Real Ways to Tighten the Belly After Baby
There is no doubt that bringing a baby into the world is one of the most beautiful things that a woman can do. However, despite how beautiful that little baby you welcome is, the state of your stomach may be a little less, err, beautiful. Your belly stretched a whole lot to accommodate your growing belly, so it is no wonder that you may be a little alarmed when you look down at your belly several months post-partum.
This is not to say that you shouldn’t be proud of your post-baby belly or that you need to lose weight and tone it; however, in the event that you do want to regain your pre-baby belly, know that there are ways that you can achieve your goal. Here is a look at a few simple exercises that will help you get your post-baby belly back to its pre-baby shape.
Crunches without the Crunch: Don’t subject yourself to those painful crunches that often don’t show any results at all; instead, try doing some crunches without the crunch. To do this exercise, you’ll need to lay on a flat surface. Bend your knees up and place your feet flat on the floor. Set your arms at your sides, exhale, inhale and while inhaling, pull your lower abdomen down into the ground. Complete as many reps of this as you feel comfortable with.
Pelvic Tilt: Start in the same position as the previous exercise. With your hands at your sides, slowly lift your butt off the ground, supporting your weight with your abdomen. Hold the position for five seconds, slowly lower back down to the ground and start again. Do 10 reps of these.
Jump Rope: There is a reason why athletes jump rope as a part of their workout routine; because the results are amazing. Simply jumping rope for a period of 10 minutes a day will help you burn an amazing amount of calories, shed fat and build the muscle in your lower abdomen.
If you want to tone your belly after pregnancy, remember; it isn’t going to happen overnight. It took you 9 months to create your baby, so it is going to take at least that long to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape. Also, you should wait to start these exercises until you are fully healed from delivery. Once you start, keep at it; it is possible to get your pre-pregnancy belly back – I did it myself, using these exercises.