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My stomach after three C-sections. [pic] kravenscookiejar 18 kids; Surprise, Arizona 20749 posts
10th May '12

THERE ARE PICTURES OF SCARS AND FAT. IF EITHER OF THOSE BOTHER YOU DON'T LOOK.



I shared before, just in the interest of showing ladies what it really looks like.



Okay, so here is my stomach after two C-sections. One vertical and one horizontal. This was uh... I think a year or so postpartum?



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And here is my stomach now, after a second vertical incision (so two vertical and one horizontal). This is taken today, 7 months postpartum. As you can see there is significantly more "sag" in the area, and I'm told I'd never be able to do anything to remove that. I am overweight, but even if I lose the weight those pudgy saggy bits will remain.



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I had complications during healing with each, they were reopened and packed in that bottom area, so that's why that part is so much wider and weird looking. The whole thing feels like rope, very thick and gross.

beauty.lies.within 3 kids; Hicksville, Ohio 2896 posts
10th May '12

Is there a reason that you had 2 vertical? and then 1 horizontal? Why not all 3 the same? jw. I had a c-section 7 months ago and then 2 years ago i had a uterine surgery (it was identical to a c-section just no baby) Both of mine were horizontal.

kravenscookiejar 18 kids; Surprise, Arizona 20749 posts
10th May '12
Quoting Mr & Mrs + 3:" Is there a reason that you had 2 vertical? and then 1 horizontal? Why not all 3 the same? jw. I had a ... [snip!] ... ago and then 2 years ago i had a uterine surgery (it was identical to a c-section just no baby) Both of mine were horizontal."


The horizontal was the first, that was my "normal" C, it was due to my daughter's condition, she'd not have survived a vaginal delivery.



The second two were vertical because they were both crash C-sections, the babies were in distress and they had to get them out as quickly as possible. I was put under and gutted like a fish. Haha

Leland makes Three =] TTC since Aug 2014; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Grand Rapids, MI, United States 2397 posts
10th May '12

I had a hoirazontal... and my skin sags over it... its gross... and I have been working out with no progress... grrr...

(*Melly*) 1 child; 2 angel babies; California 2305 posts
10th May '12

I had an emergency c-section because my baby was in distress and I wasn't put under and they did a horizontal bikini line incision.

(*Melly*) 1 child; 2 angel babies; California 2305 posts
10th May '12
Quoting kravenscookiejar:" The horizontal was the first, that was my "normal" C, it was due to my daughter's condition, she'd not ... [snip!] ... the babies were in distress and they had to get them out as quickly as possible. I was put under and gutted like a fish. Haha"


Did you have any issues during your pregnancies from having two different incisions?

beauty.lies.within 3 kids; Hicksville, Ohio 2896 posts
10th May '12
Quoting kravenscookiejar:" The horizontal was the first, that was my "normal" C, it was due to my daughter's condition, she'd not ... [snip!] ... the babies were in distress and they had to get them out as quickly as possible. I was put under and gutted like a fish. Haha"


:( I honestly wish more doctors took into consideration things like this! Both of my surgeries were technically "emergency" and i was put under for both! But both times i was taken care of very well and they treated my body like it was "heavenly"

Ravey Candyass 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Boston, Massachusetts 104951 posts
10th May '12

I had two emergency csections. Both horizontal.



But I've lost 85 lbs, and still have the overhang. I'm trying to tone right now, but i have a feeling I won't be able to do anything but surgery for it.

kravenscookiejar 18 kids; Surprise, Arizona 20749 posts
10th May '12
Quoting (*Melly*):" Did you have any issues during your pregnancies from having two different incisions?"


No. I was told that my chances of uterine rupture were increased, but I had my last at 32 weeks, so I don't think I ever really reached the danger zone with that sort of thing.



My life was also in danger, (my boys were in distress because of my own health issues) and with the amount of fat around my abdomen, I was told that a vertical incision was the quickest and safest way to get them delivered. There was no time to do a spinal or an epi, I went in because I was very sick and they ended up having to be delivered at 34 and 32 weeks, respectively.



