POSTPARTUM VIDEO: 12-Minute Pilates Abs WorkoutMat Exercises to Whittle Your Middle after Baby
NOTE: This exercise routine is intended for use before and after pregnancy. Postpartum women need clearance from a health-care provider before starting a workout regimen.
For more information on regaining strength in the abdominals after pregnancy, read Post-Pregnancy Core Rebuilding.
If you are recovering from a cesarean section make sure your incision is fully healed and your doctor has given you the go-ahead to get started with abdominal strengthening exercises before using this video. When you do get started with these exercises, take frequent breaks, and go at a pace that feels comfortable. Don't force any exercises or push to the point of discomfort. It will take time for your body to build or regain strength, so slow, careful progression will help you build muscles without injury.
If you experience any discomfort or pain while doing any of these exercises try modifying the movement by slowing down the pace and shortening the length of movement, or stop and rest at more frequent intervals. If modifying the exercise doesn't reduce discomfort, then discontinue that exercise.
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About This Workout
This workout will help you strengthen (and stretch) your abdominals, obliques and lower back-without any equipment. Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 11 Pilates exercises (plus stretches) for a complete core challenge. If you're new to Pilates, we recommend that you watch our short Intro to Pilates video first.
Catherine Cram, MS, author of "Fit Pregnancy for Dummies" and one of BabyFit's Resident Maternal Fitness Experts, approved these videos and their content.
Looking for more exercises? Browse our exercise demos here.
Need more info about rebuilding your core? This article can help.
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