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.