What happened to my tummy after pregnancy?
09 09 2013 • Mama Mio
Spoiler alert: when you have had your baby, you will still look like you are about six months pregnant, which isn’t ideal when the woman in the cornershop says to you, on one of your first outings with your newborn, “And another one on the way, so soon?”…
Yes, that actually happened to one of the Mama Mio gang. But thankfully, most people are a bit more understanding, and know that it takes a few weeks for your uterus to shrink back to its normal size, and a lot longer for your tummy to tighten up and the extra fat your body has stored for your baby to burn off. Here are our top five tips for post pregnancy tummies…
Take your time
Remember, it took nine months for your tummy muscles to s-t-r-e-t-c-h to make room for your baby. So it can take the same amount of time – or longer – to shrink back again. And don’t forget that your body may change shape after pregnancy, so you might not be able to go back to your exact pre-pregnancy figure. But hey, you’ve had a baby, so that makes up for it!
Keep up the skincare
Don’t stop caring for your skin the day baby arrives. A stretch mark oil or cream like our Tummy Rub is not just for the growing stage – it is also for the ‘shrinking back down to normal size’ stage – and for maintaining your skin tone. Keep rubbing for at least four months after the baby has arrived on the scene.
Work it out
Don’t rush back into exercise. When you feel ready, take your baby out in the buggy for some gentle exercise that will give you fresh air and a mood-lift too. Then try some exercises specifically designed for post-pregnancy tummies – the ones in our Bootcamp for Tummies Kit are created by celebrity ab-rehab guru Julie Tupler who understands the issues effecting new mums and knows how to strengthen and reshape the abdominal muscle structure effectively – and safely.
Eat yourself fit
Breastfeeding can help your tummy shrink back faster and also burns off extra calories. And whether or not you’re breastfeeding, eating healthily will help you to get your tummy back in shape. Eat at least five portions of fruit and veg a day, include plenty of fibre-rich foods and go easy on high-fat and high-sugar foods, such as biscuits and cakes. And don’t forget to eat your water! Water-rich fruit and vegetables are a great way to hydrate and fill up without many calories.
Deal with the stretch marks
Once you’ve had your baby, you’ll be able to see your tummy area more clearly and ‘assess the damage’. You might have managed to escape stretch marks completely, but if you haven’t, don’t panic. Our Goodbye Stretch Marks can improve them and is completely safe to use when breastfeeding. And the newer the stretch mark, the better the result!
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