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Ok so I'm new to this site so I'm sorry if there is already a post about this but I had my first child in February via emergency c section. I did gain a lot of weight during my pregnancy, (135lbs pre pregnancy and 199 lbs at birth) I'm 5 months post partum have only lost 14 pounds greensad.gif but I think the worst of it all is this weird flap I have in the front of my belly. It's loose skin that hangs I read about wraps a month ago and had no idea about them, then realized I was supposed to use them right after my c section... Ugh I'm so frustrated I have no time to work out.. But I don't doubt I will slowly drop the weight, it's just this weird flip flop belly thing I've got that I don't know what to do with or how to get rid of it, I'm afraid losing weight won't make a difference with this... It make dressing awful, is till look pregnant and I'm so embarrassed I don't leave the house much anyone else have this problem after c section or have any helpful solutions? Thanks
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I never heard of a wrap after csection.  Hm.  All I can say is that bodies take a looooooooooooooo (breath) ooooooooooooooong time to recover.  The "weird flap" won't be helped by losing more weight, I don't think.  The skin simply needs more time to bounce back, at least that is what I think is happening.

 

Weight loss can take a long time, especially after a csection where it's a struggle to walk around the house with the baby.


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I had a belly flap that was just awful right after my son was born, and it gradually lifted a bit, but never went back to normal. I think you could probably still try a wrap and it might make a difference.

I agree with Sweetsilver, the skin is stretched out and needs to tighten up a bit, which losing weight won't necessarily help.

Good luck, this is a frustrating problem!


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You raise a few different, though related issues.

First, the C-flap. This might be due to adhesions, a type of scar tissue that results from surgery, which are holding your incision skin too tightly onto underlying tissue. Scar mobilization massage can be very helpful for this.

Second, losing weight can improve the look of your scar. If you diminish the amount of subcutaneous (under the skin) fat, then your going to have a lot less bulk, and therefore less to hang over.

Third: still looking preggo. Very common. This is due to abdominal laxity, meaning that your muscles are still too long and weak. Start doing pp core rehab exercises. Even just 10 minutes a day while your baby naps can make a big difference. (Don't start with exercises like crunches, these will not flatten your abdomen.) Google my screen name for more on this.

Once your abdominal muscles are shorter, then you'll have less hanging tissue too, which will also greatly improve both the function and shape of your abs.

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You raise a few different, though related issues.

First, the C-flap. This might be due to adhesions, a type of scar tissue that results from surgery, which are holding your incision skin too tightly onto underlying tissue. Scar mobilization massage can be very helpful for this.

Second, losing weight can improve the look of your scar. If you diminish the amount of subcutaneous (under the skin) fat, then your going to have a lot less bulk, and therefore less to hang over.

Third: still looking preggo. Very common. This is due to abdominal laxity, meaning that your muscles are still too long and weak. Start doing pp core rehab exercises. Even just 10 minutes a day while your baby naps can make a big difference. (Don't start with exercises like crunches, these will not flatten your abdomen.) Google my screen name for more on this.

Once your abdominal muscles are shorter, then you'll have less hanging tissue too, which will also greatly improve both the function and shape of your abs.

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Interesting! I can see where tightening the abdominal muscles would make a real difference.

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Omg thank you I had no idea about any of this... As far as scar mobilization massage goes does this mean I just massage the area w my fingers?
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RE: c section scar-- I had a body worker tell me how to do it- basically get some kind of body oil ( I use almond oil with a little rose essential oil in it) and put it on your hands. Rub scar from one end to the other, starting from different places. You can use your whole hand fingers or palm, whatever feels good- for just three minutes a day or so. She showed me how to do it but I think any way you do it is fine- just keeps the area supple and breaks up the scar tissue. She said to do it every day for a few minutes or whenever you can. I am now three yrs past c section and I still do the massage of the scar sometimes.  Good luck-- it is a lot to adjust to a new baby, a new body AND a c section scar with  additional problems! Things will get better. I don't have that flap thing but my body is still very different than before baby. But better than a couple of years ago!

 

Also I had some pain in my back that the scar tissue was potentially contributing to (by keeping the area too tight) and the other thing this  person suggested was doing kegals to strengthen the muscles from the inside out. I do them- uh, occasionally! I did them a lot for a while but now occasionally.

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What you have is a panniculus. I have it, too. I gained the same number of pounds with my ds1 as you did. My scar tissue was bad and the massive weight gain left me with more skin than could ever shrink down. Eight years later I had another csec, but this time I had gained only ten pounds. My midwife had told me that as my belly grew, it would rip up the tight brick of scar tissue but I never gained enough weight to grow a big belly and then I ended up with a csec again. Because of how much scar tissue I had from the first time, the second OB had to go up a few inches. So now my brick of scarring had turned into a cinder block.

You can certainly try to break up the scar tissue by hand massage. For me, it is too painful. I'm 11 years pp from ds2 and I'm planning to have abdominoplasty in the next year. Sadly, that is the only real solution to rid your body of a panniculus.

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For losing the pregnancy weight, try cutting grains, potatoes, and refined sugars but increasing meat, veg, and good fats. Mine went away fast when I did that, switching our snacks and meals closer to "paleo" to help my hubby's problems with gluten, lactose, and his weight. I wasn't even trying to lose weight quickly or eat less either, I feel like I eat more than I used to. Exercising (play hard with the kids, forget the gym) can tone muscle and use up some energy but it's mostly what you eat that will control weight.

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