Tummy Tucks and Pregnancy

Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck Photo - Tallahassee Plastic Surgery ClinicA tummy tuck is a great way to reshape your abdomen and banish unwanted fat that you can’t eliminate through diet and exercise. This cosmetic surgery procedure leaves patients with flatter stomachs and tighter abdominal muscles. If you’re a woman thinking of having this procedure, you might be wondering how pregnancy will affect the results of your tummy tuck. Perhaps you’re worried that the effects of the tummy tuck will hurt your developing fetus. You may also be concerned that getting pregnant will undo the plastic surgeon’s work and you will have to start from square one after you give birth.

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about the health of your baby. Getting pregnant after a tummy tuck is totally safe for the fetus. A fetus generally makes his or her own space inside the abdomen, meaning that it won’t be constricted or flattened if a woman has had this procedure done. Therefore, if you get pregnant after having a tummy tuck, your baby will be fine. You may, however, need to undergo the procedure again after you give birth.

Plastic surgeons perform tummy tucks by reshaping and flattening the skin covering the patient’s abdominal muscles to give the patient a flatter stomach. Pregnancy can undo or diminish the tummy tuck and cause a woman’s skin and abdominal muscles to stretch out once again. You may end up close to where you started by the time you are ready to deliver your baby.

For this reason, it is inadvisable for women who are planning to become pregnant in the near future to have a tummy tuck. Women should wait until they are “done” having kids before they undergo this procedure. If you unexpectedly get pregnant after having this procedure done, you should work to avoid excessive weight gain during your pregnancy. This will increase the chances that the tummy tuck stays intact until you give birth.

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