If you’re interested in a tummy tuck and think you may want to get pregnant in the future, you probably have a lot of questions. There are many preconceptions out there about how pregnancies affect tummy tucks, so let’s separate fact from fiction.
1. You Can’t Get Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure and in no way affects your ability to become pregnant. With that said, plastic surgeons typically advise women to wait until they’re done having children before scheduling an abdominoplasty. While some women find that their stomach remains flat and firm after having more children, a revision tummy tuck may be needed after another pregnancy.
2. A Tummy Tuck Increases the Potential for Risks during Pregnancy
There is no evidence that a tummy tuck will present any danger for you or your baby during future pregnancies. After having a tummy tuck, many women report their baby is carried a bit higher in the abdomen due to tighter abdominal muscles. However, this shouldn’t create any risks or complications.
3. You Can Combine a Tummy Tuck and a C-Section
It is very understandable that a woman would want to have her tummy tightened up immediately after delivering via C-section, but it’s not a good idea to combine those procedures. On its own, a C-section is a serious surgery that will require time for healing and recovery before considering any cosmetic improvement. Your plastic surgeon needs to evaluate your body after you’ve healed from your C-section in order to determine the best approach to take for body contouring. Be patient and give yourself time to recover from your pregnancy and delivery before seeking out a plastic surgeon to reclaim your pre-pregnancy curves.