Great Core Exercises

One of the hardest part of getting your life back to normal after having your baby is how weak your core can be after birth. Whether you had a C-section or vaginal delivery, the weakness can vary but are both can be difficult to get back. Things such as getting of the couch or picking up your baby can be tough. Of course, you need to follow your doctor's orders about number of weeks off (normally 4-6 weeks) but here are some great exercises to get you started!

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Bicycle Crunches

These can be done in many variations. Level 1 is standing and taking your elbow to your opposite knee. Level 2 is laying down but keeping one leg on the ground as you switch. And Level 3 is as shown. These crunches are the overall best abdominal exercise because it hits every part of the stomach! Make sure to keep your lower back pressed to the floor at all times while doing this exercise.

Do about 3 sets of 20 switches.

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Leg Drops with Baby

These are so much fun because you get to involve your baby and see their cute expressions as you drop them down and up.

Lay on your back and brace your child on your shins while holding onto their arms. Keeping your legs bent at a 90 degree angle, tap your toes on the floor while keeping your lower back pushed to the ground. Pull them back up to the starting position as you play Peekaboo with your little!

Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

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Overhead Crunches

You can use a weighted object, your baby, or without any weight for this one! Hold the object in your hands right about your head. While engaging your core, life your upper back and head off the ground crunching and still lifting that object to the ceiling.

Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

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Side Oblique Crunches

These crunches will help strengthen your obliques and help with your balance. Place yourself into Step 1 making sure your shoulder is right on top of your wrist. Bracing your knee at a 90 degree angle on the floor and extending your opposite leg straight from your hip, slowly lift your leg and crunch your upper body at the same time.

Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

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