So you’re thinking about having a tummy tuck while breastfeeding. Congrats! It’s a big decision, and you’re not alone.
In the last year alone, over 500 women in the US had a tummy tuck while breastfeeding. And that’s just counting the ones who reported it on social media. The actual number is probably higher because some women who had the surgery don’t talk about it online.
The good news is that there are plenty of resources out there to help you make an informed decision—and we’re going to be one of them! We’ll give you all the facts about what it’s like to have this procedure while breastfeeding, so you can make an informed decision about whether or not it’s right for your body type and lifestyle.
I’m going to be honest with you: it’s not easy to get a tummy tuck while you’re breastfeeding. I know, I know—you thought it would be simple enough, right? You just wanted to look good for the next six months, and then you could worry about your body again after your baby was born.
Well, that’s not how it works (at least not for most people). If you want a tummy tuck while breastfeeding, you need to make sure your doctor is an expert in this area. They should have plenty of experience performing tummy tucks on women who are lactating. And they should be able to answer any questions you have about how their procedure will affect your milk supply or how long it will take for your body—and your milk supply—to recover from the surgery.
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Life does not always go according to plan. It is important not to worry about your or your baby’s health if you have previously had a tummy tuck then get pregnant. Pregnancy and childbirth after a tummy tuck procedure are safe for both you and your baby. Your baby will have plenty of room to grow and thrive.
That said, general recommendations are to wait until after you are finished having children before having a tummy tuck because a subsequent pregnancy can re-stretch the abdominal walls and skin, increasing the possibility of needing a follow-up procedure to restore the toned look you desire.
Everyone’s body is unique and responds differently. In most cases, women who become pregnant after a tummy tuck continue to enjoy the results of their surgery after their baby is born. Some women require a minor touch up, called a “mini tummy tuck” which is much less involved than a traditional tummy tuck, with a faster recovery time. Should you go through pregnancy after a tummy tuck, the best way to preserve your procedure results is to avoid gaining large amounts of weight during the pregnancy.
What You Need To Know About Tummy Tucks Before & After Pregnancy
Pregnancy is one of the most defining times in the lives of both expecting parents. Amidst the excitement of picking out names and clothes and nursery furniture, it is natural to experience a moderate amount of stress. You worry about eating right, staying healthy, maintaining a safe exercise routine, and whether or not you will be the parent you hope to be.
Many women are also concerned about how their bodies will change, especially how their tummy may look after being stretched to accommodate a growing baby. After carrying a baby for nine months, changes to your body are inevitable. The skin around your stomach may stretch and loosen and abdominal muscles may separate and weaken.
While diet and exercise alone may help reduce fat in the midsection, no amount of sit-ups, crunches, or planking will eliminate excess skin or repair separated abdominal muscles. Fortunately, getting a tummy tuck after pregnancy will help achieve the tight and toned midsection you desire. This is why so many new mothers choose to get a tummy tuck or mommy makeover after having a baby.
On the other hand, for women who received a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty before they got pregnant, their concern is usually that their results will be completely undone by their pregnancy. No matter which scenario you are in, we’re here to answer your questions about getting a tummy tuck before and after pregnancy.
Getting A Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy
First of all, congratulations on your bundle of joy. If amidst the sleep deprivation and happiness you are considering a tummy tuck, consider these important factors first.
- How soon can you get a tummy tuck after pregnancy? The answer is your body needs recovery first. Immediately after pregnancy, your body is performing an invisible magic dance to restore the uterus to its normal size and location, produce milk to feed the baby and restore its usual hormonal cycles. You should allow yourself the time to completely recover from pregnancy and lose any extra weight you may have gained. Since vigorous exercise is not recommended immediately after giving birth, you may need to ease back into your exercise routine.
- You can’t undergo anesthesia and take medications while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding keeps your hormone levels higher than normal and your body will not completely return to its normal function until after you have stopped nursing. Because of this, you will have to wait until you’re done breastfeeding to get a tummy tuck procedure.
A tummy tuck is a surgery that requires its own recovery time, and you want to ensure that your body is as strong and healthy as possible for optimum results. The general consensus in the medical community is that a woman should wait a minimum of three months after having a baby before having a tummy tuck procedure.
So let’s talk about tummy tucks while breastfeeding.