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

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2000

the uterus needs time to shrink back to normal size after birth about four weeks. Breastfeeding helps. I am so glad Kate is showing the world how a real woman looks after birth!

after this, the muscles will take some time, and of course toning. It will also depend a bit on genetics. 

Post # 18
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BelliniChic:  I definitely noticed and told Fiance, “Look at her! She gives no fucks! Lovely woman.”

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2000

edited double post

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Everyone is different. I went down close to normal in less then a month. I was all belly, I’m plus sized for reference (size [email protected] the time).

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@BelliniChic:  @vorpalette:  I noticed this too and was so happy that she actually looked like she just gave birth. She looked amazingly beautiful (did anyone notice she was wearing a Jenny Packham dress?) and still had that little post partum bump.

 

Post # 23
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@FauxBoho:  Ha, yes! Her dress was super cute. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it depends on the woman because I was so surprised that my belly went down completely, just minutes after I gave birth.  But I had an unmedicated birth – so I was not hooked up to IV’s, etc.  Maybe the lack of fluid helped?  I don’t know, but I was completely surprised.  I did not look at all pregnant the day after I gave birth.

But… my belly did have the “bowl of jelly” look and feel.  And at almost 4 weeks post partum, I only lost another 3 lbs since I got home from the hospital.  I still have about 15 lbs to lose to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I am breastfeeding – so I am a little boggled by why I’m not losing weight faster.  Like I said, everyone is different!  Most girls lose weight quick when they breastfeed!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This is not meant as a snarky remark in any way, but until seeing Kate I honestly had no idea that women still look so pregnant after birth. It totally makes sense, there is still a lot of blood and excess lining in the uterus, plus the muscle itself has expanded quite a bit and organs need time to adjust themselves sans baby, but this was totally not something I had thought about before.  My mom said it took 2-3 weeks for her stomach to go down.

Incidentally I just came across this article and apparently I (and OP/PPs who are equally as surpised) am not alone in my ignorance;

http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/kate-middleton-8217-post-birth-belly-completely-normal-145200556.html

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It really depends on the woman. I only looked pregnant for 24 hours after delivery. By 6 days pp I was at my pre-pregnancy weight! No one would believe I just had a baby a little over 2 weeks ago. 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee

@Sunshine09:  It completely depends upon the woman’s body (muscle tone, uterus contraction), the amount of weight she gained and how much she lost when the baby was born. I have a friend who’s youngest child is 7 years old and she still looks 6 months pregnant. 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I love that she still had her post-pregnancy belly and wasn’t afraid to flaunt it. It’s very apparent that showing the world that this is normal is needed. People are so used to seeing VS models walking the runway weeks after having a baby that I think a lot of people get a big shock when that doesn’t happen to them.

My stomach wasn’t really flat before I got pregnant, but it was almost back to normal in a few days. It was sort of the same size, just felt like a waterbed.

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