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 because of the diet and exercise thing, 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 that C-Section shelf…


Diet eliminates fat.  Fat is not entirely the problem with respect to a C-Section shelf but it helps to trim the area of as much fat as possible.

Now by dieting I don’t mean starving yourself.  That rarely works for any body toning and it can contribute to loss of muscle mass, which is a bad thing for toning your shelf.

So never skip a meal.

Instead reduce your fat intake.  Eat recommended portions and get into the habit of giving your body time to feel full.

Also consistency is important. Don’t start a diet one week and go off it the next. That won’t work either.

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.

All you really need is a daily routine of walking while tightening your pelvic muscles as you walk. People don’t believe me when I say that but it’s true. That’s exactly what I did and my C-Section shelf is gone.

It doesn’t need to be any more difficult than that.

Simply targeting those muscles effectively and being consistent with it is what works.

Committing to just 20 minutes a day is all you need to achieve positive results.

If weather permits get outside with baby.  If you can’t get out use a treadmill. I STILL use my Horizon compact treadmill like the one in the picture.  It sits in my office and I use it whenever I’m short on time or just can’t get outside.


After your C-Section your incision will leave a scar which creates dense tissue causing pocketing which is the C-Section shelf.  This pocketing accentuates fat deposits in the area of your scar. Compression works to smooth the shelf and restore your scar to a more natural texture.

I personally recommend the Cpanty compression garment because it combines front pelvic compression with a silicone panel that sits over your incision to support and flatten. This combination works specifically to diminish your C-Section shelf.


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

With CPanty you don’t need scar creams, hospital panties, belly wraps or binders.  It’s an-all in-one panty that slims and speeds recovery while helping fight against that ugly C-Section shelf.

So there you have it my friend.

The combination of diet, walking and compression are what worked for me and my C-Section shelf is gone :-)  

So if more surgery isn’t what you want try this triple remedy.  I think you’ll be happy with the results.

Here’s to a more beautiful, slimmer you – and no more surgery :-)



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  1. 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.


  2. 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..

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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 :-)

  9. 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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