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Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks! Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

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Unread 03-06-2008, 03:39 PM
Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

Remembering all the threads I read and joined pre-and-post-op about our swollen bellies, some of which we called "the shelf" -- and would they ever shrink, I don't recall seeing much talk about it lately.

So, I'm happy to report that the swelly belly I was sure would never go away has vanished significantly -- which I've just noticed today when I faced my mirror nakedly and sideways.

I attribute this mostly to not overdoing it and eating well, but I can't say it has anything to do -- for me -- with exercise, which I am about to start again (yoga)......

I hope this is good and encouraging news for any of you recent post-op sisters (or pre-op searchers).

I look forward to other shelving and/or swelling reports.

Hugs to all,

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Unread 03-06-2008, 04:52 PM
Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

Thanks for the encouraging words, Siri! I'm glad to read that someone is feeling good about their belly! My surgery was one week before yours and I'm afraid my swelly belly has not gone down at all yet. I did notice that the more active I am, the bigger the belly gets... so it will be interesting to hear how yours does after you've started excersizing again.

Please keep us posted! Glad to hear you're feeling good!
Unread 03-06-2008, 05:24 PM
Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

You made my whole night! Just the thought that the shelf MIGHT go is so encouraging!!!

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Unread 03-06-2008, 07:01 PM
Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

Here's hoping all the swelly bellies are gone in 12 weeks...
Unread 03-07-2008, 07:27 AM
Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

I'm at nine weeks and I do see slow progress already also... I have more swelling on one side though and asked my Doc about it. He said my inside disolveable stiches are very slipppery thread and he ties about 7 or so knots, and your white blood cells flood in there to dissolve them and attack this foreign body. He assures me as I heal, and they dissolve my pooch will all lay back down nicely. Keep moisturizing too--- it helps keep the skin stay elastic so it will retract too! My energy is returning too-- Spring is coming! Snowy cold days make it hard to walk and get motivated to move at all.
TAH/BSO Jan10,08 Endo/Aden/Cysts
Unread 03-07-2008, 07:56 AM
Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

Thank you so much for posting the encouraging news. I'm only 2 weeks out but the thought of this lovely swelly belly staying forever is scary.
I hadn't thought of calling it a shelf, but that makes total sense. I've been calling it the "cliff" ROFL
Unread 03-07-2008, 08:16 AM
Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

I also am happy to read this..although my swelly belly has gone down significantly since the surgery two weeks ago, its the saggy shelf I detest..

I wonder why they just dont' cut some extra skin off? LOL
Unread 03-07-2008, 02:20 PM
Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

Dans_Wife, I am with you!!!The least they could do is help us out with a mini tummy tuck!!!! Only fair!!!!
Unread 03-07-2008, 02:57 PM
Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

You are all so hilarious. I LOVE YOU!!! It's raining here like crazy...and I have a writing project I have to turn in within the next 3 hours, and here I am checking up on the sister site. Me crazy? Yup.

In the spirit of honesty, I do have to share that I didn't mean I have a COMPLETELY flat belly. There's still some little-bit puffy something going on, but I promise you: the sideways dimension is gone!

I can almost imagine wearing a 2-piece suit this summer....whereas with my fibroids and sadly-looking-pregnant-but-not enormous belly of these past few years, I've been the tankini poster child (not)....

I'm so glad many of you are letting in the encouragement. Cause it's for real. And trust me, I'd never have thunk it was going to happen to me when I read those glowing optimistic reports of rapid belly flattening -- during my first 6 weeks, especially.

So, ladies and sisters all, let's keep each other posted about our shelves, puffs, sags, and all-around loveliness.

Hugging all bellies, big and small,

Unread 03-07-2008, 03:58 PM
Bye-bye swelly-belly-shelf @ 12 weeks!

Nice to hear that the shelf can actually disappear. I'm almost 10 weeks and even though I still have the "belly" I just feel so much lighter!! ;-) Looking forward to it shrinking and I love the idea about including a tummy tuck in the operation!! LOL


Nadine TAH/BSO , fibroids, severe endo, 3 cysts.

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