Want to know how to lose your belly after a C-Section?
Avoid sit-ups and crunches, use muscle tightening exercises and be patient.
That may not be what you wanted to hear but when you being exercising and which exercises you choose to do can make all the difference when it comes to effectively losing that C-Section belly.
You CAN absolutely lose your belly after a C-Section but there are a few things to understand first before beginning any type of abdominal exercises.
As your body begins to heal, scar tissue and adhesions begin to form. These adhesions prevent the muscles from moving smoothly, so doing too much exercise or worse yet, the wrong exercise, you could be creating weakness and instability in your belly area.
For this reason traditional exercise like sit-ups and ab crunches are not only dangerous, they become ineffective.
Additionally, if you exercise too soon, you could damage internal stitches or cause internal bleeding which can prolong your recovery making it even longer before you can begin doing any kind of exercise.
If you’re trying to lose your post C-Section belly fat, here are the dos and don’ts that are safe and the most effective.
Do’s and Don’ts for Losing Your Belly After a C-Section?
- Avoid Situps. After having a C-section avoid sit-ups or ab crunches. They can be dangerous if you do them before your abdominal muscles realign properly. In fact doing sit-ups before your muscles are ready can actually cause you to have a rounded stomach.
- 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 points this out clearly in his guide to exercising after a C-Section. He also demonstrates the ideal exercises for strengthening your pelvic floor which is 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 notice these things immediately but as you age, you will
- Walk Routinely. Walking is perfect for the C-Section mom. It’s effective, 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 can be just as effective, and certainly a lot more safe, than doing ab crunches or sit-ups. Especially if your anxious to get started.
- 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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