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The Happy New Mum Tum Part 2

- posted by Joan Palmer.

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How did you get on with Part 1?  Did you pick up some points that you may need to address to help that tummy recovery?

Here are a couple more points that will make all the difference to how the tummy muscles recover and how to optimise their function.

Believe it or not, how we breathe will have an impact on how the abdominal muscles can function and if breathing is not at its optimum pattern then it will inhibit how the abdominals can work.  Your diaphragm, part of your breathing muscle system is attached to the lower edges of your ribs and depending on how the baby sits during pregnancy, the position of the baby can cause tightness in the diaphragm.  This in turn can cause a ‘flare’ in the ribs because the tight diaphragm isn’t allowing the ribs to descend properly on a breath out (you may feel bigger around the ribs and you may have even gone up in a bra size).  To help change this you need to breathing in the best way – when you breathe in you need to imagine that the start of the breath is the middle of a cut tree trunk and as you fill up with air you are expanding in all directions so you are filling up following the rings on the tree trunk.  It may also be necessary to need some soft tissue release work around the ribs, tummy and back to help the tissues let go and then allow you to breathe properly. I can do this soft tissue work with you and you will feel much freer and looser around the whole rib area which in turn will let the abdominals work optimally.

Stress levels will also have an impact on how your tummy recovers.  Having a baby can be a pretty stressful time as it has such an impact on your life and that of the family unit.  Sleep deprivation is often a big part of stress levels and there’s always a bit of that with a new baby.  Cortisol is your stress hormone, and changes in sleep and your daily routine is enough to upset the levels of cortisol in your system.  If you have a high level of cortisol in your blood stream then your body’s response will be to hang on to body fat as a defence mechanism to try and fight the stress.  Hanging on to body fat was a good thing when stress was caused by running from wild animals whilst hunting but these days it’s not such a welcome response so it’s more important to keep stress levels in check.  It may be hard to think about taking time out to get on top of this but it only takes 10 mins to do some relaxation/meditation and it could be that 10 mins that makes all the difference to your ability to burn body fat if that is what you are wanting to achieve.

Any questions or comments then please get in touch.   

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