Motherhood is the most fulfilling phase and as rightly said birth is not about making babies, it’s about making mothers. The moment she takes her baby in her arms, a mother forgets all her pain and discomfort. There are a lot of changes that takes place in a woman’s life after pregnancy. Pregnancy weight gain is one such thing especially the post pregnancy pouch which can hamper a woman’s self-esteem. But then your body needs time to heal and recover after delivery especially if you have had a C-section.
Yes. I had a C-section 🙂 And it does not make me “less of a mother”
After a cesarean section, it might feel impossible to get my body back into pre-baby shape. Sometimes I just feel depressed, looking myself in the mirror, feeling less of myself and how I used to look like before I was pregnant even with Mini C. I was 37kg! Okla, that was before I was married, with high metabolism and being fed so well by Papa C. LOL.
I was told, pushing myself to lose those extra pounds and to get my body back into pre-baby shape after a C-section can lead to unnecessary complications and prolong the healing process. But take heart, a little dedication and patience goes a long way in reducing my weight (especially stomach after C-section).
I was feeling very motivated when I’m somewhat “faster” in losing weight after having Mini C 2 compared to Mini C. I’m just 2kg away to my pre-pregnancy weight with Mini C2.
With Mini C, I failed to get back to that pre-pregnancy weight! So more work now haha.
Here are some effective ways I read in magazines and online that will help us to reduce tummy after a C-section. I can’t really follow all these ways effectively. Haha. Currently doing my best in No. 1, 2, 3 and 6!
- Eat healthy: Make sure your diet is rich in carbs and low in fat. More energy is needed for lactating mothers. High carb diet along with sufficient vitamins and minerals is very important. At the same time, avoid food with saturated fats and sweets. Stay away from ghee, butter, fried foods and also from sugary beverages and aerated drinks. Include more fruits, vegetables, and protein in your diet.
- Drink plenty of water: Drinking water will not only help to maintain fluid balance but also helps to burn off any excess fat from your body post a caesarean delivery. So go ahead and up your water game
- Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is one of the easiest ways to lose those extra kilos that you piled up during pregnancy. This will help to reduce the belly fat
- Move your body: A C-section causes a lot of stress on the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. Walking is a low impact exercise that burns calories and helps to increase your metabolism. One of the easiest methods to start getting in shape after delivery is by going for a walk. Walking will not push you to the extremes. Going for a brisk walk at least 3 times a week can do wonders in regaining the belly shape.
- Massage: The post pregnancy massages have great advantages. And there is no harm in getting a massage after a C-section as well. The only thing is that you have to wait for 2 weeks before you get a massage. This is a period during which any complication associated with surgery surfaces. Once that period is over you can indulge in massages without any problem. The massage also helps to lose the fluids in lymph nodes.
- Tummy Binder: An age old process of tucking in the tummy is the tummy binder. And now, lots of tummy binder has been improvised and modernized this old age practice for today’s moms!
I’m using Belly Bandit
Their world famous Belly Wraps are designed to help you look and feel your absolute best after delivery – because when you deliver, so do we!
The Belly Bandit that I’m using is :
Viscose from Bamboo
which is suitable for Caesarean moms 🙂 as it’s gentle on a recovering C-section incision
Their Power Compress Core™ applies targeted compression, which may help:
- Slim and support your belly, waist, and hips
- Strengthen core muscles weakened during pregnancy (especially helpful if you have an abdominal separation, also called diastasis recti)
- Promote mobility, helping you get back to your daily activities more quickly
- Ease back pain
- Provide comfort after C-section
- Encourage better posture, especially important during breastfeeding
- Offer support while exercising
I’m very bad in compliancy when it comes to this but I will still wear it as much as I could. I’m still having that mom’s pouch and I hope it will be flatten more as I continue using this amazing product that already helped me through initially in my “belly-loosing” journey.
I can fit into most of my pants and skirts now! Yay.
Let’s continue to stay positive and loose those bellies mamas!