Perhaps you’re wondering what an apron belly is or how to get rid of one. Millions of mothers have an apron belly, which is why it’s often called a mother’s apron. This overhang of your belly could cause problems if you have a c-section, or it might just feel unsightly.
When you have a pannus stomach, it’s when an apron of excess skin, tissue, and fat hangs over your abdomen’s bottom. It’s a common problem for plus-size women or for those who have lost weight. It’s also an issue for women who have had many babies.
Please don’t be ashamed or embarrassed by it; it’s so common. However, I know that it might cause you to feel upset or affect your self-esteem. So, here’s what you need to know.
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What is An Apron Belly?
Sometimes, this is called apron belly, but you also might hear the terms “stomach apron” or “mother’s apron.” The technical name is a pannus stomach, and it occurs when the belly and fat around internal organs expand, typically due to weight gain or pregnancy. That leads to extra fat deposits in this region.
The size of your apron belly can vary. Some women have a small belly that hangs to the top of their pubic area. Other women might have an apron belly that reaches to their knees.
It’s not exclusive to just women, despite the names, and women who haven’t had babies also can experience this. Men who have lost weight can experience this as well, or anyone who is overweight.
Unfortunately, it can be a bit uncomfortable! It can cause skin-to-skin contact, leading to a build-up of moisture and sweat. That leads to skin becoming irritated, chafed, and sore.
Another problem that you might have is healing from a c-section. If you have skin that hangs over your incision area, it can cause moisture to build up when your incision needs to stay dry. That can lead to bacterial or yeast infections, which could delay your healing.
Taking Care of Your Apron Belly
Because of the problems that it can cause, you need to keep this area clean. You could experience heat rashes, skin ulcers, yeast infections, skin tags, and more due to the constant dampness and moisture build-up.
When you’re showering after c-section, pay extra attention to this area. A shower brush or a handheld showerhead can keep the area under your apron belly clean.
Moisture is also another serious concern. It needs to stay dry, and you can try after a shower to use a hairdryer on cool to get the area fully dry. You also can try to use pads and powders; anti-fungal powders are an ideal choice.
Here are some other suggestions for taking care of your belly.
You can find some anti-chafing cream that you can apply to the underside of the skin that rubs or chafes. These creams can help stop any skin irritation or discomfort. Try this if you notice any rashes developing.
Try a Surgical Scrub
If you’ve had a c-section before, chances are the hospital staff gave you a bottle of Hibiclens to use the shower before your surgery. Hibiclens is a surgeon’s soap that kills everything that would be on your skin for hours.
I wouldn’t use it each day, but it could be an option that you try once or twice a week.
Wear Breathable Clothing
You must wear clothes that are breathable, such as yoga pants or tunics. Dresses or skirts are other options that help keep the air flowing and the skin underneath dry.
Support Bands & Clothing
You can try using a support band or clothing that supports the abdominal area. These bands and clothing can help conceal your apron belly, and they also prevent more skin from sagging. When you have extra weight hanging down, that can lead to back problems because of the excess weight pulling you forward. A support band reduces back problems.
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How to Get Rid of an Apron Belly
For some women, they want to get rid of it quickly. You can reduce or remove it entirely, but it does take time. Don’t expect it to disappear in a few days or weeks.
Here are some suggestions.
Eat Healthy Food
Since a mother’s apron is often due to an excess of fat deposits, eating healthy food and losing weight is the first step that you should try. Target foods that are low in calories.
Prepare whole-food meals at home. Fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean proteins should be the foundation of your diet. Focus on eating appropriate portion sizes that won’t exceed your calorie needs. You’ll also want to eliminate extra calories from foods that are fried or contain sugar or refined grains. These types of foods contribute to your belly apron.
Exercise and Target Your Abs
Exercise is a good thing for everyone, but if you think that doing stomach crunches and sit-ups will solve the problem, you’d be wrong. These exercises can strengthen your abdominal muscles, but they won’t make the problem disappear.
There are two layers of fat in your abdominal region, making it one of the hardest areas to tone. It’s easier to tone areas with one layer of fat, such as your arms or legs.
So, if you want to use exercise as a way to target your problem area, you should look at trying activities that cause you to move in a multitude of ways and directions.
Consider Elective Procedures
If you lose weight and have extra skin left behind, exercise and dieting won’t remove it. Instead, you might want to talk to your doctor about possible elective surgical procedures. These can be costly, but if you feel that your mental health is at stake, your doctor can outweigh some different options available.
Dealing with an apron belly can be hard, and getting rid of one is even harder. They can cause problems with skin irritations or healing problems after a c-section. If you feel self-conscious about your belly, take steps to get rid of it, or make it more comfortable. Remember that you are beautiful with or without this belly hang!