How can I tone my stomach after a c-section?

Hiya I’m 32 years old, and I have three children aged 14,11,1 all born through c sections, I was a size ten before my first, and now after three babies I’m now a size 18 weighing just under 18 stone and a very big overhang, I’m starting to exercise, and I have lost a little weight, but I have this fear I’m not going to be able to get rid of this hideous overhang because people say that once the surgeon cuts your tummy muscles they will never recover and your tummy will always be droopy?!? have any of you experienced a big overhang and managed to get rid of it? And if so, how did you accomplish it? I really need some inspiration and reassurance thankyou x


I’m 20 I had my daughter via emergency c section a month before I turned 20. I use a binder to wrap my stomach!

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Im 125-130lbs 4 kids ages 13,9,5,4 and i still have the pouch. Never fully goes away. Only my last was csection but it has been opened 3 times for various reasons.

Following. Didn’t have a c section but I’ve had 5 kids :flushed::joy:

So first off they do not cut your muscles, they spread them. Secondly the pooch may never go away, especially if you are older and didnt have a flat stomach to start. Although when you lose the weight the pooch will shrink with it. If after you get down to goal weight you can always get a tummy tuck and they usually just go around your c section scar.

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Binders help, exercise and diet help…but correct…pregnancy and surgeries damage muscles and often surgery is needed to repair it

Of corse you can get rid of it :slight_smile: giving birth naturally, they say the same thing… as pushing so hard tears your abdominal muscles… i still have my overhang tho… too lazy :stuck_out_tongue:

I lost 6 stone thought calorie counting and working out I had a normal birth and a c section and I still have a small hang but not as much, I was 19 stone I’m now 13 stone I was 12 stone but gained one back last year but back on it now, its hard but once your heads in to it you can do it

I’ve had 3 sections and I have a little belly now but u can get rid of it with exercise & eating right, I just never seem to be able to stick it a diet x

Waist training can help

6 stone lost I can do it you can !

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Hey! It’s certainly possible for you to lose weight. It will take time… For starters get a BCA (Body Composition Analysis) test done like a Dexa scan. This will give you an approximate value to start your diet. You can use an online app to calculate your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) as per your activity level. Add 300-400 calories over it and that should be a good starting point. Make note of your weight and measurements. Incorporate weight training and light aerobic exercise into your regime to increase your calorie deficit. Walk as much as you can and stay active to increase your NEAT (NON EXERCISE ACTIVITY THERMOGENESIS)… Consume around 0.8 gm /kg body weight protein for satiety level. You’ll notice those extra pounds go off pretty soon :grin:

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I walked out of the hospital twice with a flat tummy. Its genes


I have a 13, 11 and 1 year old, all c-sections. I’ve also had a sleeve gastrectomy (bariatric surgery) I was a size 3x at my biggest and lost about 120 lbs before having baby #3. I have about 20 lbs to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy size 4. Unfortunately if the skin has been stretched out that much there’s not a lot you can do about it. You can exercise and tone up the muscles some after your c-section is well healed but that will not fix the stretched skin or muscles. I have loose skin that hangs over 6" on my belly and we’re planning a panniculectomy to remove it, not as good of a result as a tummy tuck but we can’t afford a tuck and insurance should cover the panniculectomy for related health issues. It’s important to manage your expectations. Loose skin and belly pooch after kids and weight loss happens to most of us, it only really matters if it causes problems for you or really bothers you. Invest in some good shape wear, exercise and work on improving health as needed, and try to love your new body :slight_smile:

My mother in law, God rest her soul, bought me a girdle after having two babies, back to back, c-section. She honestly knew best, but the girdle she bought me was way too small. I was young and arrogant and thought I didn’t need it. Now my kids are 30 and 31, and I have a santa belly because I never took care of me. I was always too busy taking care of everyone else, and too exhausted to go to the gym. I never ate right, never slept right, never made time for exercise, and here we are. Get a girdle. One that fits, but holds everything in nicely. Eat healthy choices. Exercise. Sleep well. Take care of you so that you can take care of others, and be happy with yourself.

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Doesnt fully go away, but planking definitely helps!

It’s pretty much always going to be there. I have to same overhang at 160lbs as at 120. It just gets easier to tuck in :rofl:

I’m 31 I’ve had 3 kids 11 6 n 9months, I lost weight very quickly but I was left with overhang… didn’t have the confidence to go to gym so started to cut down on carbs n done toning exercise n weights at home… there were times I’ve cried because all I wanted was a huge Chinese n every carb u can think of, I hate veg aswel so struggled massively, take each day as it comes, write down what your eating so then u can have a good look at the carbs, fizzy pop was a massive thing for me, your mindset is a huge part of it too, so take each day as it comes, even if u can only start by doing I duno 3 sit ups aim for 4 the next day, each achievement is a positive, lots of luck n love :heart:


Awww no its your baby pouch :heart::joy: mines literally loose skin its horrible :joy: I need a tummy tuc now I’ve no chance of salvaging it :joy:

Just stay consistent and don’t get discouraged. Lots of core workouts with cardio and a healthy diet. You burn most calories in your sleep believe it or not so no eating before sleep helps too, a healthy sleep schedule is as important as exercise and diet.

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