In order for your tummy to expand and make way for your growing bub, pregnancy splits your abdominal muscles down the middle. After giving birth, physiotherapists will encourage new mums to carefully exercise these muscles to ensure they heal and close back together.
Here are some exercises you can do to assist with this process. It is important to make sure your muscles have healed before you do any abdominal exercises, such as abdominal crunches.
Always be guided by your doctor, midwife, physiotherapist or exercise physiologist before commencing any physical activity.
Stage 1 - Gentle tummy exercise
To tone your tummy and strengthens the deepest muscle layer (transversus abdominus), here are some general guidelines. You can perform this exercise lying down, sitting, or standing.
Stage 2 - Tummy exercise
Once the gap in your abdominal muscles has closed, you can progress to more demanding exercises. General guidelines include:
See your doctor for further recommendations and cautions.
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