No matter what shape you were in before you had your baby, or how often you worked out while pregnant, getting back into a fitness routine is not so simple. Getting used to your new life and your new baby takes top priority. Once you’ve settled in and you’re medically cleared by your healthcare provider, you may decide the time has come to begin working out again.
The best plan is one that will slowly get you back into the shape you were before you became pregnant. Once you feel back to your old self as much as possible, feel free to start picking up the pace with a new fitness goal.
The important thing to keep in mind when starting a post-pregnancy workout plan is protecting your abdominal wall. Because we’re so focused on getting our tummy back down to size, many of us perform exercises that are actually bad for our tummies.
Many women experience diastasis recti during pregnancy. This is a pretty normal condition where the rectus abdominis (imagine a “six-pack” part of the abdomen) partially or completely splits to allow more room for your growing belly.
Once a woman gives birth, she may jump back into a workout program that makes the problem worse instead of helping to rejoin the split muscle.
Do these five exercises for one minute each every day to ease your way back into abdominal fitness.
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