How Do I Get Rid of My Belly “Pooch” After Pregnancy?

Many women are anxious to get their pre-baby body back after pregnancy, but some individuals notice their abdomen continues to protrude and won’t seem to flatten completely. This common concern, often referred to as a “pooch,” is typically caused by a condition known as diastasis recti. As the abdomen stretches to accommodate the growing baby during pregnancy, the abdominal muscles are under a lot of pressure, which can cause them to separate.

In an effort to correct this problem, women often seek exercises as an at-home treatment for their diastasis recti. While this can help the muscles to heal, performing certain exercises incorrectly can actually make diastasis recti worse, and in many cases, exercise cannot completely resolve the condition. If you’re struggling with abdominal muscle separation after pregnancy, and can’t seem to achieve the flat stomach you desire, you may be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery.

Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck surgery is performed to remove excess skin and repair stretched abdominal muscles often caused by pregnancy. To learn if the tummy tuck procedure is right for you, please contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon.