Does your own image make you scowl at yourself? Is your belly giving out the expression of still being very much pregnant even after a few weeks of delivery? While you might have already lost on some pounds in the form of fluids, the placenta and other things, the sagging tummy is something which is making you go bananas over how to fix it. Diet is inevitably one of the most important factors in the art of losing weight, but you have to keep a watch on your food intake if you are breastfeeding to ensure that you are not depriving your baby from the valuable nutrients which are essential for the proper development.
However, unlike dieting, exercise after pregnancy does not deprive you of anything. Of course you cannot jump into the treadmill just after you come back home, desperate as you might be. While most exercises will necessitate a lapse of at least 6 to 8 weeks to kickoff, there are certain ones which can be resorted to as early as one or two days. Here are some exercises which you can plan post pregnancy.
Exercises that can be started right away
If you remember the exercises which your doctor had advised you to perform during pregnancy, you might well understand Kegel exercises and other light stretching ones. Also known as pelvic floor muscles, these exercises involve contracting of the muscles near the pelvic area or the vaginal wall and are used for ensuring smooth labor during pregnancy and for preventing occurrence of bladder problems post partum. Include other light stretching and contraction exercises as well such as those which comprise lying down on your back and trying to, but not touching the feet, lifting one or both legs and the likes.
Yoga and Pilates
Both Yoga and Pilates are great starters as they are gentle on your body while possessing a number of levels for you to choose and move on gradually as your body heals up from the tumultuous experience. These are also helpful in de-stressing your mind which is by now loaded with a hundred of things to do and think about the baby. Get hold of a yoga or Pilates instructor to guide you through the basics like pelvic tilts and supported bridge, although you should not try attempting inversions at this stage.
If you are tired looking at your bulging belly, try simple sit ups like those involving lying on the back with both hands behind your head to hold it up for a few seconds and then lowering it.
However, in case of c-section deliveries, it is worthwhile to consult your doctor or to wait for your lochia or post partum bleeding to come to an end before you begin with any sort of exercises.