Even though you may have gained ten plus pounds during pregnancy, the baby weight will drop off naturally within a few weeks after giving birth. Most women lose about 12 pounds immediately after delivering the baby, and then continue to lose a few pounds each week as the body readjusts itself. However, the former baby bump can become a major problem area, and you’re likely dealing with extra fat and loose skin around your waist, also known as the “Mommy tummy.”
Fortunately, there are some exercises you can do to trim down that Mommy tummy in no time. In addition to an intensive cardio routine that will blast off fat and calories each week, you can tighten and tone your midsection with these stomach-firming exercises:
1. Oblique crunches. Lying flat on your back and placing your feet flat in front of you, slowly lift your torso off the ground and bend to the side, holding it for a few seconds to contract the muscles in your waist. Oblique crunches are great for slimming down your waistline and improving your posture. 50 to 75 reps per session, two to three times per week, may be all you really need to whittle down that waistline.
2. Tummy tucks. You don’t have to head to the plastic surgeon to get the benefits of a tummy tuck. Plus, this easy exercise can be performed while you’re standing, sitting or just waiting in line. All you need to do is inhale and pull your stomach muscles towards your spine. Hold for a few seconds to contract your midsection, then release, pushing your stomach out as far as possible. This strengthens the muscles in your midsection and makes it easier to perform other tummy-tightening exercises throughout the week.
3. Scissor kicks. An effective abdominal exercise for tightening the lower waist and obliques, scissor kicks performed on your back will strengthen that six-pack and help you achieve a more streamlined silhouette. You’ll need to perform these while lying flat on your back and keep your legs as straight as possible when performing the kick. Several sets of these a few times per week can help you get that flat stomach you crave in no time.
You don’t need any special workout gear to perform these exercises, so try and incorporate them into your weekly schedule to start trimming down that Mommy tummy in no time.