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Breastfeeding and belly fat

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7/12/06 10:47 P

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Congratulations on losing your baby weight so fast! As far as postpartum recovery goes, you're still in the early stages (your body can take up to 12 months to fully recover) so you'll continue to notice improvements over the next months.

The hormones of pregnancy and postpartum affect your fat stores and even water retention, and the skin of your abdomen will take time to tighten back up.

You can help hasten getting back your flat tummy by strengthening the muscles of your lower ab, and adding cardio exercise for at least 30 minutes 3-6 days a week.

The best exercises for improving your belly tone are the Sahrmann abdominal exercises. I've pasted the link below-it'll take you to the exercise demos on the babyfit site.

Start slowly with level one, and don't try and move ahead to the next level until you feel strong enough to master the prior level.

Please let me know how you do with these exercises and feel free to post any questions you may have!

Edited by: CATHY_CRAM_MS at: 7/12/2006 (22:48)

Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on

Cathy also provides Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Information and certification courses to Healthcare Professionals. Click here to learn more.

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Is it true that when you are breastfeeding you may keep some extra fat around your belly. I find that I have lost all of the weight (baby is 4 months), but I can't see to get my belly toned. It feels hard underneath, but there is still lots of muffin-top happening. I am pretty slim to begin with and I'm finding it hard to get used to my new body. Maybe I need to just give it some more time, but it's hard.

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