How to get your pre-pregnancy tummy back after childbirth

Giving birth to a child is one of the greatest joys of being a woman. The miracle of carrying another human being for 9 months and finally bringing that being into the world is an experience that isnt ever forgotten. But after the initial euphoria wears off, some thoughts set in, one of which is usually “Why on earth does my tummy still seem like i am pregnant”?

For lots of women, they still have the pregnancy pouch for months after their baby is born. And to make matters worse, you look through the internet and see pictures of celebrities who already have flat tummies 2 weeks after giving birth!

What we have to realize is that, genes play a huge role in how one’s body turns out to be so dont feel too bad when you see that woman already strutting her pre-pregnancy jeans just a month after giving birth while you still wear your maternity clothes. Good news is that we can help our bodies attain the look we desire by following these 5 simple steps below.

Step 1

Breathe deeply. Starting to get back into shape after childbirth should be a gradual process. Deep breathing exercises are an easy early way to strengthen neuromuscular awareness of the muscles and skin in your core.

As early as the day after delivery, you can begin with by inhaling deeply. Feel your chest and abdominals expanding, and then exhale slowly and visualize your belly pulling toward your back.

Step 2

Breastfeed your baby. Breastfeeding burns calories and releases the hormone oxytocin, which causes powerful uterine contractions. These contractions work to shrink the uterus and help return your uterus and abdomen to their original size.

Step 3

Contract your abdominal muscles. Stand and pull your belly button toward your spine. Hold this position and breathe while holding the contraction. Release and repeat these contractions often and throughout the day. You can also contract your muscles while lying down or even seated.

Step 4

Once your doctor has given you the green light to exercise, start with the pelvic tilt. Pelvic tilts engage your entire core, making it a safe beginning exercise.

Lie on your back with both feet on the floor. Point knees up to the ceiling and relax your arms on the floor next to you. Slowly inhale and squeeze your glute muscles, pushing your heals down and raising your belly up. Then exhale slowly and release your core back to the floor. Repeat five times.

Step 5

Add aerobic activity. Aerobic activity helps your body burn energy from excess fat stores and is good for your heart. A brisk walk with your baby in a stroller is an excellent activity for new mothers. As you get comfortable, you can gradually increase the pace and distance.

Warnings

Check with your health-care provider before beginning an exercise program for the first time or if you have been away from fitness programs for a while, or if you have any chronic health issues.

Source – www.livestrong.com  Photo credit – Peter Kremzar/iStock/Getty Images

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