Getting Back in Shape: Tips for Reducing Tummy after C-Section Delivery


Although motherhood is a beautiful and fulfilling phase, most new mothers are also constantly anxious about the external changes in their body after pregnancy and try immediately to get back that trim and lean look. However, you need to give your body a break to heal after delivery, especially if you’ve had a Caesarean. Forcing yourself to lose those extra kilos after a C-section can be harmful to your body and may cause unnecessary complications. There are plenty of effective and safe ways for you to reduce your tummy after a C-section delivery. We’ll discuss how below.


Having a baby through C-section is much more complicated than a normal delivery, and so, it is quite important that the post-operative recovery should be done well. Don’t push your body to heal after a C-section; it will happen gradually. Wait for the stitches to dissolve and the cut to heal before doing any cardiac or weight-lifting activity. Tummy reduction is not easy even on its own and becomes all the more difficult if you have had a C-section delivery. This is because, during your recovery period, you may not be allowed to do abdominal exercises for some time. There are a few other, non-strenuous ways you can employ to get a visibly flatter tummy.


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Tummy reduction after C-section may seem daunting, but we assure you, it is easily achievable with the following home remedies:

Massage

The first two weeks after your C-section is a time when any complication associated with surgery will most likely arise. There is no problem with getting a post-pregnancy massage after those 2 weeks. These massages have the advantage to break up belly fat and also lose the fluids in your lymph nodes, thereby reducing your waistline. However, keep in mind to avoid the abdominal area during the initial days, and focus on the back, hands, and legs. 4 weeks after delivery, scar tissue will start to form, and your abdominal area can be massaged without pain.

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Move Your Body

A C-section can cut through some of your stomach muscles, resulting in a pouch of fat on your tummy. This causes stress on your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. So, it is important to wait 6-8 weeks after a C-section delivery before you attempt any aggressive exercise. One safe method you can employ is walking, as it is a low impact exercise and burns calories. Go for a walk at least 3 times a week. And you’ll notice your tummy getting flat soon.

Eat Healthily

All new mothers need high energy as they are lactating. So make sure your diet is rich in carbohydrates, low in fat and with sufficient vitamins and minerals. Avoid foods like sweets and those items which have saturated fats – ghee, fried foods, butter, and aerated drinks. Eat more fruits, vegetables and lean protein in your diet.

Tummy Binding

This is a method which you can do only after 2 months post your C-section delivery when the incision has fully healed. In this, the tummy is tied up with a muslin cloth like a bandage, pushing the stomach in.

Breastfeeding

This is one of the easiest ways to lose belly fat. Breastfeed your baby exclusively for 6 months after your C-section delivery. This will help reduce your stomach. Here are Some Tips That Will Make Breastfeeding A Walk In The Park For You.


Drink Lots Of Water

Drink plenty of water post-delivery. This will not only maintain fluid balance in your body but also burn excess fat around your waist.
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