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The beginning moments after your baby is born are truly incredible. Holding your baby for the first time, the hours and hours of snuggles, and no other focus in the world except for you and your new little one. You look down at your sweet babe in amazement of the perfect child you just created and your life just feels…well, perfect.
As you take a bathroom break, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. You stare at yourself for a few minutes, examining your post-pregnancy body. While the majority of you is in awe of the work your body has done, there’s a smidgen of a part of you that wonders why you still look pregnant.
Mama, I get it. I know that you understand it will take time for your body to heal and I hope that you are giving yourself loads of grace. However, I also know that you are itching to just feel a little bit normal too.
Here are the healthy first steps to a flat tummy after pregnancy!
Belly Binding has many benefits after having a baby smushed up there for nine months.
- Helps heal Diastasis Recti
- Supports your sore pelvis and lower back
- And while your organs and intestines feel like they’re free-floating, it feels like it holds you all together
To help your uterus shrink down to a non-basketball size, ask your doctor or midwife about Fundal Massage.
Now, you’re probably thinking “how the heck do I Fundal Massage?”
It’s actually extremely simple!
Here’s how to do it:
Take a deep breath, relax, and gently place your hand on your belly. Feel for a solid “object”. If you are very newly postpartum, chances are, it’s higher up. Lightly press and massage it in circular motions a few times a day.
Just as a heads up mamas, the first time my midwife told me to do this, my belly was extremely tender. Yours will be too. Take it easy and gentle!
After having a baby, your core muscles and tendons are stretched out. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that they can not be strong again.
The first and healthy step to strengthening your tummy muscles is what we call in the dance world “holding your center”, which simply means flexing your tummy muscles. Start by holding the flex for 10 seconds at a time, for 5 rounds. Then, as you feel stronger, increase the number of seconds. You can repeat this process throughout the day. Don’t forget to breathe!
The first week or so of doing the core fundamentals, you will most likely feel weaker than expected. I remember feeling the exact same way when something that I have been doing for years as a dancer was suddenly surprisingly hard. But like I said before, give yourself grace Mama. You just grew a person for nine months!
WALK THE WALK
After being approved by your doctor, walk the walk. Walk every walk. Walk all the walks.
They are such a great way for you to get out of the house (which let’s face it, is rare with a newborn), get much-needed fresh air and vitamin D, and get moving.
Nothing’s worse than feeling bloated after you have given birth! There are many ways to battle the bloat, such as eating enough food, purposefully eating anti-inflammatory foods (This is a good Anti-inflammatory example from www.cottercrunch.com), take out or reduce dairy and gluten from your diet, and take digestive supplements.
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Lastly, remember that whether you had a vaginal birth or C-Section, bringing a baby into this world is hard. In this case, we should be nothing but nice to our bodies. Even at what feels like its weakest state, it is strong and beautiful!