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C-SECTION. WAT KIND OF EXERCISE FOR SAGGING TUMMY

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CATHY_CRAM_MS
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11/9/06 5:47 P

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Check out the postpartum exercise section in the resource center. You'll find great exercises for new moms there.
Before you start any exercise program please check with your doctor to make sure you're fully healed and it's safe for you to start a fitness program.

I'd suggest starting with light walking, say 20 minutes of gentle walking and see how you feel. If you don't have any discomfort or increased bleeding you can start to increase your duration and frequency. A good start would be 3 days a week for 20-45 minutes building 5 minutes every week or so and adding more days as you feel ready. Down the road I'd add some strength training (3 days a week) and lots of stretching. You'll find all the strength training and stretching exercise demos in the resource center fitness section!
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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 www.amazon.com.

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PREGGYEMMA
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11/8/06 10:03 A

 
 
Hi fonte,
nice to meet you. congrats on ur baby. It must be hard for you rite now. Rest and recuperate as much as you can. Walking is a good way to start. I am sure you will get all the advices from the ladies here.

take care..and god bless.
emma

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11/8/06 9:31 A

 
 
I had a c-section about 3 weeks ago and really would like to start work back to pp weight. But I am not sure where to start or what to do. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

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11/7/06 9:01 P

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Hope you feel better soon!
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CATHY_CRAM_MS
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11/3/06 1:12 P

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Emma-
We're all supporting you and sorry to hear about your nephew. What sad news.
Please keep me posted on how you're doing and remember that little bits of exercise add up!
Cathy


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 www.amazon.com.

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

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11/3/06 1:10 P

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JEANIEB-
Adhesion problems aren't uncommon after a surgery and can be effectively treated with scar mobilization if the adhesion is more superficial. A PT would be a great idea, but if that's not financially an option you can try doing the scar mobilization yourself.
First, the scar has to be fully healed and stitches absorbed or removed before you manipulate the scar.
Once the scar is healed you can start with gentle massage by rolling the scar between your fingers. You'll feel the harder scar tissue below and less movement between the deeper tissue-that's the adhesion.

You should spend several minutes every day gently massaging the scar and plucking the tissues up between your fingers to massage. Roll the skin in both a horizonal and vertical direction. You shouldn't feel any pain when doing this, but you will feel the tissues below pull a bit-don't use force, just gentle movements.

Over time you'll notice the scar thinning and becoming less stuck to the tissue below. In addition, the appearance of the scar will improve!

I would discuss this technique with your doctor before you try it and see if she can help you with this technique.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions and remember to wait for the scar to heal before you start massaging.
Cathy

Edited by: CATHY_CRAM_MS at: 11/3/2006 (13:10)


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 www.amazon.com.

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

PREGGYEMMA
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11/3/06 11:10 A

 
 
Hi ladies,
I am so sorry for the late reply. Had a busy day for the past few days. My nephew passed away so was involved in it.

I just read all the advices...thank you and im so touch. Like wat you all have mentioned..its a matter of time right. I am doing my exercises and keep reminding myself that I will have to keep doing it and not stopped it. I am also to be blamed in fact. My eating habits are very wrong..sometimes. I am so addicted to gasy drinks esp coke. I keep telling myself to stop this sweet drinks. I cld follow one two days but after come back to square one. Its all in the will power.
Thanks for the advices from cathy. I will keep doing cardio. I will take my own time and not bother abt anyone..anyway if they keep saying those remarks..just accept it and work my way to a slimmer and happier person.

Thank you once again.
emma


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11/3/06 1:01 A

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Ok ladies, I am new so you have to bear with me. I don't know all of the abbr. yet. I am recovering from my 4th and final c-section. I was told by my dr that I have an adhesion problem because of the scar tissue. Anyone else??? This is what is contributing to the overhang of skin that won't go away no matter how much I excercise. Does anyone know of any way to help with this issue??? She told me to see a PT but I can't even afford the co-pay right now. Thank you for your help!!!

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11/2/06 10:28 A

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The combination of cardio exercise to burn fat and abdominal exercises to strengthen the tummy muscles is the ticket. Both are needed to address the two issues of excess belly fat and weak abs.

After your baby is born the recti muscles that span from your lower rib to your pelvis need to tighten back together (reducing the widening of the connective tissue between the two muscles that occurs to allow room for your baby to grow). The muscles of the lower abdomen (below the belly button) also need to be targeted.

The Sahrmann exercises featured in the babyfit PP exercise demos were developed specifically for PP women. They are progressive and slowly and effectively strengthen and tighten your tummy,

You can find them at this link:
http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/m
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Cathy


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 www.amazon.com.

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

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You know the belly syndrome is something else. I have been working out pretty regularly for 5 months. My youngest is 11 months old. I am lighter than I was when I got pregnant but the belly is still a little bigger than it used to be (at this weight).

I have found that the cardio really makes me feel better and is motivating. I also find that because my legs and arms are toning up I feel sexier, so my confidence is up.

