Pregnancy Planning and Tummy Tuck Surgery

Most mothers have three big questions when it comes to having a tummy tuck and pregnancy: when is the right time to get a tummy tuck after giving birth, can I have more children after a tummy tuck, and are there any risks to my baby if I become pregnant after a tummy tuck? Let’s take a look at each of these questions one at a time.

When is the ideal time to get tummy tuck surgery?

The popularity of abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, has gone up significantly over the last ten years. New moms in particular are realizing that tummy tucks can help them get rid of the loose skin and pooches that are sometimes impossible to reduce after having a baby. Of course, if you plan to get pregnant again, that loose skin and pooch can definitely come back.

If you can plan it this way, it makes the most sense to have a tummy tuck after you have finished giving birth to all of your children. Once you’ve decided your family is complete, a good rule of thumb is to wait at least one year after your last birth before having a tummy tuck. This gives your body time to heal and return to its normal, pre-baby state.

If you’re still unhappy with your stomach on your child’s first birthday, it’s probably time to schedule your tummy tuck in Chicago. Remember, recovery from a tummy tuck can take up to two whole weeks, and you will probably have trouble caring for your children during that time. Make sure you have ample help and are no longer breastfeeding before scheduling your surgery.

Can I have more children after a tummy tuck?

The majority of doctors agree that it is safe to have a baby after having a tummy tuck. Unfortunately, your new pregnancy will likely undo the effects of your first tummy tuck, so you may need to get a second one down the line. If you fall into this type of situation, choosing a board certified plastic surgeon that is highly experienced, such as Dr. Niki Christopoulos, is a must.

Are there any risks to my baby if I become pregnant after a tummy tuck?

If you become unexpectedly pregnant or decide to have another child a few years after your tummy tuck, don’t worry. Your procedure shouldn’t have any negative effects on your pregnancy. If you’re concerned, talk to your OB/GYN and your plastic surgeon.

Dr. Christopoulos understands women’s bodies and the negative emotions women feel when their post pregnancy shape doesn’t look as they’d hoped. Even with dieting and exercise, women may be left with the infamous “pregnancy pooch”. Instead of continuing to struggle, women can contact Dr. Christopoulos to arrange a private consultation so they can discuss what may be achieved with tummy tuck surgery.