How to Firm Stomach after Pregnancy

According to doctors weak stomach muscles lead to poor posture which, in turn, is responsible for lower back pain, sciatica, joint pain and inflammation. So, flattening your abdomen be it before or after childbirth is not only essential for looking good but also for your overall health.

firm stomach after pregnancy

Generally, you should not begin serious abdominal work until your pelvic floor is strong again. At two months after childbirth, you can begin abdominal work, starting with floor exercises. if you’ve had a C-Section, stick to floor exercises for about eight months. Avoid exercises done while lying on your back with both legs in the air.

Test how ready are you for exercises?

Lie on your back with your head on the floor. Place your hands behind your neck and slowly lift your head toward the ceiling. Hold that position, now place a finger just above the belly button and press down gently. Generally you will feel a gap in between the muscles. See how many fingers (if any) you can get into the space. It will determine your abdominal muscle gap – if it is one finger then you may do all the exercises – if it is two or more you need to be really careful.

Exercises to reduce your tummy:

• Single-leg circle: Lie on the mat with your arms by your sides and your palms facing down. Raise your left leg toward the ceiling, and rotate it slightly outward. Inhale, and trace a circle on the ceiling with your left leg. Moving your whole leg, but keeping your hips still. Trace the circle 5 times in a clockwise direction and then 5 times in anti-clockwise direction. Switch legs and repeat 5 times.


• Abdominal crunches: Place your hands behind your head or crossed in front of you whichever is more comfortable. Bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the floor. When you raise up, be sure you are exhaling and when you lower your back, be sure to inhale. Pay attention to your breath as it will help you train muscles and makes the crunch much more effective. Perform 2-3 sets of 20-25 repetitions. You should really feel your abs working by the time you get close to 20.


• To strengthen the muscles which help you do sideways bending, the position should be lying on your back with one leg straight and the other knee bent. Your hand should be lying gently on your stomach just above the straight leg. Now, try lengthening the straight leg by stretching your heel taking care not to move your bent knee. Keeping your knee straight and shortening the leg, pull your heel slowly towards you and feel the muscle tighten under your hand. Relax and repeat with the other leg.

Also read:
Yoga Exercises During Pregnancy
A-Z Guide to Pregnancy Weeks
How To Stay Fit and Look Good During Pregnancy
Pregnancy- Myths, Diet and Abortion
Pregnancy : Best Delivery Option
Beauty Regimen After Pregnancy
Post Pregnancy Abdominal Exercises
How to Firm your Breasts
How to Firm Loose Neck Skin
How to Firm Sagging Breasts
14 Ways To Confirm Pregnancy without Pregnancy Kit


30 thoughts on “How to Firm Stomach after Pregnancy

  1. me too want before after pics like the first pic here …… :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa:
    i could not clearly make out ” how to feel a gap in between the muscles” :nababana:

  2. u kno, my neighbor suggested me to get a belt for the stomach… the broad elastic one .. i tied tht after 20 days of my delivery date n it worked… i wont say tht my tummy is bak to the flat shape again but its not flabby too… :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji:
    need to do sum exercises but no time.. 😐 😐 😐

    1. Hi nids, how old is ur baby?
      i too got that belt but i used it after 2 months of Delvry as i had a c-sect. but i discontinued using it due to summers it was uncomfy…. my baby is 8months now, will it be useful if i tie the belt now?

      i can totally understand ” no time for exercise” :pain:

      1. hi firdous
        i used the abdomen belt too 🙂
        my baby is 6months n i still use it sometimes and i find it useful
        u can use it even under loose clothes when u go out
        it really helps
        i had a csec as well
        u can use it now too :yes:

        1. thanks neha, will try it now, my Gynec said it shud be regularly used till the baby turns 1 year so see real “effects” of tummy tucking in…. but lazy me, i stopped using it 🙁

  3. After two kids , I have accepted the fact that I’ll never have a flat stomach again…….I guess it requires too much effort 🙁

    Great article though & very informative

  4. Ohh nice artical… I too want dis badly but my bad luck can’t do it ryt now as I had C section just before two mnths… is it necessary to wait 8 mnths after C-section?

  5. Plz advice me hw to lose weight. My baby z 7mnths olds and i had c- section delivery.. I look much older than my age. Im 26 years old.

  6. Hi all…I too had c section 1.5 mth back. I heard about this tummy tuck belt use to reduce tummy size. I have still 6/7 mth pregnant looking tummy and increased butt thigh area too :(. I want to try this postpartum /maternity tummy belt but I am confused about which type will suit me..I mean corset type or else and of which brand. Anybody who can guide me plz 🙂

  7. Hiiii…….alll m anu 25 yr I had a c section baby …nw my baby 5 month n I also use tummy belt it work bt nt to much m regularly wear my tummy belt…plz suggest som tip to reduce belly. …

  8. Hiiiii i am 24. My baby is 14 months old i had normal delivery. After delivery i had used tummy belt that tym it was gud but after sumtym my tummy is luking like same as looked just after delivery! So please any1 suggest me how to reduce belly! Please kindly any1 suggest!

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