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Healing your abs after pregnancy can feel challenging.
If you’re looking to finally heal your abs after pregnancy, you need my Ab Rehab and Pelvic Floor Restore program.
It is part of my bigger program, The Postpartum Cure – but I’ll tell you if you want solid postpartum healing so that you can feel like yourself again, you need this program.
If you suffer from bladder leakage, ab separation, back pain, and balance issues – it means you need to take your postpartum recovery and healing seriously.
The good news? You can 100% heal from pregnancy.
Ready to start healing? Check out The Postpartum Cure.
Let’s deep dive into the signs you need to spend time healing your pelvic floor and abs after pregnancy.
Prepregnancy Activity Level + Strength
Your activity level before pregnancy can really determine how your body will heal.
When your abs aren’t actively engaged through exercise they are going to be even weaker after pregnancy.
For example, if you have a desk job, you are most likely going to have weaker abdominal than if you were walking and standing all day.
Since your abs are likely weaker, it is affecting your posture after pregnancy.
Posture is a big part of healing postpartum and I cover it extensively in The Postpartum Cure.
Pregnancies Close Together
This is what happened in my own case – I had two pregnancies very close together.
Because of that, it didn’t leave much time for ab repair and pelvic floor healing – and, if I’m being honest, I didn’t realize how important spacing out pregnancies were to postpartum healing.
In fact, at first, I didn’t even try to heal after pregnancy and now I still have a small umbilical hernia and a two-finger gap.
I actually thought everything would just naturally heal – of course, that wasn’t what happened.
It’s that mistake and my journey to healing postpartum that lead me to create The Postpartum Cure.
So many women suffer from incontinence issues after pregnancy and might think it’s because of a weak pelvic floor.
I can tell you that incontinence is not always caused by a weakened pelvic floor.
Our pelvic floor muscles need to be engaged and relaxed, rather than super strong.
Yes, there is some strength that should be regained, but what is actually happening is that our minds have disconnected from our muscles, and we lose control hence the incontinence.
In The Postpartum Cure, we practice contracting and relaxing our pelvic floor.
I will never forget going through physical therapy after my first baby because of scar tissue that developed wear I tore, and she tested my pelvic floor.
I assumed my pelvic floor was weak because I had accidents. Not the case. She said my pelvic floor was strong, and activating well, but not relaxing as well.
I couldn’t believe it, but learning to control my pelvic floor again really helped!
If you are newly postpartum, you are going to have ab separation.
Your muscles need time to come back together so make sure you don’t jump right into ab exercises, okay?
Depending on your genetics, your abs may come back together quickly on their own.
If this isn’t your first pregnancy, your abs will be even more stretched and loosened.
While you don’t need to “test” yourself for diastasis recti right away after baby, you do need to identify if your abs are still separated 9 months to a year after pregnancy.
If there is still a large gap, you have diastasis recti.
You guessed it – I cover how to heal (and prevent) your abs after pregnancy.
No matter how long it’s been after pregnancy, know that you can heal and flatten your abs.
Are you suffering from low or mid-back pain?
Lower back pain can mean weakened ab muscles because your spine isn’t being supported properly.
During pregnancy, we get used to the pressure and weight pulling us forward, and our abs disengage as the baby gets bigger.
This pulls our back in an attempt to stabilize our balance and posture.
After the baby is born, we tend to continue walking and standing in the same position.
I speak extensively about posture while standing and walking, even while pushing the stroller to help train yourself to use your abs, rather than your back.
I hope you will join us in The Postpartum Cure – it’s the only program that is simple and not overwhelming as you heal postpartum.
We have exercises and nutrition that are totally doable as a new mom.
If you’re looking for support for your postpartum healing (so that you do it the right way!) and want diet tips with meal plans and recipes, please check out The Postpartum Cure.
The best part is that even with all the postpartum healing help, what I teach will not affect your breast milk supply. So, if you’re worried about healing and losing weight while breastfeeding, you don’t need to be!