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January 23, 2012 9:50 AM
I think that everyone is going to bounce back differently. Obviously the better you take care of yourself prior to the lil guys and gals the faster and better you will be back in shape. I've had 4 kids and my stomach is not close to a six pack at all. Even though I'm a thick girl (196) I don't have a gut but I have extra skin and stretch marks. The extra skin that is saggy is not going away with exercise, but I know I can make it look like it’s a lot less!! It all depends on the elasticity of your skin as well. I don't think we can say it is realistic to think everyone is going to have a flat tummy and no saggy skin after babies (even if they are not 196 like me), but we can say that we will NOT have pot belly’s and saddle bags!!! lol I think you look great! I wish I had your muscle memory and great skin!! You go girl! I hope that I can try to get as close as I can to achieving abs like those. I'm on my way to a healthier me!!
January 23, 2012 9:52 AM
Thanks for the proof of a flatter stomach!!! I have been working on that too. I was hoping there was hope to a flat tummy at some point.

You look great! Congrats!!
January 23, 2012 9:57 AM

I have read a few threads lately of people asking if there is hope for a flat tummy after a c-section. The answer is yes, of course you can!

I'm 5'5" and about to turn 34 years old. My "babies" are 9 and 6. With my first pregnancy I gained about 70lbs and topped the scales at just over 200lbs (yikes!) when I delivered. With my 2nd baby I gained less (maybe 40lbs) but started out heavier and he was 9lbs of cuteness.

This is me at 41 weeks (yes, a full week overdue!) with the 9lb boy.

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And this is me this morning (excuse the PJs, it's a snow day and the kids & I are lounging around)

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(in this forward-facing photo you can just see my c/s scar right above my pants line. It's pretty faded.)

And one of my gigantic hulking man-muscle biceps (just kidding!) because I'm proud of them. :)

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My current stats are 122.4lbs, 20% body fat. Waist at bellybutton is 27", lower "mommy tummy" is 30", my hips are about 35.5" and my biceps are 11". My post-pregnancy weight was around 165.

I did it by eating pretty clean (hey, I like my junk food too, though), focusing on small meals every 3-4 hours and mixing up cardio and lifting some heavy weights.

Hope for all those mommies who are just starting out on weight loss you can have some hope that your tummy will look good again!

WOW!!! you look amazing, thanks for posting this and showing there is hope. I had two c-sections and both my kids were 8lbs I have already lost 22lbs but would love for my stomach to look like that when I am done still have 12lbs to go.
January 23, 2012 9:58 AM

I've had 2 babies, both around 8 pounds (not c-section though). I gained about 70 pounds both times. There is hope :)

WOW you look fantastic too you guys inspire me
January 23, 2012 9:58 AM

You look great!!

I have almost the same stats as you too! Had 2 babies, gained over 50 with each, they are 8 and 10 now. It does take time to really get back to normal, but if you put in the hard work, it WILL happen!

Here is my 39+ week belly and my tummy now. I did not have c-sections, but I did have 8 pounders as well so I have a bit of loose skin.

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WOW!! what an inspirational post all of you ladies who have accomplished this my hat off to you.
January 23, 2012 9:59 AM
Thank you for sharing the pictures ladies, you are inspirational!

I didn't have a section but I had 2 pretty big babies (9 & 6) years ago and it's just a mess. Thank you!
January 23, 2012 10:01 AM
curious to know what your actual weights were at beginning of weight loss rather than pregnancy weight ;)
January 23, 2012 10:04 AM
I am completely amazed! WOW!

I was already a big girl before i was pregnant. I weighed 195, i gained 45lbs. After my 7lb 10oz baby boy was born i ended up being 225. I am currently 192.4...I really hope someday i can have a pretty flat/toned tummy. Its gonna take alot of work for sure.

Thanks for this inspiration!
January 23, 2012 10:25 AM

curious to know what your actual weights were at beginning of weight loss rather than pregnancy weight ;)

I put it in my original post. After baby #2 my weight was 165.
January 23, 2012 10:33 AM
Wow! I ask myself everyday if I can ever have a nice stomach. I have three kids. No c-sections, heaviest baby was 7lbs 14oz, and I never gained over 24lbs with any of my pregnancies, but I do have a hideous belly. Its just fat. Lol. I hate it. You have given me hope that I CAN achieve a nice, (relatively) flat belly. This is definitely the motivation I so sorely needed! Thank you!
January 23, 2012 10:38 AM
love this post!! I had two babies 7lbs 13oz for both and 2 c-sections!!

38 weeks!
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here is my tummy now stretch marks and all but I have worked hard!!

