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Getting Rid of Your Baby Belly

Getting Rid of Your Baby Belly

The leftover fat around the belly is a common complaint of new moms everywhere. During pregnancy, you probably gained between 25 and 35 pounds, and when your baby is born, you're left with the detested baby belly. It can be hard for busy moms to fit in a postpartum fitness program with a demanding schedule of baby feeding, sleepless nights, and spending time with other family members and friends. These exercises can be done at home on your living room floor, so they're perfect for busy mothers who are trying to take care of a newborn.

Until about six weeks after delivery, you shouldn't attempt to do any exercises besides taking short walks and doing Kegels tightening and relaxing the muscles of the vaginal wall. After six weeks, if your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you're free to begin an exercise program of your choice.

It's important to remember that pregnancy weight can be stubborn, and you shouldn't over exercise or push your body too hard to try to drop the pounds. If you've had a C-section, you won't be able to do stomach strengthening exercises until your doctor has determined that the incision has completely healed.

One of the best tummy exercises you can do to tone are pelvic thrusts. To do pelvic thrusts, sit on the floor and bend your legs until your feet touch the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles and gently roll your pelvis. Tighten your stomach muscles as you do each one, and remember to breathe deeply while performing pelvic tilts.

Leg slides also tighten muscles and will help you get rid of the pregnancy paunch. Lie on your back, and bend your knees. Slide your legs along the floor, but keep your back on the floor using your abdominal muscles. Once your back starts to arch, bring your legs back towards you while keeping your stomach muscles tight. Go slowly at first, and avoid jerking your legs while doing the exercises. You'll find over time that you'll be able to extend your legs even further.

Traditional stomach crunches are very effective in getting rid of a baby belly. To do stomach crunches, lie on the floor with your legs bent and your feet touching the floor. Pull yourself up using your stomach muscles, keeping your feet on the floor.

Try to repeat each exercise at least 15 times, at least three times each week. It can be slow at first, but once you get started on an effective stomach strengthening routine, over time you'll see your baby belly diminish. Don't forget the added workouts you'll be getting from lifting a car seat and pushing a stroller!

For a short-term solution while you're starting your exercise routine, you can wear special underwear that will give the illusion of a flat stomach.



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