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Unread 07-25-2003, 07:20 AM
stomach poochy

I had hysterectomy 5 weeks ago, and 2 c-sections 20some years ago, and I have a terrible stomach pouch hanging over the scar, and I am really not heavy, (150 lb.) but I was wondering if anyone had this and if they got rid of it with exercise, or is this impossible?
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Unread 07-25-2003, 07:33 AM
stomach poochy


I think what you're referring to is what we call "swelly belly" around here. Here's a link to a thread that can tell you what swelly belly is, what it isn't, and how to get rid of it:


Unread 07-25-2003, 07:02 PM
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Thanks you so much for bringing this up! I ,was beginning to feel like I had a spell cast on the middle of my body--it's almost cartoonish. I'm sure you read the thread on "swellybelly" and received some comfort, as I did. I just wanted to say that I think there's 2 kinds of swells: the hard, puffiness around your scar (which for me,went down after about 2 months) and also the general bloated feeling--that the other sisters are describing as looking pregnant. This is the stuff they say takes 6-12 MONTHS to abate....sigh. I had my surgery 6 months ago, and only weigh 115 and wear a 4, but I also have this ridiculous, out-of-proportion spare tire that I never had before. My sense is that it's a combination of not being as active (still can't do aerobics or bike but will very soon) and maybe the hormones?? (I have my ovaries but am starting to have hot flashes.) But the biggest thing of all is that there is deep scar tissue, and probably still fluid building up from organs "resettling." It's good to know it's natural, and seems to go down in time, albiet a LOT of time. I personally am trying to deal with it with lots of yoga, which not only helps you tone up by gently engaging your abs in whatever you do, but also teaches self-compassion. I wish I could do more exercise but still feel it when I jump, so my tummy-trimming bellydance class is out....I also feel better when I tone my arms and legs with weights so that I at least can stay athletic everywhere else until this central blimp where can a 30-something babe get one of those old lady bathing suits???
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Unread 07-25-2003, 07:13 PM
stomach poochy

My surgery was 6 weeks ago and I have swelly belly big time. I'm just starting back in the gym but I was told to avoid sit-ups a for couple of more months so I'm going to continue to look pregnant even though I've lost 14 pounds since the week before the surgery. I have some strain and discomfort from time to time, but when I hold my swelly belly up, I feel fine. It's like it needs a sling...LOL
Unread 07-25-2003, 07:28 PM
stomach poochy

Actually, Nelissa, some docs recommend a padded, elastic "wrap" that goes around your whole abdomen. You can get it from a medical supply store if your doctor doesn't prescribe them. I wore mine for a good 3 months after surgery to alleviate that "strained" feeling, especially during and after exercise. It also helps flatten out scar tissue, some say. I still put it on occasionally after 6 months when I feel strained in that region. Oh, but don't put it on too tight or you might pop!

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