Hands down, the area that most new moms would like to improve is their tummies. Loss of muscle tone, loose skin, fat build up and stretch marks can wreak havoc on self-esteem. Before you hit a core class at your local gym, it is important to be aware of three important facts:
You can make it worse. Jumping into exercises that you are not ready for can cause painful injuries and will not likely improve the appearance of your abdomen. For example, if you have an abdominal separation, crunches can worsen your condition.
The tortoise will have better abs. To achieve the best results, both functionally and aesthetically, you need to ease back into abdominal training with pelvic floor and other deep core muscle exercises.
You can have a 6-pack and still pee your pants. Your core is a unit and you need to train it as such. Being able to hold a front plank for two minutes does not help you much if you are still wearing a panty liner nine months post partum. Prioritize your health. You deserve it.
Fit 4 TwoŽ Tummies 4 Mommies is a postnatal core class taught by a certified postnatal fitness specialist who has taken further training in postnatal core rehab. Women with abdominal separation are welcome. Visit our locations page to see if Tummies 4 Mommies is being offered in your community.