Tummy and waist back
Your tummy is obviously invovled in the biggest change during
pregnancy. Your uterus has to expand to make room for the baby.
This becomes heavier and your abdomen expands in partnership. So,
what happens after child birth? The extra stomach skin does not
automatically shrink back into place; instead, it flops over the
expanded underlying muscle, leaving you with a wobbly potbelly
instead of that flat and toned tummy of old.
… While today's supermodels can boast waists that average no
more than 24 inches, most of us are a little larger! The waists of
Hollywood's goddesses were envied by all. Judy Garland had a waist
measurement of approximately 22 inches when she made The Wizard of
Oz but that was before she had children. Marilyn Monroe's waist was
22 inches according to her dressmaker, but sceptics suggest it was
I conducted a mini-survey and asked several men which part of
their partner's body they would most like to go back to normal. The
most common response initially was 'libido!' I repeatedly explained
that this isn't actually part of the female figure.... on further
thought the most popular answer was the waist.
Hula the waist
The more you can slip exercise into 'fun time' the
more you are likely to do it. Try and share your activities with
the children; they benefit from spending this time with you and
they exercise too. Hula hooping is a great way to work your waist,
have a go in the garden with the children. Be careful with your
tummy after having had a caesarean, as twisting can pull on your
stitches. I still sometimes felt a slight pull two years on. If you
feel any pulling, stop.
'Do not think of your tummy as the enemy. Instead, worship your stomach; think of what it has done for you, how it expanded and protected your little one.'