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AB Workouts, Post Op! What are your thoughts???

  • BrandNewBelly13
  • Boston, MA
  • 1 year ago

So many different things being said by members and doctors.  Where do you stand on this topic? My doc said 8 weeks was the magic number for me to resume ab workouts.  I'm 8 weeks today.  I did a small set of easy crunches yesterday and my belly was quite swollen last night (though it did go down overnight)  For those of you already way back into the game, do you swell when you work them out? How far along are you if you still see swelling? What kind of workout are you doing for the new abs? I'm so eager but a little nervous after seeing the big swell yesterday. I felt no pain, which is comforting, but I need more input from all of you!! lol

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I was uncomfortable when I tried the first time I tried to do ab work (crunches) afterwards sometime between 2 and 3 months out. I'd wait a while. I recently did a Kathy Smith ab warm-up on one of her tapes and felt comfortable doing it. This was a week ago. I'm about 6 months out. I would suggest doing cardio for now as exercise and waiting until you're 6 months out. Even then, I would start slowly; I have been told that the tummy muscle tightening takes one year to heal. I am still sore there when I rub that area above my belly button. I truly don't understand why PSs say two months is the magic number. It seems less conservative than it should be. I know I had some trouble at three months just doing very simple core work (shuttleboard). Had to stop, as it hurt too much!
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I'm already doing everything BUT abs. I had no pain with my TT. I had no pain when I tried doing the crunches, had no pain the next day, just extra swelling the same night. Quite a big swell actually lol went right back down the next day. Enough to make me hesitate to do more. I am mostly concerned about doing the wrong thing for my new belly. Pain has never been a factor for me. Curious about the shuttleboard?
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You don't realize it but when you are pushing the stick in shuffleboard you are doing that with your core. I did one game and stopped because I was very uncomfortable.
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My PS said NO ab work outs until 6 months after surgery. So... I'm not even going to attempt ANY ab workouts! I've read allot more negatives than positives from doing ab work outs before 6 months after surgery.... I do treadmill, Zumba & most of body pump class... Just not the ab work outs in body pump. :)
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I'm all about the elliptical and the Total Gym, Dumbbells & Kettlebells. I have this awesome new ab attachment for the total gym but I think it'll be a while before I go for a spin lol Light easy crunches will most likely be the only thing I do but I'm waiting a bit longer....
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I'm 5 months now and had a full TT, MR, lipo and BA. My PS said I could work out at 6 weeks but lift no more than 30-35 lbs. I didn't do anything until week 7, starting off with yoga to stretch out. Started weight lifting about 3 months out in a power class, no problems. Crunches and sit ups felt weird, like a pulling on the incision, at first so I just did modified sit ups. Each time it felt better and better, just took it slow. It never hurt just always felt a pulling. I agree with everyone, we spent a lot of money and don't want to mess it up! I do swell after yoga and working out but then again, I swell mostly every night and most days :D The swelling is getting better and oddly it seems being active helps to somewhat minimize the swelling, not 100% but some. Laying on my stomach was hard at first due to the TT and the BA. Each week it got better and I just did what I could and what felt comfortable but each week was better than the last:) I've noticed the improvement from week to week and now I can do mostly anything but I am cautious. Swimming also helped even though at first I felt like a 2 yr old learning how to swim all over again because I was so tight from the TT and needed to stretch the breast muscles too. Just ease into your workouts and listen to your body. Trying too much at once may not only damage your MR but set you back and nobody wants that. You'll see that each week you'll be able to do more and more:)
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Thanks for sharing. That's encouraging :) I've only done a few tiny lil crunches lol just to see how it felt. Nervous to do too much on the abs but really anxious to see what everyone who's further along has to say. I would never went to jeopardize my results. I am back to mostly everything I was doing PRE op, but there are things I haven't touched yet because of how they pull on the abs! I also had no pain whatsoever with my TT w/MR. I imagine if I did have lots of pain as most people have, I wouldn't even be wondering about abs yet lol ;)
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Oh i forgot to mention i am able to do deadlifts with 20 lbs. Even squats on the smith machine with just the bar & it felt great!!
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Good for you1!! I love getting back to squats! I can't wait to do the things that require me to lie on my belly, that's just not gonna happen yet! I tried the other day .. HELL no!!!
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Funny. Eventually will get there & be ready for next summer.
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OH ya know, never even let myself think about next summer but WOW let's think about next summer!!!!! Oh yeah, next summer!!!!! :)
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Hi! I'm 10 wks back at the gym at 8. Attempted to do leg work outs like before on the machines, ended up pulling something on right side of my incision/tt. Felt pain right away. Until now I will wait & I will not attempt to even try abd work outs. I'm waiting for that 3-4 months. Like I mentioned before this was an expensive investment to ruin it. I'm back on very light weights :( but nothing with abd as a primary or secondary muscle work outs. Best wishes.
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Some of those workouts do indeed pull on the core more than I'd like them to! I have a Total Gym and there are SO many things I want to do that involve lying on my belly, but I just can't to it :( I tried, and failed lol scared me actually. Not quite there yet. I have to be careful with everything that pulls on the midsection. Better safe than sorry!! I can't WAIT til everything is back to normal and I can just GO to TOWN!
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I don't feel any discomfort with my leg workouts. I do workout cautiously. The tiny little "test crunches" I did the other day were SMALL slow movement and I just wanted to see how it felt, no pain, felt good actually LOL but sure did swell big time that night... only did 35 of them, haven't done any since... and the swelling went down overnight :)
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My doctor said I could do ANYTHING including abs at six weeks post op, but I waited until 14-15 weeks to do real crunches. I did swell and was extra-sore at first, but it got better after maybe 5 months post op? Even after the true "pain" is gone, it takes awhile for your body to feel completely normal. I am 10 months post op now, and I can do anything I want, workout wise.
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OK your doc is on the same page as mine. I didn't go hard core on the crunches, I just did tiny lil crunches to see how it felt and I only did 35 to get my toes wet LOL I imagine it'll be a while before I can really crank them out! Just looking for input from people. So many have said 6 months, but then they come back with "had LOTS of MR" ..... I had MR too but he never said how much? Do you swell at all when you work your abs hard? or are you long past that point? And, at what point did you notice you no longer DID swell???
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And thank you, that's encouraging info!!! ;)
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Like I said, I am ten months out...I haven't swelled significantly for so long that I can't remember exactly! I don't think I have swelled much since five months, maybe even four months post op. It was absolutely worst at 8-11 weeks and then it suddenly went away! It really does take three full months, minimum, for everything to calm down, recovery wise.
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That's great to know! So basically my worst should be hammering down on me any minute now! lol OK but now I"m a little excited to see what happens after the next 4 weeks go by :)
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In four weeks, you should be thru the worst of it. At ten weeks, even my breasts were swollen! It was crazy, like the fluid went up instead of down! I didn't have anything done to my breasts or arms, so I wasn't ready for that! ;)
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oh lordy! That's what it feels like is happening lol the swelling is going upward, climbing it's way up my belly OK one more month! I can do one more month! ;)
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OH! and I have my ab crunch attachment for the total gym (and now I'm nervous to try it lol) but it's got some amazing options!!! I also have an exercise ball which I've never used before. I've always just worked them on the floor! I wanted to mix it up a bit now that I like my belly lol
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