Hey. I've had this question for a long time, I just never asked it cuz I forgot about it! Anyway, the skin that is RIGHT underneath my belly button..to right where my pubic hair starts, there's this bubble. It's like..my stomach ABOVE my belly button is all nice and flat, but undernath the belly button looks like I'm permanently bloated. I mean, ya can't tell when I wear jeans, but otherwise it's quite obvious (well, to me anyways). I was wondering, does anyone else have this?? My mom told me something like it's there because your body prepares for child-bearing..or something!
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I have that too!! And i think your mom is right!!
It's a pain in the butt isn't it? My stomach is alright i guess, until that little bump. It's like a spare tire or something And i've never seen any guy w/ a "belly" underneath their bellybutton so i think it's just extra "flubber" (hehe i love that word) for having babies and stuff.
If you're worried or self concious about it ... a good way to get rid of it is w/ crunches. Get a chair and sit on the floor w/ the seat facing you. Lie down and put your legs up so you're raised just a bit off the ground. This will work the spare tire muscles and maybe you'll lose some of it hehe At least that's what my PE teacher told us ... I've never really cared enough to try hehe
Crunches don't always help, I've got that lower-case letter "b" thing going, and I've been pretty darn buffed before-I could jog 5 miles, do 50 sit ups, and I once did 200 jumping jacks, and it never goes away. And it's not squishy fat, that's muscle down there! But I seem to look extra pregnant right before I get my period, so I've concluded it's my uterous. Plus I happen to know I have WAY over zealous and buffed uterine muscles. Doctors keep upping my dossage of prescription painkillers for my period, but it's not helping.
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Know what, guys? It's normal. It's the way women are built. Most women's lower abdomens aren't flat, and aren't built to be. It's just the way we're constructed. Crunches are great exercise and will help make your back and abdomen very strong -- which I recommend wholeheartedly, because it will strongly reduce your chances of injuring your back -- but they aren't going to erase Mother Nature. It's just a curve. Women have those, remember?
actually..crunches hurt more than they help..my powerlifting/wrestling coach told us the best thing for abs is products such as the "ab-roller" but make sure its the one that lets u go forward as well as left and right..and trust me this is the best thing..now back to the subject..my g/f had that and she started doing the ab-roller thing and after a while it started to get less noticeable and now her stomach is flat all the way
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Color me skeptical, but 80+ years of research into exercise physiology has still failed to prove that "spot exercises" do much, in most cases, to remove specific fat deposits.
Besides, is there something *wrong* with not having a completely flat belly? Is there something wrong with looking like a woman instead of a girl -- or a teenaged boy? Is there something grotesque about having a normal, healthy body? Because if there is, then that's where the problem is -- not in anyone's body, but in our perceptions.
Lie back, put one hand where your ovaries are, and another just underneath your ribs, and envision all the organs in there that make your body work and visualize how healthy and wonderful and miraculous they are.
Then be thankful you have the muscle and flesh you to to cover them and keep them protected.
After all, it isn't how our bodies look that make them wonderful -- it is what your bodies DO.
I am SO with you there Heather. I had a little time with my body the other day where I thanked different body parts for what they do and why I appreciate them. The body-mind listens and responds very well to positive reinforcement.
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Well, I don't think you should get rid of that lil' bulge completely (cuz that's not natural), but I know an exercise that strengthens the muscle in that area so it won't be so out there. The military has done this for years, and I think most magazines have shown it at least once. Most people call it "scissor kicks". You lie on the floor, put your hands (one overlapping the other) under the small of your back. Then you move your legs up and down like scissors (alternate legs). Be sure not to let your heels touch the ground. Another great exercise in this position is putting both legs up in the air at a 45 degree angle and just holding them there, but it's a lot harder. Not only do these exercises strengthen your lower abs and your thighs, but I think after routinely doing them for a while they also relieve cramps, but I'm not totally certain. I hope I've been helpful.
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