Perhaps you leave behind a trail of, ‘Is she pregnant again?’ whispers every time you walk past a group of people or you just can’t seem to get your jeans to button up. Here are answers on what to do with that stubborn ‘pot’
Mary Auma was the newest mum in town. She had delivered a baby girl a few minutes earlier. She was excited at the prospect of motherhood, and it showed on her face — she was smiling despite the many exhaustive hours of labour.
Hours later, after the baby had been wheeled away for her to get some rest, she got up to take a quick shower. She was horrified to find a floppy belly instead of the previously flat tummy she thought would be there.
That is the reality that dawns on a mother after a delivery. The tummy is still big and distended, this time with a squishy quality that is so not cute, stretchmarks streaking the belly and the big dark line (linea nigra) still present.
“The abdominal wall muscles get lax after carrying a pregnancy due to stretch, and that’s the reason your tummy appears the way it does. It carried a human being for nine months, and that required space,” says gynecologist Wanjiru Nduhiu.
And is it really possible to get your pre-baby body back?
“Yes it is, although it is important to note that even with careful exercise and diet regimens, there may be changes that are beyond our control.
For example, some women will notice a widening in their hips, while others may discover that they require surgery for severe abdominal separation.
It is important for women to embrace their post-baby bodies, even as they work towards getting back into shape,” says Nina Odongo, a fitness trainer.
Other experts agree that your belly, over time, will go back to its original state. It takes at least six to eight weeks for your uterus to go back to its original size and with proper diet and exercise, you will regain your form. Patience is however key.
So why is your belly still the same, years later? You may ask. Below are the reasons and what you can do about them.