Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian and me all have that post-baby belly! We all have it, and expectations set forth by the media are R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S.
Kate, what great class you have, you are a true princess. And Kim K, I am sorry the media tore you apart, shame on them.
Your uterus shrinks about a finger’s width every day. In five to six weeks, your uterus will return to pre-pregnancy size. That means in that time it will from the size of a watermelon to the size of an orange. Pretty impressive, right? Your body is remarkably adaptable and your recovery to pre-pregnancy hormone levels, uterus size, etc. is postpartum miracle and your core muscles are just as adaptable. Your body is a machine in the several weeks following birth. But you do need to help that miracle along.
So what can you do?
A woman should not begin exercise until she has permission from her OB to begin exercise, which is usually during the postpartum checkup at 4 or 6 weeks postpartum. Whether childbirth was through vaginal delivery or c-section exercise can be resumed gradually. Although a c-section may take a little longer to recover, considering it is a major surgery. But you can get your stomach back since c-sections do not cut through the muscles like the once did (doctors now perform bikini cut incisions).
While in the 4-6 week postpartum period a mom can do some inner core movements to activate her core muscles. Moves that include the pelvic floor and transverse abdmoninis muscle, like pelvic tilts, kegels and transverse activation.
My Postnatal SlimDown DVD has all the modifications you need. We start with Core 1 using only the inner core, then a progressive core series Core 2, Core 3, Core 4, Core 5 as your core builds strength. Also includes 10 minute toning and cardio workouts to fit your schedule (including Amy who does all the toning exercises modified for diastasis recti).