Annoyed by the postpartum belly after giving birth? Here are 7 easy postpartum exercises for you to get back in shape as soon as possible!
Moving around after pregnancy can not only shrink the postpartum belly, but can also strengthen your core and make it easier to focus on your newborn! Lets take a look at all the exercises and save it for your postpartum workout plans!
Before starting anything, put on a postpartum belly band to protect your body
After giving birth, whether you chose virginal birth or a C-section, your body is still in recovery, weak, and can easily be damaged by strong movements. Putting on a good-quality postpartum belly band, or a belly wrap can protect your abdomen and make sure that everything stays in place while getting into the postpartum workout plan. (Read another article of us explaining why using a postpartum belly band is essential)
Now, let's get down to the 7 exercises that are great for postpartum recovery.
1. V ups - Activate core, leg, back, and shoulders
The V-up exercise is a full-body move that works your core, leg, back, and shoulders.
V-ups are known to be the ultimate belly fat cutter and what makes them more effective is the fact that they offer the benefits of two moves– crunches and leg raises. If you’re looking forward to burning that belly fat after your pregnancy, this will be your go-to.
2. Planks - Burn fat around abdomen
When it comes to exercise for a flat belly, plank tops the list.
It is one of the best calorie- burning exercises, as it engages multiple muscles at once, thereby benefiting the core strength of your body. This, in turn, burns fat around your abdominal area. You can incorporate certain plank variations to involve more and more muscle groups to burn an increased number of calories. Here are three variations you can do:
- Standard plank
- Straight arm plank
- Side plank
3. Bicycle crunches - Build & tone upper abdomen
Building and toning the upper abdominal muscles is one of the biggest advantages of doing bicycle crunches.
This can give you a flat tummy when done correctly. It might sound tough to perform sometimes, but you won't regret it since you can notice the difference if doing it consistently for 2 to 3 weeks.
4. Flutter kicks - tackle extra flab around tummy
Flutter kicks is undiniably the ultimate lower abs fat cutter, but remember that speed and leg extension matters a lot, when it comes to flutter kicks. So, keep in mind both these things, while performing this exercise.
5. Mountain climbers - A mix of core and cardio exercises
This exercise is a perfect combination of core and cardio exercises, which targets your abs, shoulders, arms, and chest, as well as the part we're most focusing on - the belly. Thus, mountain climbers can help you lose all that stubborn belly fat that stays after pregnancy.
6. Burpees - Turn your body into a fat-burning machine
If you’re tired of trying everything possible to lose belly fat after pregnancy, it’s time to go for burpees. This move targets every single muscle of your body and it isn’t just a great cardio exercise to lose belly fat, but also helps in muscle strengthening and toning.
7. Squats - Burn fat, build muscles
With squats, you can burn fat and build muscles if you perform regularly. Squats can help to lose fat all over, including the belly and thighs.
Although we are all rushing to get back in shape after giving birth, we must understand that our bodies need time to recover, they won't bounce back within a week or two, and everybody is different.
We have a lot of things to adapt to as a mom and should always be kind to ourselves. Remember to put on the postpartum belly band to give the abdominal section the best support and make sure to stop immediately if you're not feeling comfortable while doing any kind of exercise, and ask your doctor for help if needed.