Exercise after a C-Seciton...

Lisa - posted on 01/09/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter is now 3 months old, and I finally have some energy to exercise. I tried doing some crunches and some yoga but found that it really hurt that area around and under the scar. Keep in mind I didn't have anything close to a defined and toned belly before getting pregnant. What are some good exercises to start with that might not cause so much pain. Things I can do at home and don't need equipment.

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Crystal - posted on 01/09/2009

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I have had two c-sections and it can be painful. I would recommend just taking it easy. You just had a kid and major surgery. It takes time (even though no one wants to hear that), but it does. Just for now do something simple like walking. Then after a couple of months or so you can go from there. Every one is different when it comes to healing so maybe your body just needs a little bit longer.

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Start out easy and take some long walks. However if you are wanting to focus on your belly, try flexing. You don't have to flex for a sit-up or crunch. While standing or sitting or laying down, just flex your abs and hold it. Then release and do it again. I actually get my tummy fairly flat and keep it that way just by working myself up to a constant flex. It does however become second nature after a while and I do it without realizing it.

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Sarah - posted on 07/27/2016

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Samia, you need to get your doctor to say it is ok to exercise. Starting too soon can cause a lot of damage to your abs and your uterus.

Samia - posted on 07/27/2016

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heyy..
I had C section two months ago
really want to start aerobics.
when can i start??
i had infection too in my stiches now healed.
what abt the internal stiches??
wont they at risk when i do stretching side to side??
help...

Andreea - posted on 01/10/2009

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I had a C-section in 2004 and didn't really start exercising for the first 5 months or so.  When I did, I started out with swimming because I felt that being in water took off some of the gravity and helped strengthen my abdominal area.  Later on, I moved on to doing crunches and other abdominal exercises.  But honestly, even though I exercise 3 to 5 times per week, I still have what I call a little pizza dough down where the C-section was.  Good luck :)

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Part of the pain you are experiencing is the nerve endings reconnecting & doing their thing! It is actually good to do the exercises that get them licking in, I am a pilates instructor & have had a c-section (4 yrs later I still have numbness & occational nerve discomfort). I agree with Melanie Mitchell get yourself a stability ball (make sure you get the right size for your height & leg length). Simply sitting on the ball vs a chair works wonders (we don't even have a chair at the Studio, it's a ball) you can use the ball to do crunches & sit-ups with a greater range of motion to offer extention. you can also lay on the floor thighten your abs and lift your legs to a 45 degree angle, hold it for a count of 20.... build up to a full count of 100. This will work the lower abs that everyone forgets about that crunches & sit-ups dont do anythign for. WATCH YOUR BACK if you do these as most people (cheaters) tend to hold their legs up with back muscles, it defeats the goal! Good Luck

Valerie - posted on 01/09/2009

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After my c-section, I started with walking and a lot of stretching. Reconstructing your stomach muscles is not going to happen overnight. So if you feel like you are ready for some crunches start with "cheating" and having your feet stuck under the couch. The litte extra help really works and it will slowly rebuild your abdominal muscles.

Michelle - posted on 01/09/2009

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id try some light streching first to get the muscle supple again because i will feel very tight around the area.i had a c section that whent wrong and had to have two more operations after and was ill for a long time,finaly when i could get out of bed i was almost bent over double because my muscles had tightend that much, it took a long time and a lot stretchin and was very painful but it will get better.

Hala - posted on 01/09/2009

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hi its normal to start to excercise after c section but try tot to start before the 40 days of delivery and try to start with a soft excercises

Kellie - posted on 01/09/2009

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My tummy hurt after my C-Section and my sister who is a Physical Therapist explained to me that it was because of the scar tissue from the sx.  She recommended I massage my scar a few times a day to help break up the scar tissue.  That will help relieve the pain you're having.  As far as getting back in shape you just need to find something that works and stick to it.  Once you don't have to worry about the pain you're experiencing from the scar tissue things will be easier.  I lost my baby belly by running and doing some pilates.  I still have a little belly but I'm working on it.  My son is almost 3, but I didn't start exersicing until he was over one.  I would definitely massage your scar.  I know woman that still have pain in that area because they never worked the scar tissue.  I don't know why we aren't advised to do it when we go home by the Dr.

Tracy - posted on 01/09/2009

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I found cycling helped a lot to tone up my stomach, not serious cycling but for fun like going to the shop or 20 mins me time.

Melanie - posted on 01/09/2009

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I found the stablity ball to be a great tool. I still have issues with my abdominals..as in...no matter what I do, they're still a bit floppy... after my c-section (12 years later) so be patient with yourself.  Simply sitting on the ball helps with core strength. Also, try water areobics. The water takes some of the pressure off that gravity inflicts. Some of the core-strength aqua exercises are great.

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