How To Get A Flat Tummy After Pregnancy #Fitness

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.

Brooke Burke

She had four kids!!

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):

flat stomach photos

I had one (and no airbrushing)!

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.

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  • shalu

    my belly is too big after delivering twins. I look like am pregnant again. Will try this and let you know.ReplyCancel

  • RACHAEL

    my tummy still looks like im having 5months pregnancy after having cs for twin delivery, im always looking checking my tummy which i know is giving me problem, cos i cannot go out without wearing big top, iv been to phisioteraphy but not helping, my kids are 1yr now my doctor said it wont go back cos i had cs, please what is the way out. up till now im doing tummy tuckingReplyCancel

  • Marianne

    Penelope,
    Just wondering, How many weeks (?) between your start time and when you took the picture? Also, did you do 50-100 once a day, or more?
    Thanks! I’m pretty excited about this!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      I started with 100-200 daily and then for maintenance I do about 50-100 three times a week (once you are where you are happy, you don’t really need to do as much to stay there). Honestly, it took over a month, so it wasn’t that quick, but most exercises take some time to get the results you want. As time went by, even though I did less for maintenance, my stomach still became leaner and firmer (I never took further photos though).ReplyCancel

  • Corinne

    Hi, I had my son 8 months ago & I still have a wrinkly, saggy, jelly belly. Pre-pregnancy I had a very flat tummy and to see this mess on my midsection really is discouraging. I gained 60 lbs during my pregnancy, that’s a lot! I have 10 more lbs until I hit my pre-pregnancy weight. I think the only thing I am concerned about is if my belly will ever look the way it did before I got pregnant. I will try the exercise you have mentioned and see if it gives me results. I’ll be so happy if I get my tummy back.

    Btw, you look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Ryann Mancos

    My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different web address and thought
    I may as well check things out. I like what I see
    so now i am following you. Look forward to exploring your web page yet again.ReplyCancel

  • Neshea

    I want to get a corset so i can flatten my stomach & get my body back in shape. & have that nice curve my stomach isn’t really that big but i still wanna flatten it.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki

    Your tummy looks fantastic! You’d never guess you had a baby! How long did it take to get your tummy that flat? Did you do any other exercises as well as these? I’m having my second baby in 2 weeks and I’m dreading how my tummy will look afterwards. It took about 5 months to get my tummy back to normal with my first baby, and that was without exercising, just keeping super busy with my son! I’m really looking forward to giving this exercise a try after my daughter is born!ReplyCancel

  • Uigess Tupuola

    Dear Penelope
    I have a bby boy his 2years old now but still tryin to get my belly flat like before, and when i read this i was amazed on how u make yours flat, can u mail me more info plsReplyCancel

  • Emily Robinson

    Question, I did not hear about postpartum wrapping until today.. and I had my child a month ago.. Will the wrap still work this late after I had my daughter? I don’t want to buy one and it be too late to use..ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      Yes, a month having past is not too late! Start asap! The sooner you start the better (within 3 days is best) but many women start after six months and still see a benefit, so I’d start wrapping my tummy as soon as I could get my hands on one.ReplyCancel

  • sharon

    Hi I had 2 kids in the last two years. I’ve been trying to loose my extra skin. Is this exercise also to tighten loose skin? I can feel my ABS under the skin but can’t seem to be able to tightening it. Any advice? Ps I had my last child all natural 6 months ago.ReplyCancel

  • D

    Hi, what kind of wrap did you use?? Like the name of it?ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      The one I used was called Baboosh, but there are many to choose from that are very effective.ReplyCancel

  • Kofoworola

    Hi penelope,

    So you are saying that 6 months after one has had a baby that wrapping the belly and the tummy exercise may still work?ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      Yes, just start asap- the results won’t be as dramatic but it’s not until about 18 months after the baby is born that it’s useless to start wrapping the stomach. If you start to use belly wrap at six months, that is good, even a year has some benefits (the sooner after birth the better, but it’s not to late to get a tummy wrap and start using it now)ReplyCancel

  • Cheryll

    I tried exercise and get flat tummy but i look like stretch and look funny tummy :( how can I get back my flat tummy since I have three kidsReplyCancel

  • trishawn hemsley

    wow nice tummyReplyCancel

  • rose

    I just had a cs 4 weeks ago they gave me a band to wear,I’ve been wearing it ever since, my question is how long should I keep wearing it?ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      If it is a band to help shrink the uterus and stomach faster, I would wear it for at least six months.ReplyCancel

  • viviana

    Hi had my baby five months ago on the 18 shell be six mo. Is it too late to try this belly wrapping and exercise? And were can I get this belly wrapping thing and what is it called?ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      Hi Viviana, there are several companies that make tummy wraps, or you can make one at home with an ace bandage that is very wide and wrapped nice and tightly around your stomach (but not so tight that it cuts off circulation). Six months is late but not too late, I would definitely start now!ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love this exercise. Thank you for sharing this. How soon can you see results if you did 300 a day?
    CarolReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      I saw results pretty quickly (within a week) because it’s basically pulling inward, like a corset.ReplyCancel