What does your stomach look like?


Weird question, I know. But since becoming a CNA I've definitely developed arm and shoulder muscles. My stomach seems bigger too, underneath the little bit of chub I have. I wonder if that means I've built muscle there or if I just need to lay off the chocolate (ok I know I need to lay off the chocolate anyway :D ). I was wondering if anyone else has noticed a similar change. I do use my abs a lot when lifting because I know that's supposed to help support your back but maybe I've been doing it wrong.


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I'm working as CNA at hospital for 2 weeks now and my tummy area is still the same but I've been checking my weight at the standing scale in our floor and I've lost 2 lbs in since I started working.


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Specializes in LTC/Rehab. Has 4 years experience.

I would love to answer that question, but I'm six months pregnant, and my stomach has only grown since working as a cna. But, I have notice more muscle tone in my legs and arms. :up:


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Hey, Fuzzy! Hope you're doing well. When I worked LTC, I noticed that my pants got looser around the waist, although I gained five pounds. Since I started working at the hospital, a lot of factors have changed in my life and I've had to lose almost fifteen pounds, and I've found my abs again. Luckily, once I unearthed them, they were rock hard and I think it's from all the bending and lifting at my old facility. I have one of the strongest backs on my unit and I think it's because of those abs that developed at LTC. So, definitely not a weird question!

Specializes in Utilization Management. Has 12 years experience.

Well, if you've developed new stomach muscles, but haven't done any cardio to decrease the amount of abdominal fat you've got, your stomach will most definitely look bigger.