If you’re stressing about the sorry state of your abs after having a baby, you’re probably thinking about the fastest way to firm up that post baby belly pudding. Sit ups probably pop into your mind as the best exercise you can do. They’re ab strengthening, you can do them at home and they worked before you were pregnant right? Well, I’m here to say no. The best physio advice I can ever give my postnatal patients it to tell them that sit ups are an absolute no no after having a baby. Here’s why:
You may have an abdominal separation.
When you’re pregnant, you’ve stretched your abdominal muscles out the wazoo. If you’re really lucky, they stretched so much that you earnt a diagnosis of diastasis recti, also know as abdominal separation. This is when the vertical line of soft tissue down the middle of your six-pack splits. Not good.