(Closed) When does your stomach go down after birth?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I definitely looked about  5-6 months pregnant for at LEAST a month pp.  I’m still not flat yet (14 weeks pp) but it is much smaller than before.  Still jiggly, I mean it was stretched out like a damn circus tent so, yeah…

I think once I’m done with the breast milk thing (I’m exclusively pumping) then I can get to work on it, but for now if I don’t consume enough calories my supply goes down 🙁  It’s more important to me to provide breast milk than it is to fit into my jeans, so until I’m done pumping I’m not going to concern myself too much with it.

Post # 4
1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It does go down on its own, but it depends on the woman. I’d say that, without any effort (but with breastfeeding), my stomach returned to what it was before pregnancy + maybe 1 or 2 pounds by about 3 months after birth. But probably 2 weeks after, I didn’t look pregnant anymore (just a bit heavier than usual).

My SIL didn’t look pregnant 2 days after birth. I hate her. (I don’t really, I love her, she just looked way too good 😉 )

Post # 5
6887 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It varies from woman to woman just like anything else with pregnancy.  Some women can step out of the hospital and look like they never gave birth. And some women it takes months to a year to get rid of the baby pouch look. 

Post # 6
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Breastfeeding is supposed to help in that process a lot. I had improvement in 3 months but it was a good two years before it was completely flat again!

Post # 7
1577 posts
Bumble bee

It takes the uterus a while to go back down – keep in mind when she left the hospital it hadn’t even been 24hrs yet. I’m short with a small frame, and it was mostly down by the time I left the hospital. My uterus is back down now at 6.5weeks pp, but I still have loose flab/skin on my belly even though it would be “flat” again.

Post # 8
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I noticed that too and asked the same question! I have no idea because I have not had kids. 

Post # 9
4690 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

My colleague gave birth 11 months ago and definitely looks VERY pregnant STILL. She even gets asked all the time. Poor thing. And she’s breastfeeding like a champ.


Post # 10
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I had a c-section (not sure if that makes a difference) but mine went down in a couple weeks. I still have chub, haha but it went to normal we’ll say. I was soft to begin with.

Post # 11
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It is so different for everyone.  In the July group- we have shared photos on our Facebook group and there are a few girls down to their normal size with flat bellies after a couple weeks.  I am 1 week post partum and look smaller everyday. I would say just pudgy now- not pregnanT anymore.  

Post # 12
2777 posts
Sugar bee

@Sunshine09:  I wanna say it took about a month for the “pregnant belly” to go away.

Post # 13
2393 posts
Buzzing bee

I got snapped at on another thread when I asked this very question, so I’m glad to see that I’m not the only Bee who noticed Kate’s tummy.

I think the dress she wore probably made her look bigger — just because of the way it flared out — but she looked like she was still pregnant to me. For a split second I almost thought she was holding a fake baby doll in her arms. I couldn’t figure out how her tummy could still be so big if  there wasn’t a baby in there.

In my family, the women tend to pop right back into shape right after delivering. I guess every woman is different. I am a huge Kate fan though — I just think she is fantastic. She’s gorgeous and I’m sure her body will adjust in good time. 

Post # 14
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I looked about 6 months pregnant for a few weeks. I’m 11 weeks postpartum and I still have a pooch and everything’s very squishy.

Post # 15
1062 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I went back down to my actual pre pregnancy weight about 2-3 months after birth. I didnt look pregnant anymore about 2 weeks after birth. Im on my 2nd pregnancy now so we will see how this one goes lol.

Post # 16
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m 15 weeks pp and I still have a small pooch.  I can get into my pre-pregnancy pants, but not very comfortably.  It bothers me, but like @DaneLady  I’m pumping (and Boyfriend or Best Friend when I’m not at work), cutting calories decreases my supply, and exclusively feeding my son breastmilk is more important to me than having a flat stomach right now.

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