Post C-section Abs

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Amrossi13

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Posted: 25 Feb 2009, 13:38
OK, so anyone else out there have the lovely (insert sarcasm here) post c-section (or baby in general) fanny-pack looking skin in their lower abdominal region that makes their belly button now look like it could pass for a second rear-end?

Men reading this, I do apologize, but this area is gruesome. I want to know how celebs who had C-sections get bikini clad again and not look like they have a front bum??

Any exercises you know of that work to tone and tighten that specific area and help eliminate that area without a scalpel??

Thanks!!
littlemp

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Posted: 25 Feb 2009, 14:59
I totally have that going on, but I have no clue how to fix it!
dd41270

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Posted: 25 Feb 2009, 15:06
Well..the "celebs" don't have it because nowadays you can have your C section AND a tummy tuck all at the same time. <sigh> Must be nice.

I've got that evil pouch too and have just started working with a personal trainer who says that cardio is the only way to lose the belly fat. Sure, you can tone the muscle underneath with ab work, but you can't lose the fat that way. It's all about getting up and gettin' to sweatin'.
Hang in there..I'm with ya!
Amrossi13

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Posted: 25 Feb 2009, 15:24
Sweet, so cardio and abs at the same time? Or cardio first and abs later?
MusicMom123

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Posted: 25 Feb 2009, 15:27
Yeah -- me too... The Badge of Motherhood, 18 years later.... still "hanging" LOL.... I used to do this Richard Simmon's 7 Day Stomach formula... You do it 7 minutes, 7 days a week for 7 weeks.... CRANK ON THE SIT UPS MAN !!! Well, anyhow -- the tummy is still there, pouchy-ish, but really I have seen SUCH an improvement since I have lost the weight... I think it will always be there, but we can certainly get rid of most of the underlying fat and work on it as best we can... I have accepted that I will probably never have a F L A T tummy again, but I am okay with it... It is, after all, a BADGE OF MOTHERHOOD. Smile

(but THANK GOODNESS my last two were VBACs !) YAY !
Very Happy

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Amrossi13

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Posted: 26 Feb 2009, 09:31
I found this Jillian (from the biggest loser) mini-video of ab crunches. First she does a set of traditional, then she does bicycle crunches, the pike crunches, the pike ones are targeted for the c-section area. I'm on it!! Haha. Only thing, is the whole floor thing KILLS my back. Any suggestions? I use a ball for regular crunches, but the bike and pike ones you need the floor?
back2mysize

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Posted: 26 Feb 2009, 15:05
I have that going on too...believe me it's not a nice sight! I work out everyday and I do cardio and weights
DeeVee

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Posted: 10 Mar 2009, 08:11
Hey girls, this is a little present to show that we are moms...
But if you do the treadmil with an incline of 12% and higher you definitely feel it. Keep it up!!
DeeVee
Dennymac

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Posted: 10 Mar 2009, 08:27
hi Amrossi.... without sounding stupid Razz what is the pike crunch? like the rest on here i also have that and have had for 14 years now.I dont know where you are all from but i have invested in the Davina Mcoll super body workout and in a week i feel a little bit better already! has Ab section workouts etc on it too Bonus! (maybe this is only in the Uk)
im not fat im fluffy!
Amrossi13

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Posted: 23 Mar 2009, 14:14
The pike crunch is when you lie on the floor, legs out, and arms straight up above your head (all on the floor)

Then you bring your legs straight up and your arms straight up like you're folding yourself in half.

Then back down. It was on something I found from Jillian on the biggest loser on YouTube.

Boy do you feel it
Jamrad

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Posted: 06 May 2009, 07:35
How many reps does Jillian say to do of each crunch? That's always my question. How many reps and how many sets of reps for each exercise to make a difference? Razz
beets_yum

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Posted: 10 May 2009, 20:07
The secret to getting rid of that baby belly, mummy tummy or whatever you want to call it is training not the 6-pack muscles but the transverse abdominis, which is a muscle that wraps around your middle like a girdle and pulls in your waist.

