Many new moms are eager to improve the size and shape of their stomachs. If you’re one of them, then you may be struggling to deal with changes to your belly — such as excess fat, stretched skin, and weakened abdominal muscles — that have overstayed their welcome after delivery.
Don’t get too discouraged. There are proven ways to treat your post-pregnancy concerns and achieve a waistline you love. Your options range from lifestyle changes to tummy tuck surgery.
Eat Well and Stay Hydrated
Taking care of your child can be so demanding that you forget to take care of yourself. However, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of giving your body what it needs. A diet consisting of more nourishing foods and less highly processed meals will build a good foundation for achieving your goals for your figure. Drinking plenty of water can also help boost your fat loss.
Embrace Postpartum Exercise
You may not feel like working out after going through the demands of pregnancy and labor. However, exercise has many benefits for postpartum women. It can boost energy, relieve stress, and promote better sleep. In terms of your tummy, exercise may also help you lose that extra weight.
Strengthen Your Muscles
Cardio exercises are a good way to ease back into physical activity. However, you’ll experience the most benefits from a well-rounded workout routine. For example, muscle-strengthening moves may be able to tone and stabilize your abdominal muscles. If you’re interested, try yoga, weight-lifting, sit-ups, and similar exercises several times a week on top of your aerobic work.
Consider a Tummy Tuck
It’s hard to know how your body will respond to your diet and fitness efforts. Some women are left with stretched and loose skin, while others have separated muscles or stubborn excess fat.
In these cases, a tummy tuck is often the quickest and most effective way to see real results. It can remove excess skin and fat while tightening the underlying muscles. Not only that, but it may also help with stretch marks, abdominal scars, lower back pain, and other similar concerns.
Ready to Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back?
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey has performed many tummy tuck procedures for satisfied patients. Schedule a consultation at 480-767-7700 to find out if it’s right for you. Our practice gladly welcomes patients from Scottsdale, Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, and nearby areas of Arizona.