I had a 22 inch waist before I had little man. It’s my one body part that always made me proud. My thighs are quite, um, healthy, and my legs rather, hmmm, petite? I have decent arms but no man has ever said “Wow, check out her arms!” So it was important to me to get my flat stomach back after having a baby.
I used a tummy wrap to belly wrap my tummy right after giving birth and shrink my belly, an old fashioned concept that has been around forever and recently made popular again after Brooke Burke declared she used one to flatten her tummy after each of her four kids. Stomach wrapping works to help shrink your belly and lose belly fat after pregnancy fast, along with a healthy diet of fat burning foods.
Belly wrapping made my tummy shrink and I looked like I had a flat tummy, but I still didn’t have that *tightness* I used to have, or the concave look yet. I actually had a belly like Brooke’s, even if the rest of me didn’t look quite like her. So a friend, an older woman who had several children and is in great shape shared a flat stomach exercise technique that works wonders (unlike stomach wrapping, this one actually requires work…sorry).
It’s a fabulous flat stomach exercise called tummy pulls or the tummy cincher, and basically works to pull your stomach inward by tightening the muscle that goes *around* your body (the transversus), and cinches the stomach muscles inward like a corset.
And this flat tummy exercise is easy to do. You just have to remember to do it daily (like Kegel’s):
1. Pull in your stomach quickly, and let it go (relax) in rapid pulses. When you pull in your stomach, imagine you are trying to pull your belly button backward to touch your back.
2. Do these quick tummy pull pulses about 50-100 times in quick succession. If you do this once a day, it will go a long way toward getting your belly back in shape, and quickly.
3. Keep doing it. Like any muscle (especially one that has been stretched) it needs to be maintained. If you remember to do it multiple times a day (100 three times a day or more would be awesome) you may just get into Brooke Burke territory, but really try to do at least 100 good pulls a day to get back that quarter bouncing tone.
With this flat stomach exercise and the Tauts belly wrap, I was able to get my prebaby flat stomach again and lose all the belly fat from pregnancy. I never thought I’d ever in a million years post a pic of my tummy on my blog, but to give you an idea (the red marks are from the waist band elastic):
Now if only someone would invent something for shrinking thighs after baby.
* Obviously, if you have medical conditions, had a c-section, had that condition where your tummy muscles split, or anything else that would make this a bad idea to do, then don’t to it. If you suffer from postpartum depression because of your post pregnancy stomach, you can try this tutorial on how to get back in shape. If you don’t have any issues that preclude it, and like thousands of other women realize that muscle building crunches and sit-ups don’t do anything for actually narrowing and pulling your waist *in*, try the tummy wrap and tummy pulling technique. They are oldies but goodies.