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5 Exercises for Your Post-Baby Belly

Ab Rehab

After the excitement of bringing your baby home settles into quiet contentment, you might start to notice a bulge in your belly that won’t go away no matter how much you exercise and watch your diet.

Ab Rehab Workout

Targeted Exercises

Gaining weight while expecting was the easy part. Now that your baby has arrived—and you’ve finally gotten used to the endless diaper changes and lack of sleep—it’s time to tackle the remaining baby weight. If you’re not sure how to begin, here are seven steps and four of the most effective abdominal moves for working your way back to your prepregnancy body.

Your Changing Body

What Causes It?

The skin stretches with your expanding belly but may not shrink back to its prepregnancy state, explains OB-GYN Sean Daneshmand, M.D., a maternal-fetal specialist at San Diego Perinatal Center. Excessive weight gain can make it worse, as can a twin-or-more pregnancy; previous pregnancies and sun damage can contribute as well.

The Train Wreck That Is My Body

I guess it’s no small coincidence that I’ve chosen the day after our nation’s biggest food holiday to size up my post-baby body.  And let me tell you: It’s not pretty.

The photo you see here is where I’m starting from.  Five weeks ago, my belly was in the stratosphere. I wish I were brave enough to post a photo of what it looks like now. Because there really are no words.

Belly Basics

 

Get Your Abs Back

Ask new moms which body part they’re most worried about getting back into shape after pregnancy and the answer is always the same: abs! We’re here to help. These exercises will work to strengthen and recondition your abdominals.

They’ve been adapted from Strollercize, a postnatal exercise program developed by Fit Pregnancy contributing editor Elizabeth Trindade, a personal trainer and mother of three.

Bye-Bye, Belly

For 40 long weeks, you marveled at your body’s transformation. You caressed your burgeoning belly and contemplated the new and mysterious life growing inside you. But now that your baby has arrived, you’re facing the reality of a less-than-svelte vessel. You find yourself constantly peering in the mirror and wondering if your once-flat, fabulous midsection will ever reappear.

Carve Your Core: 6 Exercises for Stronger Abs

Most of us want to get our bodies back after having a baby, particularly our abs. Well, there's good news: Six weeks postpartum (with your doctor’s OK, of course), you can ease into this workout, adapted from the “Waist Away” program designed by Elizabeth Trindade, a certified personal trainer, mother of three and founder of Strollercize Inc., a postnatal exercise program.

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