Ok, so you’re feeling stronger and ready to progress your abdominal strengthening exercises? That’s great to hear! Just make sure you started with the basics and are not experiencing any pain or symptoms. If you missed the first part of this blog series, check it out here: 5 Exercises to Tighten your Belly after Babies.
Remember, the key to success without causing further damage to your core is to build up slowly. It takes the body time to fully heal. It can take a lot longer than you wish it did, especially if you have been diagnosed with diastasis recti or are experiencing a separation of your abdominal muscles.
The first six weeks after you have a baby can be rough. You are most likely emotional, exhausted, anxious, lonely, stressed, fearful…the list of feelings goes on. There is a lot to learn about your new baby and so much to do. Most of the six weeks will be spent nursing/feeding, changing diapers, cuddling with this small human you love beyond comprehension, and trying to get said human to sleep. During these six weeks, doctors advise parents to limit baby’s exposure to crowds so his immune system has a chance to strengthen. While your first priority is certainly going to be your baby, this is an important time to take care of yourself too. Taking care of yourself is one of the best ways to care for your baby. Here are 10 ways you can reduce postpartum blues in the first six weeks.
For all of those moms out there who feel like they are struggling with the post-baby “pooch”, or have been diagnosed with diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles), it’s time to take control with these simple postpartum exercises. Besides feeling good about yourself, it’s important to properly strengthen your core muscles to avoid more issues down the road. Diastasis recti can lead to array of other issues, including lower back pain, fecal or urinary incontinence, pain or loss of sensation during intercourse, or even a hernia.
It’s no surprise that postpartum exercise often feels like a catch-22. Of course you want to look and feel great, but you are likely exhausted and may even feel self-conscious. That said, it’s good to keep in mind the benefits of exercise after having a baby are two-fold: mental and physical.