I was rather shocked after I woke up from the first one that they did that incision, but when I woke up after the second I was like "eh, whatever". I was just DONE at that point.



Now I've had a tubal. No more of that for me. I'm interested to see how this scar will progress as the years go on.

user banned Logan, Utah 3594 posts
10th May '12
Quoting kravenscookiejar:" No. I was told that my chances of uterine rupture were increased, but I had my last at 32 weeks, so ... [snip!] ... point. Now I've had a tubal. No more of that for me. I'm interested to see how this scar will progress as the years go on."


Well atleast you and the babies are healthy and okay, I had a horizontal with my emergency and with this upcoming repeat theyre supposed to do a horizontal unless they run into too much scar tissue or any other problems, personally I don't care as long as they get the baby out alright, I never wore bikinis anyways.

kravenscookiejar 18 kids; Surprise, Arizona 20749 posts
10th May '12
Quoting Sylas&Effie'sMama:" Well atleast you and the babies are healthy and okay, I had a horizontal with my emergency and with ... [snip!] ... tissue or any other problems, personally I don't care as long as they get the baby out alright, I never wore bikinis anyways."


I certainly don't wear bikinis. LOL. I'm grossly overweight.



I wish they'd have been able to do the horizontal, though, because I had SO MANY complications with those vertical incisions. Not to scare you. I'm sure you'd be fine. I'm diabetic, it affects my healing process, and since those don't heal as well as the horizontal incisions anyway, it was a recipe for disaster.



My horizontal one got a slight infection, that was nothing, really. The second one, the first vertical, got infect and reopened near the bottom, and had to be cleaned and packed. It was fairly painful. The last developed a seratoma (sp?) and had to be reopened and have a wound vac put on (three more days in the hospital YAY... not.) and then be packed and have the dressing changed twice/day, plus home health twice/week to monitor it. THAT one was quite painful and uber disgusting. And now I have abdominal adhesions.



I'm just glad to be done with the whole mess.



And on the vain side of things, I'm kind of bummed that even if I work hard and lose all the weight that I want to loose, I will still have gross belly flaps.

user banned Logan, Utah 3594 posts
10th May '12
Quoting kravenscookiejar:" I certainly don't wear bikinis. LOL. I'm grossly overweight. I wish they'd have been able to do the ... [snip!] ... I'm kind of bummed that even if I work hard and lose all the weight that I want to loose, I will still have gross belly flaps."


even if you didn't have verticals theres still a huge chance you would have belly flaps, I was 120 when I got pregnant with my first, delivered at 200, lost all the weight but 20lbs, was 140 for the next three years and had the same belly I've alwasy had through life (was always 140, just happened to get pregnant at the skinniest point in mylife) and I still had a belly flap and my stomach like pinched up in the middle of the flap if that makes sense, and anytime i gain weight I carry the weight differently because of my c-section, this time I got pregnant at 160 and I'm not even full term yet and I'm 213 and from the start I have had a pouch of fat that dangles off the bottom of my pregnancy belly, only the top half of my belly is fully round, I'm sure after this baby I'll have an even worse belly flap....ooh well though.

My moms friend was 300 something and lost 170 pounds and she never had a csection and she had horrible saggy stomach from excess skin, no matter how hard she worked out and tried to tone it out it wouldnt go away it just dangled from her stomach and her doctor said no amount of working out would get rid of it that she would have to get it surgically removed and it was because she gained so much wegiht, no mtter how fast or slow she lost it she still will have to get the excess cut off, he said to think of your skin as a rubber band, you can can only tretch it so many times and so far before it stays stretched out and loses it form.

meyanson 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Washington 16241 posts
10th May '12

I'm overweight and have had two horizontal c-sections. My belly never hung before and now it's ridiculous how bad it is. I lost most of my baby weight with the first,(gained back some for certain reasons) and now I've lost all of the weight I gained with my second. I hate the way my stomach hangs. I could deal with the way it ripples now, but the super huge flap is what drives me insane. I couldn't imagine having a vertical though, I'm sorry you had to go through that.