Need advice on Post Baby Body?

Question by Sophia’s Mommy: Need advice on Post Baby Body?
I just took a shower and my belly is STILL jiggly after 4 months. It’s all lumpy and full of dark stretch marks…
And my hair is falling out in Clumps. I am so depressed now. I feel so unattractive.

How do I get back some sort of normal belly?

Best answer:

Answer by Chianti
do you know what baby blues are? talk to your dr about it and get on antidepressants. everything will get better.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

7 Comments

  1. Nancy

    It took you 9 months to get your body to were it was, give yourself AT LEAST 9 months to get it back…. Your hair falls out because or hormonal changes. It didn’t fall out at all when you were pregnant so now it is like making up lost time.

    Don’t worry too much about your looks right now….you have a wonderful baby that loves you no matter what. Just hang in there. Soon your baby will be crawling around and you will get a ton of exercise from chasing them around…. Hang in there! I know it can seem depressing, but hopefully you think your baby was worth the effort and it will all come back in time.. Your body went through a major transformation and it needs time to recover. Don’t push it, just relax, enjoy your little one and be as healthy as you can while slowly working back to your ‘other’ body.

  2. JaciB

    ((Hugs)) It just takes time. The jiggly belly doesn’t go away for a good year, and that takes some diet and exercise discipline to really hammer it. Same with stretch marks. You could get the Medala belly support belt to help pull your stomach in (it won’t fit if you have really big hips compared to your waist), but you should mostly focus on strengthening your abs and back (the core) up, that will really help.

  3. ~Southern Delight~

    First, my hair started falling out after having my son around the same time (lasted until about 6 months postpartum). Continue taking your prenatal vitamins, drinking plenty of water and eating a proper diet. Avoid tight pony tails as it could pull more hair out. My experience. This is do to your hormones plus if you had an epidural. It will stop, I promise!
    To achieve a “normal” belly you will have to work that area. There are many varieties of ab routines that will help the flabbiness. If you are still carrying a few extra pounds since having your baby loosing that will help tighten that area as well. I’m in the process of loosing the extra weight (my son is 16 months old!!!! Have lost 15.5 lbs since the first of the year – 2 1/2 months or so). I figured out how many calories my body needed to maintain my weight, then figured out how many I needed to loose weight. I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in that area of my body. Showed it off to my husband “Look, its not so flabby anymore!” :D
    Its is normal to feel unattractive after all we’ve been through, our bodies just went through huge transformations. Find what makes you feel better. I like my toenails painted and applying mascara and blush (I’m a stay at home mom who has fallen into a hobo routine I think)
    Best of luck!

  4. Kelzy c

    crunches , coco butter for stretch marks , walk alot maybe even jog some and leg lifts that will tighten up your stomach.. u should of already been exercising I am about to be 1 month in and I can’t exercise due to having a c section and having it cut bak open but soon as my doc gives me the say so im going at it.. PLUS Honey…. dont let your stomach get you depressed its only one part of your body and u can find plenty of clothes to hide it… and if anyone is close enough to see your stomach with out clothes then they should accept it anyways you just had a baby if anything tell them to fuck off… don’t get depressed about ur looks jus kno u look good and if someone else thinks differently they don’t have to look at you.. never stress over stuff like that its not healthy…………..and also talk to your doc about that depression it could be a hormone in-balance see if they can put you on some medication…u had a baby ur hormones are still outta wack

  5. Cadence Jade's Mommy

    Gotta love the jiggle belly! My daughter is a few weeks older then yours and I’m still sporting the jiggles. I find it harder to get into shape right now with the crappy weather. Once it gets nice out and I can head out for walks and to the park things will be better. And once late spring/ early summer hits with all the fresh fruits and veggies eating healthy is so much easier. Give yourself a break hun….it tooks you 9 months of carrying that little girl to get that belly so it can take 9 months or longer to get rid of it. As for your hair…mine is the same. Its the hormones. I am also dealing with clearing up acne that crept up on my while pregnant and has not wanted to go away. So I feel you on the unattractiveness but it will get better. Enjoy your daughter for now and look forward to the summer days ahead of walks and swimming and yummy healthy foods. And picking out a new spring wardrobe that makes you feel better about yourself. Good luck!

  6. Sienna

    Start trying to do some exercise. If you can’t go to the gym, go for some walks around your area. I think pilates and yoga are great. Also watch what you’re eating. Try to cut out a lot of the dairy products and cut down on the carbs. Nothing much you can do about the stretch marks. But try not to worry too much about your body and ignore all of the celebrities getting perfect bodies back within months by ‘diet and exercise’. A lot of women’s bodies never go back to the way the were before they had children and that is okay. Your body created and carried a child into this world. You are not the same person before you had your baby, so why should your body be the same? Don’t fight the change, embrace it.

  7. Steve

    There are creams out there that can help get rid of your stretch marks, but you need to find the right one.

    I found this on the site I put in the source box below:

    Things to look for in a stretch mark cream

    There are a lot of creams and ointments out there that claim to remove stretch marks. The best way to fight stretch marks is to increase your skins flexibility before your stretch marks start appearing by using a topical cream on the area before the skin starts to show stretch marks. If you already have stretch marks, hope is not lost. There are creams out there that contain ingredients that help heal the skin while minimizing scar tissue.

    Some of the key ingredients that you will want to make sure your cream contains are:

    Vitamin A Palmitate

    Vitamin A is an essential vitamin and is best known for having positive effects on vision. However Vitamin A is just as important to the largest organ; the skin.

    Clinical studies have shown vitamin A to have properties that block the absorption of harmful UVA and UVB rays, as well as a stimulating effect on cell regeneration. It has been clinically shown to improve the appearance of striae (stretch marks) and regulate epidermal (skin) cell growth.

    Aloe Vera Extract

    Aloe vera has been shown in clinical studies to have a positive effect on wound healing and holds anti-inflammatory properties.

    As stretch marks start out as microscopic tears in skin layers due to overstretching of the dermis, aloe vera helps heal these small wounds without causing scar tissue to form, effectively preventing the appearance of stretch marks. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Indians and Chinese to decrease the appearance of scars and to moisturize and heal skin.

    This extract from the aloe leaf protects skin from environmental factors and promotes skin regeneration.

    Grapefruit Seed Extract

    Grapefruit seed extract is a natural antibiotic used for many different types of skin ailments. It is a powerful ingredient to aid in the healing of skin damage. Grapefruit seed extract helps to restore damaged collagen and elastin, which strengthens and retextures the skin.

    As collagen and elastin are responsible for the skins elasticity, improving and stimulating production of the connective tissue cells will prevent skin from tearing and thus prevent the formation of stretch marks. The condition of the skins connective tissue also dictates how well the skin contracts after pregnancy. So not only does this compound improve the condition of your stretching skin, after the delivery it will also aid in the contraction of your skin to its previous appearance.

    DL-Penthenol

    DL-Penthenol is the scientific name for pro-vitamin B5. It has healing properties on damaged skin as it works to improve the structure of both the lower and upper skin layers. DL-Panthenol soothes skin while stimulating cell growth and differentiation.

    This ingredient aids in the regeneration of the skin, therefore aiding in reducing the appearance of existing stretch marks by replacing the scar tissue with new skin cells. It also acts to prevent stretch marks by promoting collagen and elastin production, which allows your skin to stretch without rupturing and causing stretch marks.

    A cream that has shown to be highly effective at preventing stretch marks as well as healing strecth makrs that you already have is Stretch Mark Prevention by Revitol.

    Whether you are afraid that stretch marks may be in your future of if they are already a part of your life, the Stretch Mark Prevention cream is the product you will want on your side!

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