How Do I Tighten My Stomach After Having a Baby?

Postpartum woman doing yogaPregnancy changes your stomach in many ways. Some of those changes disappear, but others may stick with you for weeks, months, or even years. Here are several suggestions, from postpartum exercises to tummy tuck surgery, that can firm and flatten your waistline.

Start Exercising After Pregnancy

Exercise offers a wide range of benefits for postpartum women. Not only can it help strengthen and tone your abdominal muscles, but it can also boost energy, relieve stress, and promote weight loss. 

Wondering where to start? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week. Begin with simple abdominal and back exercises and work up to more intense physical activities. 

Don’t Skip Muscle Strengthening

Cardio exercise is great, but it shouldn’t be your entire workout. Add strength-training moves to tone and sculpt your muscles. Increasing your muscle tone may also improve the appearance of loose stomach skin to a certain degree.

The ACOG suggests targeting your entire body with exercises like yoga, pilates, or weightlifting. From there, you can incorporate Kegel exercises to help tone your pelvic floor muscles. Complete muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week for best results. 

Consider Tummy Tuck Surgery 

Sometimes exercise alone isn’t enough to achieve your body goals. You may find yourself dealing with hanging skin or stretched abdominal muscles that just won’t go back into place. In this situation, tummy tuck surgery might be your best option. 

It works by removing excess skin and fat while tightening the six-pack muscles. Not only does it offer cosmetic benefits, but it offers functional benefits too. Women often report an improvement in low back pain and urinary incontinence after the procedure.

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