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How To Get Rid Of Your Postpartum Tummy Pouch

May 7, 2008
Having a baby is an important time in every woman's life and of course, they are little bundles of joy that rely on you to take care of them.

Before attempting any exercises to get rid of your postpartum tummy pouch, however, make sure you follow your doctor's instructions and rest those first few weeks until your doctor has given the ok to do more movement.

Being exhausted will not do you or your baby any good. Once your doctor clears you to go back to regular activity and you have a set routine down with your new baby, you can begin to work exercise back into your life.

Getting rid of you postpartum tummy pouch is going to require some work on your part due to the fact that you will be tightening up muscles that were stretched during your pregnancy.

If you doctor clears you for regular activity at your first postnatal exam, then you can start with an easy exercise such as the leg slide. While lying on the floor with your knees bent, press the small of your back into the floor and slide your legs outward and away from each other.

Keep your stomach muscles tight while you do this. When your back begins to arch, return to the starting positions and repeat for a total of five to ten times depending on your stamina.

Another great postpartum tummy tucking exercise is the pelvic tilt. This can be done while lying on the floor or standing up. To do them on the floor, lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent.

Breathe in and then slowly exhale while tilting your pelvis. At the top of the tilt, squeeze your buttocks together and hold it for five seconds before releasing and relaxing. Now, the trick to this exercise is to keep your hips firmly planted on the floor.

You are using your muscles only, not literally lifting your body off the floor. You use the same motions with your pelvis while standing up, leaning your hands on your thighs and placing your body weight on your arms.

Push your behind out far enough to flatten your back and then work the pelvic bone and muscles again. Do this while you are taking a long hot shower on those days when you don't have enough time to fully exercise.

Crunches are very good for getting rid of you postpartum tummy pouch, but if you are still sore from giving birth, it is better if you avoid doing them until you are fully healed.

You will also want to make sure that your entire exercise routine is balanced. Having a nice flat postpartum belly is great as long as the rest of your body is in as good a shape.

Exercise will make you feel better and give your more energy. Combined with a proper diet, you'll be ready to chase your little one around the house minus your postpartum tummy pouch.
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