I recently had a tummy tuck 3 months ago and I just found out I'm 5 weeks pregnant. I'm very scared I've heard so many mixed information my plastic surgeon recommended termination but he doesn't explain why he recommends that and my obgyn tells me to talk to my surgeon so I feel very confused. I would like to know the risk involved with having the baby other than the obvious esthetic reasons.
3 Months Post Tummy Tuck: Now 5 Weeks Pregnant - is There Any Risk Involved?
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Tummy tuck and pregnancy
I just want to reiterate what many surgeons have already stated- that terminating your pregnancy for that reason is ridiculous! Yes, you will likely re stretch the skin and need another tummy tuck. There is no risk to your pregnancy whatsoever! The muscles and skin all stretch as they did the first time you became pregnant. Good luck!
An abdominoplasty will not interefere with pregnancy
OMG! Don't terminate your pregnancy if you want this child. I have had number of my patients go through completely nancies after their abdominoplasties. In fact, one just had twins. Another was quite petite and had no problems. All of them reported that their muscles snapped back nicely and quickly, too. My twin mom needs a little more skin excised, but her abdomen is pretty flat already. Your abdomen will grow with your pregnancy, but you are far enough out from surgery that everything should be healed and go well. Just don't let your weight get out of control. Life happens. Don't worry about the baby, He/she will be fine and you will recover nicely.
Pregnancy after tummy tuck?
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Pregnancy after tummy tuck
Of course we would want all patients to be completely done with their pregnancies before undergoing a tummy tuck.
Most experienced plastic surgeons have had patients who had uneventful pregnancies. Sometimes work must be redone, sometimes not.
I cannot imagine recommending terminating a pregnancy on that basis.
There are however many unanswered questions. Does a tight abdomen predispose to problems with pregnancy? I don't have the answers to that.
In any event, good luck and hopefully you will have a happy healthy child!
Pregnancy after Tummy Tuck
I agree with previous posts: there is no reason to terminate your pregnancy following a tummy tuck.
I know of no risk to you or the child by carrying your pregnancy to term following a tummy tuck. While your cosmetic result may be compromised by this pregnancy, and you may desire a revision after the birth of your child, there is no reason to terminate your pregnancy.
Additionally, I recommend that you wait at least 9-12 months following the birth of your child before considering a revision tummy tuck. This will allow your uterus and skin to contract as much as possible, ensuring the best results possible post tummy tuck revision.
Jaime Perez, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Specialist in Tampa, Florida
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa, Florida
Pregnancy risk after tummy tuck
Most plastic surgeons would agree that pregnancy following tummy tuck does not pose any medical risk to you or your baby, and at three months post-op your abdomen should be completely healed. As you mentioned, there will be some degree of cosmetic change to your abdomen, though the extent cannot be predicted in advance. You should definitely pursue this further with your plastic surgeon, and have your surgeon clarify whether the recommendation to terminate the pregnancy is based on medical risk or a potential cosmetic issue. If it is based on medical risk, it would be reasonable to ask your surgeon for references supporting the recommendation, which you could then review with your physicians. This should help you to make an informed decision.
Best of luck.
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Pregnant three months after tummy tuck
The good news is that after three months your abdomen is firmly healed and will hold on during your pregnancy. Like others, you will begin to show in another three months, will carry to term, and have a normal delivery either natural or by C-section. You and your baby will be safe. Others have gone through the same, some even after abdominal flap breast reconstruction (much like tummy tuck). If the baby is a blessing to you don't give up.
Best of luck,
Pregnancy after tummy tuck?
Pablo Prichard, MD
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