How to Tone the Abdominal Muscles After Childbirth

Exercising after childbirth will help you enhance stretched and weak abdominal muscles. According to the College of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, you can start doing stomach and pelvic exercises a day after childbirth if your healthcare carrier approves of it. Exercising your stomach muscles can help you more easily lift and carry your infant. You can find out different postpartum workouts to do in the convenience of your own house that concentrate on toning and reinforcing your stomach muscles.

Abdominal Breathing

Step 1

Lie on your back with a pillow under your head. Flex your knees and position your feet flat on the floor.

Step 2

Place your hands on your lower belly as you breathe out and draw your spinal column toward your lower abdominal muscles.

Step 3

Hold in your abdominal muscles for 10 seconds and afterwards launch them. Breathe generally as you hold the position.

Step 4

Repeat the stomach breathing workout approximately 10 times. You can also do the exercise while seated in a chair with feet flat on the floor and spinal column straight, or by standing upright with your weight uniformly distributed on both feet.

Curlups

Step 1

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Put a pillow under your head. The American Council on Workout suggests that you perform stomach curlups after you begin to strengthen your pelvic floor with pelvic-tilt workouts.

Step 2

Inhale and reach your hands toward your knees.

Step 3

Exhale, draw in your abdominal muscle and continue reaching your hands toward your knees as you raise your head and shoulders off the floor.

Step 4

Hold the raised position for 4 or five seconds, then launch your abdominal muscle and lie back down on the floor.

Diagonal Reaches

Step 1

Lie on your back with a pillow underneath your head. Your knees need to be bent and feet flat on the floor.

Step 2

Tighten your stomach muscles as you raise your head and right shoulder off the floor and reach your right arm across your body toward your left ankle.

Step 3

Return to pushing your back and unwind your stomach muscles prior to carrying out the stretch on your opposite.

Step 4

Tighten your stomach muscles as you raise your head and left shoulder off the floor and reach your left arm across your body toward your right ankle.

Step 5

Return to pushing your back and relax your stomach muscles.