c-section

2) If it's your 2nd c-section, ask the doc to cut out the old scar and make a new one.

3) Tummy tucking pants/wrap straight after, not a week/month after
(easier said than done, considering with my c-sections my scar would not close for ages properly and I had yellow pus mixed with blood coming out through multiple little holes)...


I know I sound super selfish and the main thing is getting a healthy baby out, but one of the reasons I am considering a VBA2C is because of the possibility of the dreaded pouch. After my first 2, I was left with a pouch, which overhand my scar by a few inches. It was like a huge roll of fat/skin just hanging there. Was ugly. It sweated underneath. Was itchy and horrid.
It took me 4 years of dieting and exercise and a tummy tuck (didn't plan on any more babies at the time) to get a flat stomach.


And from what I have read, unless you are in a 5% of super genetically blessed women, after a c-section it is almost guaranteed the pouch will be there.

So I really don't know what to advice you, Blessed... For me, the only way I was able to get rid of it, despite loosing tons of weight, was to have a TT.



 
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Old Jun 20th, 2016, 10:52 AM   4
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Although CS makes it worse pregnancy itself can leave you with extra skin. I didnt have a CS but I'm afraid I still have rather a large tummy flap. I had a small one after my first and a much bigger one after the second. However he was 11lbs and I was really huge by the end.



 
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Old Jun 20th, 2016, 11:04 AM   5
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Bunny, extra skin is extra skin. But the c-section pouch I had, was a massive overhang of skin, with a c-section scar as a line where it folded.
Something like this (I just had an even bigger skin flap overhanging almost till the end of the venus mount)

https://millietilly.files.wordpress..../09/image1.jpg

PS: on the picture is not me, but mine was pretty similar, just bigger/longer...

I am fine with a flabby tummy, but I really want to avoid another massive spaniel ear which goes all around my belly...



 
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Old Jun 20th, 2016, 11:10 AM   6
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What make me so angry sometimes, that doctors so push for c-sections, but rarely anyone thinks of a well being of a mother afterwards. Besides recovery being horrible, in most cases you are left with a disfigured body.

I think tummy tucks should be routinely offered to all women with a belly pouch after babies (proven she reaches her goal BMI and not planning on having more kids...)



 
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Old Jun 20th, 2016, 11:28 AM   7
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Yep thats just what mine looks like only mine is lot bigger :/ and of course I dont have the scar which I am glad of but it is very much overhanging. After my 1st birth it overhung too but about the same or a bit less than the picture. I think what I have is basicaslly what they call twin tummy because its common in twin mums. I didnt have twins but he was big enough to have been .

I do agree with you about doctors pushing for CS without thinking of its long term effect both big and small. Evidence points tward a CS rate of something not much above 10% but lots of hospitals have a rate of 40% which is a bit horrifying!



 
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Old Jun 21st, 2016, 05:42 AM   8
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I just read on babycentre that lower leg lifts helps you get rid of it ...

I do hope its true though ... Im also dreading mine as I also have a huge overhang of skin and fat



 
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Old Jun 21st, 2016, 05:44 AM   9
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"I did Brazil butt lift exercise, had toning bands tied my legs and did bridges, used fitness ball to bridges, and also held the ball in between my legs and did bridges or circles. strength training helped. cardio didn't help at all. sit ups made it worse so, you should figure out for yourself what works for you. what worked for me was weight lifting and strength training my butt, sides, thighs, and lower back."



 
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Old Jun 21st, 2016, 12:44 PM   10
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Does this always happen with c sections? I'm only in second tri but I am planning a section and just kind of assumed that if you weren't really overweight that you would just have a scar



 
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