Pregnancy AFTER a Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy isn’t always planned. But we understand that life can be unpredictable. So, whether you’ve had a tummy tuck at my Columbia, MO, practice, or with another tummy tuck surgeon, getting pregnant after the procedure is not an ideal situation for several reasons. But if it does happen, educating yourself and communicating with your physician is very important before deciding on your next steps.

In this blog post, I will address the common concerns that some of my patients have before, during, and after post-tummy tuck pregnancies.

Timing

Even though it is possible to have children after a tummy tuck, it is especially important to wait until you are fully recovered from your procedure. I advise taking extra precautions during the first year after your surgery. It often takes months for swelling to completely go away after a tummy tuck. Pregnancy can have adverse effects on your recovery and compromise your results.

Complications

All pregnancies have some potential for complications for many different reasons. Your OB-GYN can best advise you on any concerns you may have about potential pregnancy complications. However, when it comes to your tummy tuck, in almost all cases you should be able to go through pregnancy without complications and give birth to a healthy baby.

Because a tummy tuck usually involves tightening abdominal muscles, you may experience a tight or pulling sensation as your belly grows. This may feel slightly uncomfortable, but it is not dangerous. You may also notice that your baby bump doesn’t protrude as far as you expect, but your child should still have plenty of room.

If you are planning on having a C-section, the main concern centers around scar tissue. However, the same issues arise when you have repeat C-sections, so your OB-GYN will most likely have dealt with a similar situation before. Make sure to tell your doctor that you’ve already had a tummy tuck so he or she is fully informed about the situation.

Lasting Results After Pregnancy

Many patients who become pregnant after abdominoplasty continue to enjoy the results of their surgery even after the baby’s birth. Even though the pregnancy can alter some of the results, most patients do not feel the need for a revision surgery. Controlling your weight gain during pregnancy can help preserve the results of your surgery. If you do opt for a revision abdominoplasty, you should wait until you are done breastfeeding and are at a stable weight.

If you have any other concerns about your pregnancy and tummy tuck, it is best to contact your OBGYN. If you are considering getting a tummy tuck, check out our previous blog post “Thinking About a Tummy Tuck? Consider the Timing” for more information about the best times to undergo the procedure.

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John J. Seaberg, MD, FACS