The Best Pilates Moves for Losing Baby WeightPosted on Aug 27th 2010 2:00PM by Holly St. Lifer
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Besides banishing belly flab, Pilates helps new mothers recover well from upper and lower back and pelvic pain and postural problems like stooped shoulders, a contracted chest and a forward-jutting head. "Christy's focus, for instance, was strengthening her arms and upper back, which got weak from carrying her baby all the time," said Ungaro.
Here are Ungaro's "as soon as you get home from the hospital" exercises:
Kegels: To reactivate your pelvic floor muscles, squeeze your rectum tightly. Hold for five seconds and concentrate on the tightening you'll feel within the vaginal canal. Release to a three count. Repeat five times.
Ab Wake-Ups: During breast-feeding, your uterus contracts and eventually returns to its original size. Help your abdominal wall do the same by pulling your abs in toward your spine, holding for five seconds and releasing. Continue for the length of the feed.
Do Ungaro's New Moms Part 1 - Find Your Abs series within the first few days of delivering your baby.
Then after four to six weeks and with your doctor's clearance, dive into her New Moms Part 2 workout a minimum of three times a week (but try to do it five).
Perform these moves on their own or integrate them into your larger workout routine. Increase your reps as you get stronger. Just remember to check with your doctor about when the right time is for you to begin an exercise routine after giving birth.
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