Is it really possible to lose that little baby pouch after having two kids? I've lost all my pregnancy weight plus some and really I'm in pretty good shape. But that little bit of extra skin just doesn't seem to be going away and its frustrating me. I know I should be happy that I'm skinny again but its hard to let this go. I eat healthy and workout out consistenly. Its been almost a year since I had my last child. Do you think its just something I will have to deal with from now on?
Talk to a doctor
Some find it easy to lose, others impossible. It's more normal than you may think. Try your best to be healthy but don't hold yourself up to unrealistic standards of beauty (easier said than done,I know)
A big problem is that in the media which saturates us with millions of images of women's bodies, we almost NEVER see the ones with stretch marks or extra skin or that cute poochy mom belly. So all these perfectly normal, healthy, beautiful moms out there are comparing themselves to magazine success story moms, or worse, straight up lingerie models, and feeling like ugly freaks.
Go for health and body acceptance. Search for some natural real mom pictures, i've seem a few articles lately about the small but growing movement to help expose and normalize actual normal bodies.
You can, but..... genetics play a big role too. What do the other women in your family look like post children?
I've had three kids (youngest is almost two) and while I've been back to pre pregnancy weight for over a year, I do still have some skin, but it's mostly just noticable to me when i sit down.
Three main things to get rid of it;
1. Build the muscle underneath and lots of oblique crunches.
2. Get a good scrub and exfoliate daily. I use a ginger scrub from Origins, but I've also had success with other things like coffee grounds (I read something about the caffeine...)
3. Use a collegin cream daily. This will help tighten the skin. I found one that works great for only $3 at Wal-Mart. It's called Fruit of the Earth, Vitamin E skin care creme.
Give yourself time and try not too worry too much. I do think we see a lot more ugliness in ourselves than other people see in us.
To all those who have pouches, go to a doctor. That is not normal. Kangaroos should have pouches. Humans should not, however handy they are for carrying spare change, cell phone, or lip balm. Maybe you are the unwitting victim of a genetic experiment.