How to lose my after birth tummy?

Philippines
November 9, 2008 2:28pm CST
I'm a new mom, I have a 7months old baby and I still have this big tummy like a 4month pregnant woman. I had a Cesarean Operation and my OBGYNE told me not to stress my muscles too much, that means no going to the gym until a year. I'm on Bfeeding and every time I feed my baby I feel so hungry again. How can I make my tummy small? What can I eat that is still healthy enough for me and my baby without me gaining an extra pounds, especially on the tummy? I want to please my husband and feel sexy inside and out, like I used to.. I need some help please...
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5 responses
• United States
10 Nov 08
Bfeeding helps lose the wait. You are hungry because your baby is pulling what it needs from your body, just like when you are pregnaunt. Just stay away from junk food and you should be fine. Babies have a tendancy to get cranky if you eat chocolate, spicy food ect. I would try walking, either outside take your baby for a walk with you it is good for the baby to get fresh air. If it is to cold then they have all kinds for walking videos, that are slower pace. Don't try crunches or weights yet. C-sections are different to recover from then other births. Just don't get frustrated and try to do too much to fast. The last thing you want to do is hurt those muscles. I understand what you are going through I went through the same thing. I am still not back to what I want to be and my daughter is now 7. I did not start working out when she was little, I wish I had. Good for you for Bfeeding it is so much better for you and the baby. Good luck.
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• Philippines
10 Nov 08
I wish I can go back to working again but my husband wants me to stay with her until she can walk or better yet run, I'm a seafarer and I'm working outside the country same as my husband, so It's really hard for us, esp my baby, to leave her too soon at this early age. Oh ok no crunches yet, I know it's hard to do and I am also a bit worried because it took me 2 months for my stitches to heal, my body cannot absorbed the suture they used. No junk foods, got that.. Thanks a lot!
• United States
10 Nov 08
I know it is hard when you want to work and can't, but try to enjoy your little one while she is still little. They really do grow up fast. At this age she is changing almost everyday.
• United States
15 Nov 08
Hi:) After I had my 4th child my doctor (who was the kind, sweet grandfatherly type)told me to simply do waist bends (toe touches but until you are ready you don't have to go all the way to your toes right away, work up to it). I started doing them, started off very slowly and added a little each day. They really did help with the pooch. I also had a great book that I found some good gentle exercises in. There was one that did wonders called the camel walk. It is like walking on all fours but instead of walking on your knees and hands you walk on you feet and hands. It looks quite silly but really did a good job. Plus it helped to stretch my legs and back as well. And to help diminish a bit of your tummy stay away from foods that cause bloating, i.e., salt, caffeine, pop, etc. Drink plenty of water and that will help too. Good luck and remember your body has been through something traumatic, give it time to heal. And it took your body 9 months to get that way, you need to give it time to go back :)
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• Philippines
10 Nov 08
We have the same problem, I'm also seeking for some suggestion from other mother on how to flatten my tummy again, mine is 6mos old. I also nurse her until 5 mos, I stop because I'm working. Drink lots of water, be poised at all time. This will make you look good and feel good.
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
I wish I can go back working again but I'm still nursing her and my husband wants me to stay with her until she can walk or maybe run.. Sometimes I forgot my posture esp when I'm carrying her. Anyway we will overcome this problem, the question is, when? Thaks..
@lycan89 (53)
• Italy
9 Nov 08
hi alyannabeatrice...for me it's more suitable than you go to the gym ^_^
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
Hi lycan89, thank you for your immediate response, how I wish it's more soon that I can go to the gym and stretch out some muscles, but I'm afraid it would be too long from now, that's why I'm looking for an alternative for now... I am really bothered with this after birth rhapsody...^-^
@mykmari_08 (2466)
• Philippines
15 Nov 08
I'm a married mom and we do have one daughter for a child. She's now three years old. Since I was still single until now, I was never conscious with my weight and tummy or figure even when I got pregnant. Honestly, I never gave exercise much thought after my delivery. Due to this, I must admit I still have my tummy problem. Even if some of my current officemates told me then that they were surprised to see that I recovered immediately from a big tummy, I still am not convinced that my tummy is as little as it was before I became pregnant. I do know your predicament at this time but sorry I couldn't give you much help in this matter since I myself never did anything about my tummy after delivery, as well as my stretch marks. But I do hope that some of the other mylotters would contribute to this discussion with their own proven remedies. I could also benefit from their stories, eventually.