I am not one for much in strength training or abs crunches etc so I know that is part of the reason my belly hasn't pulled in yet too! I am trying water aerobics this week hoping those exercises help with the abs. I have never liked sit ups or crunches so I am trying some classes to see if they will help strengthen my back and ab muscles.

Good luck to everyone.


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MOMTO3BOYS85
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11/1/06 4:56 P

 
 
I had a csection as well and have the pooch belly syndrome, I agree with the cardio, I do Leslie sansone walk away the pounds dvds and they are really nice and dont take much time to do either. check them out.

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11/1/06 9:41 A

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I delivered my son (vaginally) this past July, and my tummy is also very loose and saggy. I don't think the loose skin every goes away....?? I'm not depressed about the changes in my body, but I am definitely working my butt to get the last 24 pounds off (I gained 60!!). Since I started doing tae bo 2 months ago....going for power walks...and now starting up with jogging again, I have lose 11 more pounds, but still have this 24 to go. But I don't think my flabby tummy will go anywhere.


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I did not have a c-section, but I also have the saggy belly. My little one was born almost 2 months ago. I have started very slowly on a cardio program that was approved by my doctor. Just start slow at first. I have already seen some improvement. I do not know much about how hard it is to regain that pre-pregnancy tummy after a c-section, but I do agree with the ladies that say a cardio program works great.


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Hi Emma,

I had a c section as well and I just wanted to let you know that it's true what the other women on here have told you about the cardio. I had a really flabby stomach too and I wondered if it was ever going to go back to normal and I know at 3 month PP it was still pretty saggy. I have to say that the thing that has helped me most is cardio work outs. I run on the treadmill 5 days a week and since I started doing this my stomach has really flattened out. It's not perfect, but it's on it's way back to normal. Just give yourself time. You had a baby 3 months ago and that's not really that long ago. If you start exercising I'm sure you'll see improvement and I know after I've done my run for the day I always feel way better about myself. And don't listen to other peoples' negative comments to you. As hard as it is I would just ignore them. Good luck to you!

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TAMMY255
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10/31/06 7:59 P

 
 
Hi Emma,
I also had a C-Section and have recently begun to exercise. It has been almost 4 months since I had my baby. I can see my progress occurring only in "baby steps". I suggest you try e-bay for the video. Many years ago I purchased some exercise videos that were no longer available through retail. They were good quality; in fact, I still use them.

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I just tried this link and it did take me to the Sahrmann exercises, so why don't you try it again. http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/mys
park/post-pregnancy-exercise-d
emos.asp

Let me know if you aren't able to find them.
Cathy


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 www.amazon.com.

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

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10/30/06 7:58 P

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Hey Emma,
Cathy's right! Don't listen to them. I had the same problem after my c section and the aerobic exercise helped the most.
You can do it!

I never tried Denise Austin. Sometimes you can get good workouts free on TV too.
Yoga is great too.

Good luck
Deb

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Dear Emma,
There are several factors that can contribute to the tummy problem you describe:
-weak abdominal muscles
-excess tummy fat
-lax skin
All of these conditions can occur PP, especially after a c-section, but don't despair, you can help to tighen your abdomen and fit back into your clothes!
First of all, cardio exercise will help burn calories and get rid of excess fat, and abdominal exercises will helps strengthen your tummy muscles. Lastly, time and a high quality diet will help your skin repair.

Do check out my favorite PP abdominal exercises-they were designed especially for helping PP women tighten their lower tummy.
Here's the link to the exercise demos here:
http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/m
yspark/post-pregnancy-exercise
-demos.asp

Also, try to work up to 40-60 minutes of cardio exercise 4-6 days a week over the next months. That'll help you lose the baby weight faster and improve your tummy profile.

Please don't allow anyone to comment on your body-if someone is rude and thoughtless enough to say something to you just walk away. A c-section is a major surgery and it takes time for you body to recover. You need to surround yourself with people who motivate you and help you reach your goals!
Cathy


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 www.amazon.com.

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

PREGGYEMMA
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10/30/06 10:48 A

 
 
HI there,
I had a c-section 3 months ago. I have not lost so much of weight and my tummy sags really terribly. I have enrolled myself with the fitness classes but i just want to know wat kind of exercise shld i do to get rid of my sagging tummy., I used to have waist size 30 and now its like 38. I am feeling so down that i cld not fit into my clothes and have to buy new clothes 3 times bigger than my usual ones. At work I cant stand all the remarks that I get. I know I shld not be bothered abt them or the remarks but I just cant help it.
Anyone here uses Denise Austin exercise dvds. I am a great fan of hers. She has a new dvd called "bounce back after baby". I cant seem to see it anywhere in Singapore. I cant purchase it online as they only do shipping within the usa and canada. I really want to get the dvd as she has a special segment for c-section. I just hope I will be able to get it soon. Any advise from you guys..
thanks in advance

Sad Emma
I am sorry for being so long winded...


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