How You Can Get a Flat Stomach Again

By Guest Blogger Lindsay Brin

It’s so important to understand how you can get a flat stomach again. So many of us are used to traditional ab work, and unfortunately that can create a larger waistline! Yikes!

Why The Core?
One of the reasons why you need to add core exercises to any other workout routine you may be doing is that after pregnancy, your uterus shrinks about a finger’s width every day. In five to six weeks, your uterus will return to pre-pregnancy size. That means in that time it will from the size of a watermelon to the size of an orange. Pretty impressive, right? Your body is remarkably adaptable and your recovery to pre-pregnancy hormone levels, uterus size, etc. is postpartum miracle. Your body is a machine in the several weeks following birth. But you do need to help that miracle along.

There are 2 IMPORTANT muscles that create your flat stomach: the pelvic floor & the TA (transverse abdominis)

A little Science wouldn’t hurt
You need to start by finding your pelvic floor, then training your pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is the foundation to your core. Your abs cannot function without the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is the bottom of the core–think of a sling from front to back. You will see a number of exercises that include rotation, balance and stabilization in the Moms Into Fitness DVDs. This variety combined with the use of the pelvic floor and transverse create a flat stomach. You can begin pelvic floor movements within 2 days of a vaginal normal delivery. The ab work will begin later (usually 4-6 weeks) once you have your doctor’s permission. This method will not only help you look good but help you do functional things without pain. You can get down on the floor and play with baby, jump without peeing, and lift baby pain free.

Your core is essentially the center of your body—more specifically your abdominal muscles and the muscles of the hips, butt, back, and pelvic floor. All of your core muscles work together as a unit—they are all connected by fascia, a band of connective tissue. Your muscles (and fascia) are stretched during pregnancy. At 6 months everything is back at 90%, and if you help the muscles along you can get that flat stomach more quickly. But you have to use your muscles for them to change!

Engaging the muscles
So you don’t have information overload you can simply watch this video to find out how to use these muscles and make them work within traditional ab work.

5 Responses to “How You Can Get a Flat Stomach Again”

Brie June 26th, 2009 at 9:23 am - #6236

I have all 3 of these videos and I love them all! I use them about 3-4 times a week. I have a 15 month old and only discovered these 3 months ago. I have lost 10 pounds and I’m tone again! I can fit into old clothes! I even recently bought my Mother a set and she loves them too and she is 60!

My husband even joined me in my video workout the other night! Lindsay is very inspiring!

Nancy June 26th, 2009 at 10:07 am - #6289

I love these videos!! I’ve lost all of my baby weight with Lindsay’s help. Thank you!

Nava June 26th, 2009 at 12:25 pm - #6361

Missed them again (for the second time). Please say you’ll be getting these back in??

Tiffany June 26th, 2009 at 1:01 pm - #6369

I have been doing Lindsay’s DVD’s for 2 1/2 years now and am still in love! I have lost all of my baby weight after my last two babies because of her DVD’s and her personal help. She is super helpful, nice, and really wants to help! You’ve got to get these back on BabySteals to give more women an opportunity for a fantastic workout to get that baby fat off!

Nadia Larsen June 27th, 2009 at 11:55 pm - #6456

I missed this, what videos are we talking about here?!?! Sounds like ones that I NEED!

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