Do Exercises Help Tighten and Firm Loose Skin on the Tummy and Thighs Caused By Pregnancy?

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You spent nine long months carrying your baby and now you don't recognize your body. You're not alone. Most women have trouble losing post-baby fat, especially in the thighs and abdomen. If you regularly worked out prior to and during your pregnancy, you will lose the weight more quickly. A goal duration for losing the baby weight and toning your body is three to nine months post-pregnancy. So, once you've been cleared by your physician to exercise, try these simple, effective steps to firm your post-baby tummy and thighs.

Firming Loose Post-Pregnancy Skin on Tummy and Thighs

Breastfeed if you are able and your baby is not allergic. Breast milk is 50 percent fat and contains enriching nutrients for your infant's growing body. You can burn up to 500 calories a day and lose belly fat, according to Judith Reichman, M.D., of MSNBC.com.

Rub a skin firming cream around the tummy and thighs twice daily, such as Lamaze Post-Pregnancy Rejuvenating Cream or Nivea Body Skin Firming Moisturizer Q10 Plus.

Perform 30 to 200 abdominal crunches daily. Do crunches on an exercise mat or the carpet with your knees bent, holding your baby in front of you for resistance and some special bonding time.

Perform 30 to 90 lunges daily. Alternate legs, stepping back far enough that you can look down and see your big toe. Keep your chest up and stomach tight.

Walk. Stride at a fast pace and push your baby in a jogging stroller to firm your tummy and thighs.

Tips

To add diversity to your abdominal workouts, buy a stability fitness ball. They are inexpensive and allow for a wider range of motion, thus a more effective ab workout. For the more advanced mom, try single-leg lunges with one foot back on a chair. Do 15 to 30 lunges on each leg. Pregnancy-Info.net recommends organizing a new moms walking group with women in your neighborhood. This will provide you with the chance to get outside and add some socialization and accountability to your post-pregnancy workout.

Warnings

According to Dr. Reichman, if you gained more than the recommended 20 to 25 pounds during pregnancy or if you haven't lost the weight within six months post-pregnancy, you are statistically likely to be 20 pounds heavier 10 years later. The odds are greater if you were overweight prior to getting pregnant.

If you are breastfeeding, it is recommended that you breastfeed your infant before you work out, as post-exercise milk can turn sour due to lactic acid buildup, according to Pregnancy-Info.net. This will also be more comfortable for you since your breasts will not be full during your workout. Be sure you are performing lunges correctly, with your feet spread apart wide enough that there is a 90 degree angle in your bent leg as you lunge. This will reduce knee injury.

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