Workouts For PostPartum Belly
Getting back to the pre-pregnancy stage is every mother’s dream. Though you might reduce your overall weight, shrinking your postpartum belly can be a tough job. After all, it has stretched to its maximum in the past nine months.
To reduce your postpartum belly, you should pay special attention to tummy workouts. But you should always consult a doctor before starting belly exercise, especially if you had a C-section. You can start with mild exercise and slowly build up as you gain more strength.
What Are Some Effective Workouts For Postpartum Belly?
Lie down flat on the floor with your knees bent. Place a pillow under your hips and another one between your knees. Your feet should be flat on the floor, and the hands should be on either side. Now slowly inhale, and while exhaling, tuck in your abs and pelvis. Hold this position for 5 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
This exercise helps to strengthen your abdominal muscles. You can start this exercise within a week of a normal delivery. If you had a C-section, you should wait for 8-10 weeks before starting this exercise.
Lie down on your stomach with the forearms on the floor. Now slowly raise on your toes so that your belly is parallel to the floor. This is the plank position. Hold the position to a count of 20 and come back. You can slowly increase the count as you gain more strength.
This is an advanced form of tummy exercise which you should do only after consulting your doctor. First, lie flat on the floor with your knees bent. Put your hands on the thigh and slowly lift your head and shoulders off the floor. You should contract your abdominal muscles when you do this. Hold the position for some time and relax.
You should repeat the crunches at least ten times to get the desired result. Alternatively, you can also wrap a towel across the upper shin and do the crunches.
Lie down on the floor with the legs straight. Now slowly raise the legs off the floor and lower and raise it alternatively, just like scissors. Do this exercise 15-20 times.
What Are The Things To Consider While Undertaking Postpartum Belly Exercise?
- Always consult a doctor before starting any exercise. This is particularly important if you had a C-section.
- Initially, work for only 5 minutes and gradually increase the time as you gain more strength.
- If you have difficulty in doing any of the exercises, you should stop doing them immediately. Consult a doctor before proceeding further.
- Keep yourself hydrated while doing any form of exercise.
- If you experience any vaginal flow or become increasingly tired after the exercise, you should consult a doctor immediately.
Besides postpartum belly exercises, you can also try out belly wraps that provide a tight wrap on your belly and help the muscles to contract. But until and unless you strengthen the internal muscles, you will not get the desired results.