Your Baby and You - page 38

Stomach Exercises
The deep stomach muscles are the most important stomach muscles to
exercise in the first six weeks after your baby is born. They help to support
the spine and pelvis and exercising them will help to flatten your tummy.
Starting sit ups too soon can further damage your tummy muscles and should
be avoided for 6 months.
Lie on your side with a pillow or cushion
between your legs and your knees slightly bent
First relax and let your tummy sag, then breathe in gently
As you breathe out again gently pull in the lower part of your tummy
and your pelvic floor together and then slowly release
Rest for a few seconds and then try again. Repeat four or five times with a
short rest in-between each one. Build up until you are able to hold each one
for a maximum of ten seconds and only repeat up to ten times.
You can also choose a different position. Try lying on your back with a pillow
underneath your head.
General Advice
Make sure that you are very careful in the first few weeks at home. Avoid
lifting anything heavier than your baby as much as possible. Avoid leaning
down to pick objects up off the floor, bend your knees and keep your back
straight instead. As you pick things up, tighten your pelvic floor and stomach
muscles to help you.
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