Getting Rid of Your C-Section Shelf Without More Surgery

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Are you sick of your C-Section shelf? That extra fold of skin that hangs down over your C-Section scar?

It’s annoying and embarrassing isn’t it?

But how do you get rid of it?

The popular remedy is plastic surgery. Of course I disagree.

Surgery may be the  popular answer but if more surgery isn’t what you want don’t despair.

Here’s how I got rid of my C-Section shelf…

How To Get Rid of A C-Section Shelf?

A C-Section shelf involves focusing on two things; fat and loose skin.

To help with fat loss and tightening that loose skin these are the 3 things that work very well together.  They are:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Compression

Now before you hang your head in despair, hear me out.

When it comes to diet and exercise there are some specific do’s and don’t’s that will make these work together to get rid of your C-Section shelf once and for all.

 “99% of the time women are NOT using diet, exercise and compression correctly for toning and slimming.”

Here’s what you MUST do to get rid of your C-Section shelf…


Now by dieting I don’t mean starving yourself.  Starvation never works for body toning.  In fact if you are hungry on your diet, you aren’t dieting correctly!   Starvation contributes to loss of muscle mass and that’s counterproductive for toning a C-Section shelf or any other fatty pockets.

Diet eliminates fat.  Fat is not entirely the problem with respect to a C-Section shelf but trimming fat is always a great place to start.

So reduce your fat intake.  Eat recommended portions and get into the habit of giving your body time to feel full. Consistency is important too. Don’t start a diet one week and go off it the next.

Start with a low fat plan that won’t make you feel deprived. Health magazine has some great low fat sample memus that are a great start and the foods are super appetizing.

Walk, Don’t Crunch

A C-Section shelf is comprised of loose skin. Exercise is important because it strengthens your weak muscles which works to tighten the loose skin around your incision.

I don’t recommend sit-ups and crunches for the first few months after your C-Section.  Doing abdominal exercises too soon after surgery are not only dangerous they can be ineffective and damage muscles if you are not completely healed internally.

A great start is  simply a daily routine of walking.  While walking tighten your pelvic muscles as you walk. It doesn’t need to be any more difficult than that. This is exactly what I did and my C-Section shelf is gone.

If weather permits get outside with baby.  If you can’t get out use a treadmill. I personally use the Horizon compact treadmill which sits in my office. I use it whenever I’m short on time or just can’t get outside.  I like the compact treadmills because they store under your bed or easily in a closet.

Targeting those muscles effectively, committing to just 20 minutes a day and being consistent is what achieves results.


Another thing that helps with the dense tissue within the C-Section shelf is compression.  Compression works to smooth the shelf and restore your scar to a more natural texture. Now compression isn’t a permanent fix but wearing a garment that combines front pelvic compression is another element to help flatten the area. It’s perfect to wear while walking or when doing recommended exercises.


“C-Panty really works. It’s comfortable, and really helps reduce the classic “c-section shelf” as well as help the incision fade” – PW

So there you have it my friend.  If more surgery isn’t what you want try this triple remedy. The combination of diet, walking and compression are what worked for me and my C-Section shelf is gone 🙂  

Need More Help than that for losing your C-Section Shelf?

If you don’t think you can stick to a schedule on your own or need more direction and motivation to lose your belly and C-Section shelf, I love Wendy Powell. Wendy is a postpartum exercise specialist who created the MUTU exercise system for losing your baby belly and strengthening your core — and it’s on a convenient DVD.  This is without a doubt the best program I’ve seen because it’s thorough and designed to be easy.

Check it out, I think you’ll be impressed with what this program can do for you.

Here’s to a more beautiful, slimmer you – and no more surgery 🙂

Many Blessings,
Elizabeth  🙂 

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14 thoughts on “Getting Rid of Your C-Section Shelf Without More Surgery

  1. Mel says:

    I’m 37 and have a 1 year old daughter. I’ve lost all my baby weight and then some by about 12 pounds. My body is small except my breasts which are large and probably always will be. I have this skin flap over my C section scar that I did not have before. I’m thinking if I keep losing weight the skin will become even more loose and cause wetness under neath that can lead to sores and infection. Is this possible to get infected bumps from bacteria under your flap? I know it’s not going away I’m over 35 even with diet and exercise and compression it’s never going away and I feel like Im too old for surgery.

  2. Ann Marie says:

    I have had 3 C sections and a super cervical hysterectomy in 2009. The scar is very deep and I have a major “apron”. I have always been in shape but after the hysterectomy I developed a deep scar and the “apron” never went away. I have always been in shape and now I dress around the pouch. I am thinking surgery is my only option at this point, when I loose weight it’s still there! Any ideas would be helpful!

  3. Gin says:

    I had four c sections, the last 25 years ago. I have the shelf. I really hate it. Am I too old to do the exercise thing? When my children were born, I was given no advice about exercising or things to wear to help. This is an eternal annoyance.

