Importance of Postpartum Abdominal Exercises

The First Step

Women, this one if for you! So, you just had a baby? Congratulations on motherhood! This is an exciting time in a new mother’s life. It’s never to late to start your postpartum fitness routine, but the earlier, the better. Post pregnancy, a new mother needs to address the abdominal muscles before anything else.

Diastasis Recti Abdominis

The body goes through many changes during pregnancy. One of these changes in particular, lingers and greatly affects the body after delivery. It is called Diastasis Recti Abdominis. During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles separate as the baby grows. This separating causes a gap between the muscles. You need to address this first postpartum. Think of your body like a corset. After having a baby, you need to lace up the abdominal muscles like a corset before more strenuous exercise can be performed. 

Protect Against Injury

Working on your abdominal muscles may seem purely aesthetical, but it is actually all about function. The abdominal muscles support the spine and lower back, protecting against injury. Your risk of injury is higher after pregnancy because those abdominal muscles have been separated and compromised. This is why it is so important to slowly start repairing them. Simple exercises, such as basic breathing and the Sahrmann Exercises, are necessary to rehabilitate these muscles.

Prepare For More Intense Exercise

If you jump straight into strenuous exercise without this crucial component of support, there is a very high chance of injury. Basic abdominal exercises after pregnancy, are designed to prepare you for more strenuous and intense exercise. You can return to your full workout only when the abdominal muscles have been restored. Your body just went through a lot. You don’t want to do too much too soon without the proper preparations first. The last thing you would want is a back injury that will put you out for six months after you’ve just had a new baby.

Now You Know

Abdominal exercises are the most important thing to do after having a baby. This includes pelvic floor exercises, such as Kegels, basic breathing, and simple Sahrmann exercises. During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles separate, causing Diastasis Recti Abdominis. This can put the spine and lower back in a compromising position, increasing the risk of injury. This is why it is so important to address and rehabilitate the abdominal muscles before more intense exercises are performed. Talk to a trainer today to learn about how you can start on a program to repair these abdominal muscles postpartum.


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