A ‘mummy tummy’ is a physical monument to the new life you carried and brought into the world; a testament to 9 life-giving months. But naturally, not everyone wants it to stick around forever.
Post-childbirth, the separation between your abdominal muscles caused by the growth of the baby leaves your core weakened and your muscles less co-ordinated. Therefore, post-natal fitness regimes don’t just have aesthetic benefits – they’ll also make you stronger.
As a London-based Personal Trainer and specialist in female fat loss and pre & post-natal fitness, (not to mention juggling a young family!) I understand the challenges that come with post-natal body health and how challenging it can be to regain your strength/ old body physique.
It’s not impossible though! Here are 5 ways to fix your mummy tummy.
- Abdominal hollowing–abdominal hollowing is a gentle, rehabilitative exercise that targets the transverse abdominis (TVA), helping to restore your core.
- Drink water – after giving birth, it’s normal for a woman to notice changes to her body including bloating. Drinking water restores the sodium balance, while also flushing your system and helping to keep your digestive tract moving.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet–being a new mum is going to leave you feeling fatigued, so you need a diet that’s going to provide more energy. Prioritising nutrient-rich foods over empty ‘treats’ will keep your energy levels high (and waistline trim).
- Avoid crunches and sit-ups – strenuous exercise, post-partum, such as crunches or sit ups,is not safe. Your abdominal wall is still healing and your linea alba (the tissue that connects the two outer portions of your abs) is thinned out and weaker than normal. Give it time to heal and return to its normal state.
- Join a post-natal exercise class – post-natal exercise classes don’t just provide a supportive environment for returning your body to peak performance, they also offer a great community of new mums to connect with.
You know what they say – the first step is always the hardest.
If you’re lacking the proper motivation, support, or just need that little push to get yourself back on the fitness train, I can help.
Check out my services (here) or get in touch with me (here) – I’d be more than happy to chat.