I look at my son everyday and I think the moment I saw him after my C-section was the happiest moment of my life. Despite the happy ending to get him here was no easy thing.
I really did not want to do a C-section, but on the day he was born the doctor thought it was best and I agreed. If I have other children they will be born in that manner as well so mentally I am prepared.
If you do not know what a C-section is, it is basically surgery to remove your baby where the doctor will cut through some of the muscles in the stomach. After the surgery you might end up with a pouch tummy after delivery.
The recovery time is much longer than vaginal delivery about 8 weeks, and to get your tummy back to normal takes a lot of work. The good news is, it is not impossible.
The one thing we would say is make sure your doctor has confirmed that you are completely healed and clears you for working out. Do you want to know how to snatch that belly into shape quickly? Here are 6 ways to do just that
1. Cardio – Specifically walking, but run if you can (get doctors permission for running)
You hear this all the time, walking can be the most valuable for of exercise for you and for baby if you do a stroller walk after you have healed a bit.
Walking engages your core muscles, after a while you will feel them start to tighten slowly which is what you need to happen. Gradually increase your distance as you start to feel better.
2. Strength training – full body
It might be tempting to do a lot of focus work on your abs but we are all for the full body exercises that engage not just one muscle but a combination of muscles.
Squats, clean and press, dead lifts, all of which should be done with very light weights. You do not need to lift heavy at this time, you still want to be very ‘cardio’ oriented as you train.