So you’ve just given birth and you are wondering, “How long is it going to take for my belly to get back to normal”? Well, it all depends on how much work you put into it. Your post-baby belly will certainly take time to slim back down, so patience is key!
“It usually takes six to eight weeks for your uterus to return to its normal size after you have given birth. And the extra fat you put on to nourish the baby starts burning off (especially if you’re nursing and exercising). But it takes at least a few weeks to notice results.”
Here is a more detailed description of the changes your body goes through after childbirth and what to expect.
The most important thing to focus on is health, for your sake and your baby’s sake.
If you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly you should be able to get rid of unwanted belly fat in no time!
1. Pelvic Tilts
Perform gentle pelvic tilts to bring your abdominal muscles back into shape. Lie on your back with your knees bent and place your feet flat on the floor. Exhale as you lift your tailbone up toward your navel while keeping your hips against the floor. Tighten your buttock muscles to protect your back, then slowly lower your pelvis back to the ground. Repeat this exercise eight to 10 times per day, stopping if you feel fatigued.
2. Leg Slides
Use leg slides to further tone your core after giving birth. The BabyCenter website recommends waiting until you are at least four to six weeks postpartum before trying this exercise. Lie on the floor with your knees bent. Tighten your core muscles and press your lower back against the floor, exhaling. Extend your legs, sliding them out along the floor slowly, keeping your abdominal muscles tight to support your back as you move. When your back starts to lift up off the ground, bend your knees and bring your legs back to the starting position. Rest and repeat eight to 10 times.
Further tone your abdominal muscles and get your body back to its pre-baby shape with crunches. An article on MSNBC.com recommends starting with one set of 10 regular crunches, working up to three sets of 20 crunches per day. For more of a challenge, move on to bicycle crunches. Begin lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Hold your hands behind your head, then lift your head and left leg, twisting to touch your right elbow to your left knee. Repeat with your right knee and left elbow.