Becoming pregnant and bringing a new life into the world can be a beautiful and life-changing experience for a woman. It is a blessing for a family and offers many joyful, exciting moments, as well as lifestyle adjustments.
Of course, it’s not always possible to plan all pregnancies. After you gave birth to your last child, believing you had completed your family, you had a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty. And now, you might find yourself wondering how having this procedure might affect not only the pregnancy itself or the delivery of your new baby, but also the results of your surgery.
Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck Surgery
Your and your baby’s health and safety following a tummy tuck surgery should not be a concern during your pregnancy. While it is essential early on to let your OB-GYN know about your abdominoplasty and to inform Dr. Anous that you are pregnant, you should be able to go ahead and enjoy the experience of preparing for the exciting arrival of your new baby.
Pregnancy and childbirth after a tummy tuck are safe for both you and your baby. Your little one will have plenty of room to grow and thrive, and the best way to preserve the results of your procedure will be to avoid gaining too much weight during the pregnancy.
Having had an abdominoplasty, your abdominal wall and tissue will still stretch as usual to accommodate the new baby. You might even notice that your belly doesn’t stretch out as much as before, or that your baby bump isn’t as prominent as it was during your previous pregnancy. Your family and friends will notice and be sure to let you know!
If you have any concerns about a healthy pregnancy following a tummy tuck, contact Dr. Maher Anous in Beverly Hills, CA, and schedule a consultation.
What Will Happen to My Tummy Tuck Results?
As Dr. Anous will confirm, most of his patients who became pregnant after their abdominoplasty continue to appreciate the results of their surgery after the birth of their baby. You might even notice that you look better than the last time you were pregnant as a result of your tummy tuck.
Having had a tummy tuck and, providing you don’t put on too much weight during the pregnancy, your midline connective tissue shouldn’t stretch too much. With the strong scar tissue holding the muscles together from the previous abdominoplasty, the abdominal muscles still can stretch outward, allowing the baby to grow. Another benefit of this strong scar tissue is that, after birth, it can retract again without causing the same gap between your abdominal muscles as before.
If you have any excess abdominal skin due to pregnancy stretch, it might be necessary to remove and tighten up unwanted skin if your midline gap has not overstretched.
Will a C-Section Affect My Tummy Tuck?
There is a chance you might need a cesarean section to safely deliver your baby. The chief concern involved in having a C-section after a tummy tuck is the scar tissue your OB-GYN might encounter. However, rest assured that having a C-section after abdominoplasty isn’t much different from having a repeat C-section. Your OB-GYN will still be working with scar tissue from the previous procedure, be it from an earlier C-section or an abdominoplasty. Nevertheless, you should always inform your OB-GYN that you have already had abdominoplasty surgery, as sometimes the scar may not be noticeable.
Keep in mind that that sometimes, your OB-GYN might not be able to close your new cesarean section incision with the skill of a plastic surgeon, and this might affect the appearance of the scar. Consulting with both your OB-GYN and Dr. Anous in advance can prepare all parties for this possibility.
Get Ready for Your Big Day!
As a mom, self-care can often feel like a luxury, but by putting yourself first, you’ll find you have more to give. You can look forward to the arrival of this baby just as you did the last!
To learn more about how to best prepare for the birth of a new child or to discuss your post-pregnancy tummy tuck, contact Dr. Maher Anous in Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule a private appointment. As an innovator in abdominoplasty techniques, Dr. Anous will be happy to work with you on your surgical plan.