If you’re looking for great ways to lose your belly after a C-Section, you’ve come to the right place.
Losing that post Partum belly is one the most common concerns C-Section moms have when it comes to getting back in shape.
After having a C-Section it’s especially hard because you’re recovering from major abdominal surgery, so strenuous exercise, ab workouts or Pilates won’t be possible until about 8-10 weeks after surgery.
The good news is that there are a few exercises that C-Section moms can begin doing almost immediately after surgery to get the ball rolling on losing that belly.
And these exercises aren’t difficult at all
Before we get started be aware that there are a few exercises that you should NOT be doing right after C-Section surgery.
To start, avoid sit-ups and crunches until about 8 weeks after surgery. Intense abdominal exercises like sit-ups and crunches done too soon after your C-Section can actually injure your abdominal muscles. Once these muscles are injured it becomes almost impossible to get your abs back in shape.
To avoid abdominal muscle injury do pelvic tilt exercises, isometric ab squeezes or abdominal exercises recommended after a C-Section instead. These will gradually strengthen your abdominal muscles and keep them from being injured.
Tips for how to lose your belly after a C-Section
- Strengthen your Pelvic Floor. If you truly want to lose your belly after a C-Section your first goal is to get your pelvic muscles back in shape. This will make future abdominal exercise and strengthening much more effective. Jago Holmes, personal trainer for C-Section moms, demonstrates the best abdominal exercises in his guide to exercising after a C-Section. These are the very exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor giving you a flatter tummy. These exercises are much more than just squeezing your pelvic muscles really tight.
Strengthening your pelvic floor is the safest exercise you can do, mainly because it will help you avoid the risk of bladder leakage, prolapse and pelvic instability.
You may not experience these things right now but as you age, you will
- Walk Routinely. Routinely is the key word here. Get on a schedule for walking and stick to it. Walking is super effective for the C-Section mom because it’s low impact, and if you practice pelvic floor exercises as you walk you’ll soon notice your belly begin to shrink. If you can’t get outside, use a treadmill or make an outing to the gym.
Just 20 minutes a day of vigorous, belly tightening walks are as effective, and certainly a lot more safe, than doing ab crunches or sit-ups. I still walk to day for keeping my belly tight and trim
- Use Gentle Massage. After having a C-Section, adhesions and scar tissue may form causing weakness in your pelvic area. To fight against this, doing some hand massage or adhesion self massage therapy can be a huge help. Massage can help distribute the adhesions so that your muscles can move and strengthen.
This gentle abdominal massage is something you can do at home yourself and goes a long way to help give your muscles a chance to regain strength, as well as relieve pain that is so often common with abdominal adhesions.
Exercise will help you lose your belly after a C-Section, but be smart about it. Doing too much too soon or doing the wrong things will only cause injury, prove ineffective and delay your recovery.
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