This is not my usual kind of post. In fact, there's no children's literature mentioned. But lots of my readers are moms like me and I wish someone had told me about this sooner, so now I'm telling you. I'm not implying you need this, because, well, obviously I can't see you. Plus I think you look great. I'm just giving you the information in case you do need this. Or know someone who does. And now that we've got that cleared up, I have a confession...
My "baby" will be three years old this fall. And I still look kinda pregnant. My abdominal muscles separated during my first pregnancy and got worse with my second. To be honest, with two little ones, I just put it out of my mind. I'd heard crunches only made the problem worse, but I wasn't sure what else to do. At my last doctor appointment, I asked her to confirm what I already knew. My abdominal muscles hadn't magically come back together while I was busy chasing two little ones around. In fact, she told me picking up my kids is almost certainly making the problem worse. I'll admit that I was a little sad when the doctor didn't recommend some miraculous, painless and risk-free surgery with a bonus liposuction thrown in. What she did recommend was mini crunches. Um. Wha? I knew crunches were bad, but mini crunches? No idea. What I did know was that I most certainly was not going to spend time doing mini crunches if they were going to make the problem worse. So I started doing some online research and found Bounce Back Fast. A little late for the "fast" part, but I'd be happy with just bouncing back.
Bounce Back Fast! There's both a book and DVD available. I couldn't wait to try the DVD.
There's tons of great information for post natal moms. There are two different workouts called "Gentle First Moves" and "Bounce Back Fast!". The second workout comes in two versions, one regular and one for abdominal separation. Helene is very thorough so that you can be sure you're doing the exercises correctly. Turns out I actually can do certain forms of crunches (oh joy) using the resistance band provided with the DVD to splint my midline (Don't I even sound super fit?). I have only done the workout a few times, but I already can feel a difference. I'm able to do hold the exercises for longer and I feel better about my body. I would definitely recommend this for new or, um, not-so-new moms.
*I received a complimentary DVD for review purposes. Opinions are my own.