It’s been a few weeks or even months since you welcomed your baby, and while you have been enjoying the time bonding with your baby you may have noticed that you still look as if you are pregnant. Don’t worry, it’s normal. Many women struggle to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back. However, remember that you won't get your flat stomach in a day; after all, it took 9 months for your uterus to grow.
You have to be consistent with exercising and eating healthy to get a lasting result sooner.
Try these trusted techniques to get back your flat stomach
1. Abdominal Exercises that Targets Your Core
These are exercises that concentrate on the abdominal walls, which is precisely where you want to target. They include exercises like the leg slides, and pelvic tilts. In the beginning, you may want to start with an exercise like the leg slide, which does not require much effort on your part.
-Lie down flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the bed, tighten your stomach muscles and then slowly slide the heel of the foot down until your leg is flat on the bed.
-Then slide your leg back until your knees are bent again and repeat with the other leg.
2. Take part in Aerobic exercises
Engaging in aerobic exercises is really important, as they elevate your heart rate. nclude walking, jogging and swimming. You could walk, jog or swim. You can start by taking short walks around the neighbourhood, and increase the distance as time goes on. You may also consider going on walks with family members and friends. These walks are known to help strengthen your core, as well as help you lose some belly fat.
3. Sit Ups
It is important that you don’t do sit-ups until you have been cleared by your doctor so that you don’t overstretch yourself and damage your abdominal walls in the process.
-Start with a set of 5-10 sit-ups and increase the number as you regain your strength.
4. Breast feeding
One of the little known benefits of breastfeeding is that it helps with initial weight loss. It also stimulates the shrinking of the uterus and helps flatten and tone your stomach muscle through the hormone oxytocin that is produced when the nipple is stimulated via suckling.
5. Eating Healthy and Nutritious Food
It is important that you continue to maintain a balanced. It is ideal to start each day with a healthy breakfast with the daily recommended five portions of fruits and vegetable. Also, don’t forget to eat fiber rich foods like beans, grains and seeds. This is not the time to go on a diet, just make sure you eat healthy snacks like carrots, and fruits like apples when you begin to crave something sweet to eat.
Getting a flat stomach after birth will happen gradually, as you take care of your health and body by eating well and exercising. It is important to note, that care must be taken when you first begin exercising, do not overdo it. Gradually work your way into the exercise routine.