What’s the best way to get rid of my pregnancy fat?

After my 3rd and final child 2 years ago, I can’t seem to get rid of the extra weight in my midsection. I eat right and do plenty of exercise, so it’s very frustrating. Is a tummy tuck the best option for someone in my situation, or are there better ways to help get rid of my pregnancy fat?


F, 36, California

Hi IYolande:

The best way to get rid of extra post partum fat is to not gain it in the first place.  There is no reason to gain more that 20-25 pounds during pregnancy and that will come off rapidly after delivery.  Breast feeding helps.  Other than that, the only options may be aggressive liposculpture and/or a tummy tuck with tightening of the the fascia (fascial plication).  Again, by far the best way is to not gain the weight in the first place, by eating smart and exercising regularly.

Dr. Ken Stein

Yes, if you are like most women after pregnancy, tummy tuck is the best way to get back to your pre-baby body.  For some women, the procedure can be modified depending on where the extra fat is,  and the addition of liposuction can help with that. If you are done having children, then you’re ready for the next step  You should meet with a PS to discuss your options and get a better idea of the expectations.  Best of luck!

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For most patients who have had multiple children, the abdominal complaints include excess fat and loose skin, as well as laxity of the muscle layers. For treatment of all of these in a single procedure, a tummy tuck is best. We like to call our procedure the "Timmy Tuck" and it includes lifting the area of the mons pubis, tightening the muscles, removing extra skin, and performing lipo of the love handles. 

Lipo alone can remove extra fat but if your skin is already loose and/or has significant stretch marks, a tummy tuck is the best option.

Of course, neither lipo nor tummy tuck is done for the purposes of weight loss, but they are both effective ways to improve contouring from fat bulging.

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We use Crisalix software that can simulate the effects of certain procedures on the body, which we find helpful. Also check out our website and RealSelf for our before and after images of tummy tucks.

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