Who loves their new jelly belly?
As a first timer I'd like to thank you for starting this thread so I have a better idea of what to expect. I love your positive attitude and hope to join you with one once the babe makes his or her arrival.
I am definitely looking forward to losing the tight belly - most evenings I end up at least baring my belly to reduce itching, and changing into a dress because anything with a waistband just cuts into my belly in the wrong place after a few hours.
Are any of you using a support band? I've heard it can be tough to function with basically 0 abdominal muscle tone.
Awww, this is a great thread! So positive!!
My belly was the least favorite part of my body post-baby last time around, I'll admit. Prior to kids I had a little "pooch" as I liked to call it. After DS was born and I lost the weight and got really fit, I still had lots of saggy belly skin. Booo. Though I am in awe of my amazing body that is capable of growing a baby and sustaining its life through nursing, I have to say I was a bit displeased with my belly. I realize though that I was super fit and still had the extra skin, so the only fix would be surgery, and I can never see willingly going under anesthesia for something cosmetic. I choose to see it more as a battle scar from motherhood, well-earned! It helps that DH is supportive, too. It's not like he loves the extra skin, but when I express myself about my body he's always very willing to agree that it was "worth it" to have our son and that it's one small less-than-favorite area on a body he otherwise very much enjoys, haha. :)
It definitely will help this time around knowing that will be there and not expecting it to disappear.
wow you all are very inspiring, I wish I could feel the same way. I'm only 3 weeks since birth so I'm a little too busy with the babies and recovering to think about it yet, although I worried about it pretty extensively in the last weeks of pregnancy. But before the babies I had a flat belly and as of right now there's a lot of sagging and weird lumpiness. I'm not concerned about scars so much as trying to get the flatness and tightness back. We'll see how it is in a year...that's what I keep telling myself.
I'm not sure what I find positive about it except that it's pretty incredible it stretched so much. I'll be equally impressed if it springs back to what it was before
kimble - the hospital gave me two abdominal binders (I had to ask for them). One is an x-large size that I wore for maybe the first week after birth, wearing it tighter every day until it was too big, and then I started wearing the smaller one, which is now almost too big (not sure what I'll do once it is too big...). I wear my belly band from pregnancy under it so it doesn't itch my skin. I pretty much wear the binder 24/7, otherwise I feel a little sick with the movement of my belly, and it supports my core when I'm moving about (especially getting in and out of bed).
I am trying to figure out if I have separation or just belly fat and need to get back in shape. I might feel a little just above my belly button but I'm not sure. I think I'll ask the doctor to check for me next week. I'm doing pelvic tilts in the meantime since it just feels good to use the muscles a little.