  4. deb says:

    Now 30 plus years after two tubal pregnancy, in my late 50 I never really got rid of the delve..but I have at least had some pouch free years now its getting really hard my weight has been yoyo for most my life, after my fight with non Hodgkin lymphoma and the chemotherapy treatment my weight got out of control so my shelf got heavy to the point that the scar would have no breathing, its always soar and red. Although I am fighting the weight loss chemotherapy Induced neuropathy plays a big part on limited exercise. I been looking for a belly band of sorts to lift and support the lose skin until I get this under control. Any ideas?

  5. Kshama says:

    I had c section 8 years back. I am 30 now. I have been regularly exercising for 3-4 years now. I have a toned body but my c-section fold over my skin is the only part that is lose on my body. I live in India and nobody not even my doctor told me to exercise or wear a compression belt. I found out today that this is kind of how it’s going to be forever. I have done all exercises and diets. Will start compression now. But my upper abs are already toned, it’s only the lower part that hangs lose! I just don’t know what to do anymore !

  6. Elizabeth McGee says:

    Hi Chris,

    Your c-Section shelf can be eliminated but it takes more than just exercise and more than just diet, both things need to work “together” and for many women that’s really difficult. Mainly because they get mixed signals and wrong ideas about what actually needs to be done.

    I’d recommend an exercise/diet system or check with a professional trainer. The other option is a tummy tuck but I don’t recommend that. There are other ways. Have you looked at the MUTU Exercise/diet system? It’s a good one not just for your c-Section shelf but for total body health and core strengthening which is where getting rid of your C-Section shelf starts. Here’s more about it:

    Take a look and let me know what you think.


  7. Chris says:

    After four csections will my shelf ever go away? My last C my stomach went down. It’s been three weeks and I still look pregnant. How do I know if my scar is too high? Does that make a difference if it is? Would a lower scar make the shelf better? I just hate this shelf thing..

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Melissa, the shelf is difficult to get rid of. You can diminish the look with ab exercises and a good diet which is what I’ve done, and mine really isn’t that bad, but that incision indent won’t disappear entirely without plastic surgery.

  9. Melissa says:

    I’ve had 3 c sections, 2 emergency ones and 1 planned.. first two being the emergency ones and my last planned… I have the “shelf” as well with the skin over hang and where my incision is it is almost like there is an indent there between my pelvis and my lower stomach… will that go away if i can get this “shelf” to go away or will that indent be there forever?

  10. Tina says:

    It sounds like I’m stuck then. I had a laparoscopy-assisted vaginal hysterectomy Sept ’08 gone wrong where 1 of my ovaries was missing when they pulled out the uterus and only found 1 on top, so the decision was to make the incision, 6 1/2 inches, 14 staples later to only NEVER find the ovary. Both surgeons called their colleagues AFTER the surgery to find out the MIA ovary would eventually just absorb into the body. ANYWAY, I had a flat stomach going in and I have an ugly shelf to this day. So, based on your comment above, do you recommend just doing tons of weight-training for my core to remove any fat that might be there? I weigh the same I did when I went under the knife. I look deformed and I absolutely HATE it. Any advice would be great.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Brandi, unfortunately the c-section shelf or mother’s apron as it’s also called, is something that is hard to get rid of. I wouldn’t push to hard with the exercise, especially if it hurts. You are still young and as we age that shelf does tend to go away, but I know that’s not much consolation now.

    I’d try to find out exactly why your are having pain when exercising. If you can resolve that, you could focus on your exercise a little better.

  12. brandie says:

    i have 3 boys they were all c-section babies. my first one i had alot of problems with infection and everything i had to have nurses come to my home to take care and clean my insision. after it was healed i thought that i was cut to high my doctor wasnt the one who had done the procedure she herself was in surgery… she to thought that i was cut to i very uncomfterable all my jeans sit right under the pouch and leave indents on my scare.. i have tried wearing loose clothes but i am only 22 and like to look my best when i am in the mood and it not com. to wear pants that go over the scar because of how hi it is.. she has tried to remove the srcae tissue because there was alot but it still wasnt good enough… i just dont know what to do i hate how i look now i try to exersie and it hurtys but i still push myself it feels like the tissue is tearing…. and under neath the flap my stomache is totally flat i just want to get rid of it and hope im not going to have more surgery to do so?

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jade, skin is a very elastic organ and you’re still young, so you should be able to reduce that excess skin, however the key to tighter skin is to improve your muscle to fat ratio, that means don’t focus so much on low calorie diets, you’ll lose lean body mass which encourages loose hanging skin, instead increase your body mass with weight training, soon you’ll see the loose skin gradually come back into shape. Also be patient, this should be a gradual thing. I hope that helps 🙂

  14. jade says:

    hi there
    my son is now 22months old. i am 5 ft and was always quite skinny. i had a 8 pound 13oz baby whom i carried very big with. i had a few problems with my scar after my c section tearing etc so wasnt aloud to start exercising for about 5 months. starting walking as often as possible then small workout routines to target my abdomen changed diet etc and havent had any success i am very self concience about my stomach as its quite a big overhang of lose skin. im only 21 and dont wanna feel this way about myself. Help

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