How can you get your pre-baby abs back after delivering one baby? What about getting your pre-baby abs back after delivering two babies or more? Here are my top three tips.
1. Maintain a fit pregnancy and continue to work your core during pregnancy.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I maintained a very fit pregnancy with both of my babies. I not only continued to work my core, I focused on core. If you have a copy of my Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout DVD, you know that the core segment is one of the toughest segments in the DVD. Core and abdominal workouts during pregnancy are controversial in the fitness and medical worlds. However, in my experience, it is so important to continue stimulating and strengthening your abdominals, lower back, and hamstrings, if you want to prepare effectively for labor and delivery, and bounce back quickly and get your pre-baby abs back fast after baby. My doctor was supportive of ab exercises in the supine position (on your back) through my entire pregnancy, and I continued an intense combination of abdominal moves until D-Day.
2. Eat clean through pregnancy and postpartum.
Abs are made in the gym and in the kitchen. It is so important to eliminate empty calories from unhealthy foods. That’s not to say I don’t eat treats on occasion, but for the most part, I focus on eating lean protein, good fats, complex carbs, etc. Personally, I did a modified Paleo diet during pregnancy, and continue to eat mostly veggies, fruits, lean protein, and minimal grains/dairy. Be sure you are not eating too many calories, but also be sure you are eating enough of the right foods. Contact me for a one-time consult if you are unsure how to eat healthy.
3. Work your core consistently after labor and delivery.
Obviously, to get your pre-baby abs back, you need to work them hard after you deliver. I was cleared to start exercising 2 weeks postpartum, but be sure to check with your doctor and get clearance before you start a postpartum workout routine. Planks, floor crunches, and twist crunches were my favorite exercises when I first started back with core work after I delivered my babies. I did not have any problems with Diastasis Recti (separation of the abdominal wall), so I could safely working on getting my abs back shortly after I delivered. There is a great ab circuit in my new Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD as well.
Remember — be patient. I won’t tell you that, “It took 9 months to grow a baby so it will take 9 months to get your body back” — Personally, I think that advice is annoying and false. From my experience, if you are committed to a healthy lifestyle through pregnancy and postpartum, it can take as little as several weeks to bounce back to your pre-baby body. However, please keep in mind that everyone is different. Ultimately, focus on gaining back strength in your core, eating clean, and taking care of your body, and your abs will make their appearance in time. I still have a bit of stretched skin in my midsection, but overall, I feel great about how I look (and my hubs is happy — so that makes me happy. He even said that he thinks my abs look better now than they did pre-pregnancy!).
I am looking for a few people to review my new DVD. If you are interested in a kick-butt workout, want to get your pre-baby abs back quickly, and have been cleared by your doctor to start a postpartum fitness program, please contact me.
17 thoughts on “How To Get Your Pre-Baby Abs Back: Top Three Tips”
I’m at a year post partum already. I ate fairly clean and worked out hard during pregnancy. After my son I found it harder to keep up with strict meal plans and working out as hard and as often. I’m trying my best but still seem so far from my goals. It’s harder now that I’m back working full time and being a single mom. It’s hard to stay motivated! I’d love to check out your DVD
Hi! I’ll be 3 months post partum on Wednesday, with an awesome little boy. My Riley looks a lot like your Cole – BIG boy, haha! I’m training for a sprint tri and eating clean but it’s so hard to get to the gym when my husband is at work. We both work in the film and TV business. I would LOVE to review your DVD. I’m a former NCAA water polo player and more than ready to by my abs back!!!
I would give anything to go back to my pre-baby body! I work out and eat right and somehow I still can’t lose the weight.
I would love to check out your new DVD. I’m 4 1/2 months postpartum and need serious ab help.
Hey Amanda, I am interested in reviewing your new DVD! I am 9 weeks postpartum and am really needing to work out my abs! (-: Let me know if I can help you out. (-:
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I would LOVE to review your DVD. I had my son six weeks ago and have been working on getting back to my pre-baby body since two weeks postpartum. I was also cleared by my doctor early on. Mostly I look up workout videos on YouTube but haven’t found anything I love. I hope I can help 😊
Great post! I’ve maintained a fit pregnancy as well (I teach fitness classes)–and I am about to deliver (hopefully any day!!), so I’ll be postpartum soon. I would love to check out your dvd!
8 weeks postpartum here! I’ve been cleared to workout by my doctor after my c section and I’ve started walking with baby boy in the stroller, but I really need to do some strength training. My core has suffered during my pregnancy and the c section area looks pretty sketchy with the little “pooch” over the scar. I would totally love to try your DVD. Need to whip myself back in to shape!
Hi there- 6 months post partum and need some motivation to get my abs back! Would love to check out your DVD!
I am 5 months post baby #2! I would love to review your DVD to get my abs in shape!!!
I would love to review your new DVD! I are very well during my pregnancy and worked out up until the end, including doing trx, playing competitive volleyball until 30 weeks and additional strength training. I have found it pretty easy to bounce back to my activity and shape prior to pregnancy due to good food and activity decisions during an after pregnancy. I started back at volleyball five weeks postpartum and started running again at 7 weeks. I’m 10 weeks postpartum now and would love to shape up my stomach even more 🙂 I also live in the Dayton area!
you look fabulous, momma!
Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or somiehtng. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.
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I would be interested in reviewing your DVD! I recently had a c-section so my recovery and jump back to working out will be slower. ( I should be cleared in 2 more weeks. ) You may recall me from Instagram…also building a Ryan Home, from Pgh! 🙂
I am 6 weeks postpartum right now and ready to get my abs back. This was my third child and I am definitely finding it more difficult. I stayed in good shape throughout the pregnancy but I’m finding it hard to find the time and energy at this point! I would love to try your DVD!
Love, care, and good nourishment gntiteg through the tough timesA big part of my anti-depression strategy in pregnancy and postpartum is to avoid the pit. It seems obvious in a sense but it is surely easier to avoid the fall into the hole than it is to climb