- Wear a girdle, belly band or some sort of postpartum corset after birth.
- It'll help to hold things in place and provide back support while your body is working to heal. It's intent is not to help you lose weight but to instead offer support and a level of confidence while you work to rebuild those stomach muscles over time.
- A highly recommended postpartum girdle can be found here - Bellefit Postpartum Girdle Pull-Up, Medical-Grade, Compression & Support
- Core Muscles will be non-existent and have to be rebuilt.
- You'll actually feel more strain on your back because you're not getting any help from your stomach muscles. You'll need to gradually rebuild these muscles before lifting heavy weights. There are certain exercises that you should avoid and those that will help you to regain those muscles.
- Take a look at these - 6 Exercises For Rebuilding Your Core After Pregnancy
- Crunches/sit-ups, planks, etc. are not going to be effective early-on.
- Your body needs healing-promoting exercises to re-train your core muscles to work appropriately before attempting to strengthen them.
- These exercises should help - How to Help Postnatal Women Get Their Abs Back
- Diastasis Recti - Understand what this is, how to check for it and what to do to heal if you have it.
- "It's a gap between your right and left abdominal wall muscles that can result in a rounded, protruding belly pooch." (source)
- Here's more information on how to resolve this issue - Diastasis Recti: The Postpartum Body Problem No One Talks About
Do you have any tips or tricks to share that helped you to get your mid-section back in order after baby? If so, please share in the comments.
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