You work it any time you are balancing or doing other work that challenges your core. Thats why working on a ball or a foam roller is so effective at pulling in the belly.

Check out this site for info re post-baby abs. I have been doing a lot of pilates and other exercises that work the transverse abdominis with great results. You need to be careful about doing crunches. If you have an abdominal separation, doing plain old crunches can make that belly pooch worse.

http://www.befitmom.com/abdominal_reconditioning.html

I've put in a lot of ab work and my belly is almost flat, or as flat as it ever was. I haven't done one crunch. (Done similar stuff, but supported with a ball or done it in a very controlled way so I'm able to keep good form).

These are great, too: http://www.staleytraining.com/articles/other/stability-ball-exercises-for-6-pack.htm

Oh and I was curious too about the c-section/Britney tummy tuck thing and supposedly a good dr wouldn't do a tummy tuck right after the baby is born because the skin is too loose, so it wouldn't give good results---but I am SURE most celeb moms get one (+ boobs, of course) soon after. My pilates instructor says that any celeb who claims to have lost the baby belly in 3 mos just by breastfeeding is totally full of it. Made me feel better.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.
dm_lytle

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Posted: 10 May 2009, 20:36
I have been having trouble with the stomach area as well as most mothers. However instead of it being the lower abs it is the middle for me. My lower abs are flat as flat can be all the way up to where the top of my pants are. From under my ribs to the top of my pants is where my pooch is, I am not familiar with what muscles are where. LOL! I am doing close to 500 crunches a day, and not seeing a big improvement.
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beets_yum

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Posted: 10 May 2009, 20:48
Oh and it doesn't matter if you do cardio first or what. There was an idea floating around that if you work your abs before losing fat it would somehow make the fat hard or something (?). But it's not true. Cardio, strengthening and diet all at once is the best attack.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.
beets_yum

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Posted: 10 May 2009, 20:54
Dm, you might have a diastasis, or separation of the abs there. When you're pregnant, the 6-pack muscles separate to make room for the baby. They will move back towards each other, but in order to get those muscles closed you need to wrk the transverse abs. Read the befitmom link above for more info.

The separation can occur anywhere from right under the sternum down to right above the pelvis. (Anywhere along the 6-pack muscles.)

Crunches aren't likely to help and, until you make your transverse ab strong, can make things worse. If you strengthen that transverse ab muscle, it will pull your waist in. It can't get rid of loose skin, but it can pull the belly in towards your middle. I know I'm obsessive with this stuff, but I have put a lot of time into researching and working on this issue and I want to share my knowledge with other women. Every woman should know about these muscles!

In terms of where the pooch is, it also could just be genetics--different women will store fat differently.

In addition to making the belly look nicer, making the transverse abs strong will also help your back. If you have a separation, you are losing a lot of the ab support for the back, which makes your lower back have to work extra hard.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.
dm_lytle

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Posted: 14 May 2009, 12:02
Thanks a lot for your info. and it is very helpful. I am working very hard to get in shape and look good if there is something that I need to work on to get there I would rather know now than later.
Love isn't something you say, It is something you do!
mikep22045

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Posted: 11 Jun 2009, 08:49
i am a little hesitant to post but i think it must be said you cant spot reduce not now not ever .i see it in the gym and read it all over the place on this sight the media doesn't help by selling things that say use this machine on tour midsection and you will be fit as a fiddle in 5 weeks working out just 10 min a day . you will definitely see results from ab workouts because your stomach will not be distended which is your innards pressing on your abdominal wall . if you are a woman you will tend to put weight on your thighs and rear first and it will be the last place it will come off . for a male it will be the stomach . doing high sets of ab exercises are great and counts as cardio beets-yum said it best workout and eat right . and as far a celebrities go they all lie and anything can be fixed with the right amount of money . please don't get discouraged if you keep doing ab training and don't get the results you are looking for talk to your doctor or simply change your routine till you find out what works it is not the same for everyone .
good luck to all and your families



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