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How to Lose Your Mommy Tummy

One of the hardest things that new mothers face is figuring out how to lose their mommy tummy.  The outer abdominal muscles become so stretched out during pregnancy that even once you have given birth and your uterus has shrunk back down to its normal size, it is very difficult to get those muscles back into pre-baby shape.

Even though it is difficult to get your stomach muscles back into super trim shape, it is certainly not an impossible task.  If you follow some basic guidelines you can see a noticeable change in your body, but you must not expect overnight miracles or instant fixes because the reality is that it takes some time.

Focus on Nutrition

There are a variety of things you can do to try to flatten your tummy and lose those extra pounds.  The first thing you need to do is realize that eating a healthy diet is a key component to getting back in shape.  While it is certainly difficult to find the time to prepare healthy meals (and even more difficult to find the time to sit down and actually enjoy them), you should plan to have foods on hand that are quick and easy to eat such as tuna, vegetable sticks, canned fruit, or handheld soups that can quickly be heated in the microwave and then consumed from the same container!

Try to make a habit of snacking on several small meals throughout the day. You can eat things such as a handful of cashews or almonds, cheese and whole grain crackers, fruit wedges, or slices of turkey, ham, or roast beef.  Just be careful that you do not eat too much at any one time or else you might wind up consuming far more food than you intended.

Exercise

While you certainly don’t want to jump right into exercise immediately after your baby is born, you will need to gradually start incorporating some walking into your daily routine.  As a general rule, new mothers need to wait for about six weeks after giving birth before they can start exercising again, but be sure to check with your doctor for permission before you begin an exercise program.

To help flatten and tone your tummy, however, you will need to do more than just walk.  One of the best ways you can do this is by focusing on your core muscles.  Your core muscles are technically known as the transverse abdominis and they lie behind the muscles that generally become separated while you are pregnant.

If you pull your belly button in towards your spine (without holding your breath) you will engage your core muscles, thus helping to strengthen them.  The trick is to make this activity a habit.  It is one of those things that can really be done anywhere; it is simply a matter of getting used to doing it.  If you walk around with your core muscles engaged most of the time, it will do more towards helping to flatten your tummy than doing endless amounts of crunches.

By Jamell Andrews

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