(Closed) Belly after baby?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee

I didn’t get stretch marks until maybe 2 or so days before I gave birth (only 5 days early).  They aren’t that bad, though.  I mean, they are still bright right now, but they do not cover much of my belly.  My tummy is definitely pouchy, but I don’t think it is that horrible, and I’m only 3.5 weeks out and had an 8.5 pounder!  I plan to get back into Pilates, which I did pre-TTC through my last week of pregnancy.  Plus, I am already going on short walks and will build up before going back to work @ 12 weeks.  I know it will be harder once I am juggling work and loving on the baby, but breastfeeding seems to help so far, and I’m already down ~20/40 (@5’10″…not great but not horrible, and my hubs jokes that a large amount of my weight gain is in my boobs, lol).

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee

PS  I saw a new laser treatment on “The Doctors” that really helped tummies post-pregnancy w/o having to go “under” (the knife/anesthesia).

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My stomach is not bad; I never had stretch marks, and my pooch is continuing to shrink (3 months out).  I still have my linea negra, though, which surprised me because I thought that was supposed to disappear after the baby.  Really, though, it’s not so bad.  It amazes me every day that I fit my daughter into my belly only three months ago! 

Post # 20
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@Mrs. Spring:  I love my linea nigra.  It’s like a badge of honor… but sadly it’s beginning to fade, just as pregnancy is becoming a distant memory.  Sigh, what a special time!

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@Mrs. Spring: it took my linea nigra about 6 months to go away! I was under the impression it went away fast and was like wtf why is it still here haha

clearly EVERYONESSSS bodies are different.  I went back to my pre-pregnancy weight 3 days after having my daughter and it took about a month for my belly to go back to normal, Breastfeeding helps your stomach get smaller faster!

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

This is good to know, ladies!  I’m holding out hope that my linea negra will be fading soon.  🙂 

Post # 23
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Newbee

Well everyone is different. I am 22 and Below my pre pregnancy weight. However, I got stretchmarks like you wouldn;t believe, and my tummy just isn;t the same. I went for walks, used all the oils, and did everything I could to prevent them. My mom got them and so geneteically, I did too! But once you have your baby, you don;t worry about the small stuff. All you have to do is look at your baby in his/her eyes and know that all the stuff just doesn;t matter anymore.

Post # 24
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Newbee

Here’s a pic

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Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My mom had(has! lol) 4 kids, I am the oldest. She said she was able to wear her pre pregnancy jeans the day she got back from the hospital and had zero stretch marks. Same thing for my brother but she said after my sister (the third baby) It was harder to get into shape and by the time she had the 4th baby there was a “pouch” she was never able to get rid off she was around 29 by that time.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Also thank you for sharing that website! It’s crazy how different all the bodies are.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

A friend of mine gave birth at 21-22, and she has a picture of herself holding him while at a beach, and her kid can’t be more than a few weeks old. Maybe one month at the absolute oldest. And she was completely bikini ready. In fact, she told me she had no stretch marks, and in fact pretty much lost her belly at the hospital after giving birth. I didn’t know her then, so I can’t confirm that, but if the picture of them a few weeks later is any indication, she wasn’t really exaggerating much. Also (and get ready to really hate her here) she wore her size 2 jeans her entire pregnancy. She had a big belly, but carried high enough she could get away with wearing regular jeans and maternity shirts.

However, her sister, who had a baby at 18, got tons of stretch marks, although I think her body shape was mostly back to normal no more than a few months after her baby was born.

My Future Sister-In-Law had a baby last year and it took her about 6 months to lose the baby weight. She still insists her boobs and stomach are not what they used to be, but she looks great to me.

I think it changes based on how many kids you have too. A woman who I used to nanny for was a size 0 after three kids, yet, with her fourth kid went up to a size 4 (several years after 4th kid was born) and never did get rid of her belly.

Seems like a total crapshoot what will happen. I agree genetics can play a big role, but like I wrote in the beginning, two sisters had way different experiences with pregnancy. I think the above poster had it right- they’re not stretch marks, they’re battle scars! (And they could always be surgically fixed!).

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper

After watching both of those youtube videos again, I’d like to say that how much weight you gain during your pregnancy plays an enormous role in how your body will respond to the pregnancy.  If you gain 4 stone (55lbs-ish) then you will get lots of stretchmarks and extra skin.  Pregnancy or not, radical weight gain has consequences.  So eat well during pregnancy, exercise if you can, and try not to down the entire package of oreo cookies.

After 4 months, my belly is looking toned again, although the stretchmarks are still there, just faded to skin color.  I have a small pooch, but it was there pre-pregnancy and is actually smaller now.  BFing is really helping, I haven’t worked out at all and it’s just melting off me.  And thank goodness, because I didn’t follow any of the above advice at all when I was pregnant and I gained quite a bit!

Post # 29
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Newbee

@Tatum: Just because two sisters were different doesn;t make them not genetic factors. It just means one sister inherited the gene while the other did not.

Post # 30
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Newbee

@MightySapphire: I followed it all, excerised, ate well, drank a ton of water, and used the cocoa butter, bio oil, and vitamin e oil. I gained 43 lbs, but that was just water weight, and I could not for the life of me help it. I had stretch marks in my pre teen years, and thats a good indication of whether or not you will get them. Every doctor will tell you that it is genetics. And I still got stretch marks on my tummy.

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Okay, Christina, my point was you can’t entirely guess on how you will fare based on how your mother or sister fared.

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