Abdominal exercises post-partum: Do them or stay far away?
I train my clients by sloooowwly easing their way back into abdominal exercises; the intensity of those workouts all depends on how severe/minor their Diastasis Recti is (separation of the large abdominal muscles after pregnancy).
Regular front planks are one exercise that I don't recommend doing right after you've been cleared for working out UNLESS your abs have completely closed. If there is still a 1-4 finger width separation, you need to HEAL those muscles FIRST before placing strain on your midsection (i.e. planks, crunches, bicycles, push-ups, hanging leg raises, etc.) **You could do a modified front plank on your knees as long as you don't notice your abs coning out or feel irregular pain**
Moral of the story- focus on HEALING your body first post-partum, take things slow, be patient and pleeease refrain from the exercises that put strain on your abdominals until you are ready! #fitmama #nasmcertified #strong #planks #abs #fitbodyafterbaby #slowprogressisstillprogress #onlinefitnesstraining #personaltrainer #abdominalexercises #patience #fit #abdominalmuscles #postpartum #certifiedpersonaltrainer #healfirst