Can You Get Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck?

Can You Get Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck?

To get straight to the point, yes — women can have a baby after a tummy tuck. 🤰

Tummy tucks don’t work to stop the natural stretching of your abdomen.

But they do improve tightness to the midsection, remove loose sagging skin, and repair muscles where needed.

But, will my body be the same afterward??

We hear you.

There are a few things to consider before thinking about getting pregnant after having this major procedure.

We’re here to walk you through these in detail, making sure you’re as prepared as you can be for the next step in your fertility journey.

In this article: 📝

  • Does a tummy tuck affect fertility?
  • Risks of having a pregnancy after a tummy tuck
  • What happens to a tummy tuck after pregnancy?
  • What about pregnancy after liposuction — is that possible?

Does a tummy tuck affect fertility?

So, the good news — nope, a tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty) doesn’t affect your ability to get pregnant.

It’s perfectly safe for mother and baby during a pregnancy, and having had a tummy tuck shouldn’t make it any more difficult, either.

But generally, doctors would recommend you don’t have a tummy tuck until you’ve finished having children.

This is because your body may change after you’ve had your baby, so you may need to consider the possibility that it may not spring back into place after you’ve given birth.

Of course, you may have had a tummy tuck for medical reasons, too — for example, if you’ve recently lost a lot of weight.

This decision could have had nothing to do with children, and was made way before babies were even on your mind (oh, what a different life… 🤯).

If this is the case, the good news is that an abdominoplasty won’t affect your fertility.

But you may just have to be mindful that your stomach may not look exactly the same after your pregnancy.

And, for those not trying for a baby, we know that life can be unexpected sometimes. 🙃

So if you don’t want any more children, and want to keep that neat tummy intact, be conscious to use protection, or make sure you’re on some form of birth control.

How soon after a tummy tuck can you get pregnant?

Well, it looks like the jury is still out on this one. 👩‍⚖️

As most doctors recommend waiting until you’ve finished having children to have a tummy tuck, there’s not a lot of information around on when you can get pregnant after one.

Some say up to a year afterward, while others say at least 6-12 months.

Yet, this study shows how a woman get pregnant a month after a tummy tuck, and delivered a healthy baby at 38 weeks, with an uneventful pregnancy! 🤯

(We wouldn’t recommend this though, as your body may not have had time to heal by that point).

We say, it’s best to chat it over with your doctor if you’re considering getting pregnant after your abdominoplasty.

They’ll have the best idea of if your body is recovered, and give the right next steps for you.

Risks of having a pregnancy after a tummy tuck

There shouldn’t be any complications with your pregnancy after having a tummy tuck. 🎉

So, the main risk, really, is how your body might change.

You could’ve had a tummy tuck after you’ve given birth to your children, and were looking for a way to have a ‘Mommy Makeover’, getting your body back to pre-pregnancy shape. 💪

But if you choose to try for a baby (or you happen to become pregnant) after a tummy tuck, you may run the risk of undoing all the work of the surgery previously.

Or, you may be fine — some women report successful results even after a full pregnancy! 🤷‍♀️

Is pregnancy after a tummy tuck uncomfortable?

So, you might find it to be uncomfortable sometimes.

As the baby grows, you may experience a pulling or stretching sensation on your abdominal muscles.

If you’ve had a pregnancy before your tummy tuck, it may also feel a little different this time around.

It’s usually mild discomfort and tolerable, though, and not harmful to mother or baby.

And, some women have no discomfort at all!

I’m pregnant after a tummy tuck, but I’m not showing?

This can happen, mama-to-be! 🤷‍♀️

Your pregnancy may not ‘show’ as much as previous pregnancies (if you’ve had any), as the stomach may not have the capability to protrude as far out.

But this isn’t usually a cause for concern — the little babe is quite safe and happy in there!

Can I have a c-section if I’ve had a tummy tuck?

Having had a tummy tuck before getting pregnant doesn’t mean you’re any more or less likely to need a c-section.

But, if you do need one, the surgeon may use your previous tummy tuck scar.

This is to avoid any further scarring to your abdomen.

🔍 Read more: Everything You Need to Know About Your C-Section Scar

What happens to a tummy tuck after pregnancy?

As mentioned, a pregnancy after a tummy tuck may not allow your body to bounce back to how it was before.

But, then again, it might also be fine — and you may not lose all the results from the procedure. 🤷‍♀️

For example, you may find that sagging skin may not be as extreme as it was before your tummy tuck.

But that all depends on how active you are. 🏃‍♀️

If you stay fit and exercise during the pregnancy, it’s less likely that you’d need another tummy tuck afterward.

If you do feel like you could do with another one, you could maybe have a mini tummy tuck instead.

This focuses on the area below the navel, and doesn’t need as much recovery time as a full tummy tuck.

Should I get a tummy tuck before or after pregnancy?

Most doctors would usually recommend you have a tummy tuck done after you’ve finished having children.

But, there are some circumstances where it may be recommended before.

For example, if you’ve lost a lot of weight, the excess sagging skin may need to be tucked away, and it would increase your quality of life to have this procedure done before having children.

But most people have a tummy tuck as part of their ‘Mommy Makeover’ after they’ve had all their children.

What about pregnancy after liposuction — is that possible?

Another similar procedure you may have to reduce fat from parts of your body is liposuction.

You can either have it on its own, or as part of a tummy tuck procedure.

And more good news — liposuction is also safe for pregnancy, for both mother and baby.

So, there you have it!

The ins and outs of tummy tucks and pregnancy.

Now you’ve got all the info you need, hopefully you can make the best decision for you and your fertility journey.

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