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January 23, 2012 10:48 AM
So there is hope for me!! I had 2 c-sections. Younger one is 1.5 yrs old. I have the classic pooch as well as an upper tummy or gutt. Ugh. The poster that said she won't do planks in a gym..ME TOO!! I so understand what you're saying.
January 23, 2012 11:00 AM
January 23, 2012 11:00 AM
this thread is so inspiring and well as for exercise any suggestions ...
January 23, 2012 11:02 AM
How did you ladies do it? Lots of ab workouts or cardio? thanks - you all look wonderful!!
January 23, 2012 11:05 AM
I really hope there is hope for me! My tummy looks awful! and I've had so many people tell me it doesn't matter how much I lose there will always be a pouch, well, obviously they are wrong! b/c you girls look awesome! I know it depends on alot of different factors, but I'm sure going to give it my all! thanks for the inspiration!
January 23, 2012 11:43 AM
very jealous! I just don't have the right genes, my belly flap will never go away without surgery. I was 50lbs over weight when I got pregnant then packed on another 40ish. Also two c-sections. I've been in a 8 (now 6) for over a year and I'm 25% body fat. It's not budging. I would gladly take a pooch over a flap ;)
January 23, 2012 12:02 PM
Thank you for sharing this. It gives me hope after two c-sections.
January 23, 2012 12:38 PM

Yall look fantastic!

I have stretchmarks out the wazoo! I HATE them, they are the really deep wide ones, not the itty bitty ones :( Hopefully I can do something to get my belly to look like yall's! Great work!

I'm right there with ya ... I'm hopeful they'll lighten up a bit over time and maybe I can find some awesome tummy tightening fix. We'll get there eventually :)
January 23, 2012 12:51 PM
For those who asked, I was 169 pounds in the delivery room (I'm just shy of 5'4"), and at the start of my weight loss (baby was 3 months old) I was 140. I went down to 125 relatively easy, through breastfeeding and walking every day, but to get back to the body I wanted, I tracked every calorie (stayed strict at 1200-1500 per day during that time), ate as healthy and unprocessed as possible, and worked out 60 min / 5 days a week, mostly running, elliptical trainer, and workout DVDs. I went down to105 pounds that way, it took me 6 months from the time I started (baby was 12 months at that time), but then I added heavy strength training, gained 5 pounds but lost body fat, which is where I am now at 110 pounds. I've maintained and built muscle over the last 6+ years, I still workout 5 days a week but do a lot more heavy weight lifting and less cardio. I eat closer to 1800 -2000 calories per day now, depending on my workouts.

I highly recommend the book "The New Rules of Lifting for Women" if you want to start a workout program with weights but have no idea where to start. That book began my love for weight training 2 years ago.
Edited by kdiamond On January 23, 2012 12:53 PM
January 23, 2012 1:21 PM
I have hope for my tummy as far as the flap goes but you all look like there wasn't a stretch mark to your name (even at 38+ weeks pregnant) and for that I'm jealous! My mid section looks like a tiger tried to claw it's way out.
January 23, 2012 1:46 PM
Wow! You ladies look amazing...thanks for posting!!! I also gained close to 70-80lbs pregnant and was around 155lb to start with. I am 5'9". She is now 1 1/2 years and I still need to lose about 30lbs but hoping with exercise to have my tummy back!! I have a few stretch marks but they are more around those wonderful love handles :) I do cardio a lot but need to start some ab workouts!! Thanks again for posting, I want to print them out and keep them by the exercise ball! lol
January 23, 2012 1:47 PM
I love you for posting this (with pics) and for the others who posted as well. Seriously, LOVE you. I am only 5'2" and was always in shape. I loved working out pre-children and had crazy awesome abs (my fav body part). Gained 60lbs with my first baby, lost half, gained 30 with the next baby, lost half and then gained 25 with the third. First two were 9+lbs and last was 8 1/2 lbs so I had a huge tummy with each. Since I never fully lost the weight I always had the mommy tummy (I call it my udder, cuz I swear it looks like a cows udder when you bend over - ick). I was hoping beyond all hope that if I could lose the weight, that maybe just maybe my stomach would look somewhat normal. I did have c-sections with the last 2 babies so was worried that would ruin my chances of a normal stomach. But after seeing your pics (and c-section scar) I was smiling ear to ear. Because you CAN loose the tummy!!! My only remaining question is did the skin all go back too? I'm not sure HOW that can happen for me, but I am still hoping it can without surgery (though I am contemplating that if it's necessary, we'll see). Thank you again for giving me hope!
January 23, 2012 1:55 PM
That is fantastic. Just the motivation I need - thank you!
January 23, 2012 2:03 PM
Love to see this stuff. I have had 2 also, neither c-sections. I got down to 155 or so after each, and have gained tons back. I never did get rid of my mommy pooch but also didn't do much exercise to lose. My goal is to have a bikini body sometime this summer-even if I never wear one :)


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