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How to Get Rid of My Belly “Pooch” After Pregnancy?

Mom with a babyMany women feel anxious to return to their pre-baby weight and size after pregnancy, and while this goal can often be achieved with time, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, there are certain body areas that may not revert back to their previous shape. The concern of a belly “pooch” is very common, and although it may seem like excess fat or poor muscle tone, it is actually caused by a condition known as diastasis recti. This occurs when the abdominal muscles are stretched during pregnancy to accommodate the baby, separating to the point of requiring surgery for repair.

During tummy tuck surgery, diastasis recti can be corrected by suturing the separated muscles together, restoring the natural firmness of the stomach area. This not only helps flatten the midsection, but adds support to the abdominal wall which can often improve posture and reduce lower back pain. Although there are many claims of diastasis recti being healed by performing certain exercises, the truth is this “pouch” must be reversed with surgical intervention for long-term resolution. 

Separated abdominal muscles are incredibly common among mothers, and it is nothing to feel ashamed about. However, if you feel uncomfortable with your protruding belly after pregnancy, we encourage you to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to learn about your options. You may find tummy tuck surgery is the ideal solution for helping you achieve the post-baby figure you desire, while addressing additional concerns at the same time.