Do you know what your core muscles do? Or even where they’re located? Your core muscles are found in your trunk and pelvis, according to the Mayo Clinic, and they are fundamental for balance, posture and protecting your back muscles from strain. When these muscles are weak, injured or separated, your whole body can suffer the consequences. Gaining washboard abs, or at least a trim midsection, requires movements that target your core muscles, but after you have a baby it’s a goal that’s sometimes tough to attain.
One of the reasons women gain a “pouch-like” abdominal area after pregnancy is because the abdominal muscles can separate. This separation can also occur via surgery if you have a C-section. Pregnancy.org says that your skin also stretches during pregnancy; if your skin is too elastic or if you put on a great deal of weight during pregnancy, your skin may not go back to its original tone. You might be left with a section of skin that sags downward. Diet and exercise are two key elements to regaining your figure; your doctor can recommend a regimen that can give you strength and potentially put you back on track.
Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
For some women, however, exercise and diet aren’t enough to recover a trim abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery is a viable option, especially if you’ve had one or more C-sections or have excessive amounts of skin post-pregnancy. During a tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon is able to repair separated muscles as well as remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. The result is that your core appears more toned, and your muscles can become stronger. A tummy tuck can make recovery from pregnancy a little easier.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Though you may be anxious to see your new abs and show them off, you will have to exercise patience during your recovery from tummy tuck surgery. Your incisions will need to remain clean covered to keep bacteria out, and your activity will be strictly limited until your incision has adequately healed. Listening to your doctor’s advice and following instructions is important; skipping steps can make recovery difficult. A tummy tuck is a major surgery, so complications can result if you’re not careful.