How to Get Your Post-Baby Body Back in Shape

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If you want to get back in shape following pregnancy (even if your babies are all grown up!) - in particular, if you want to get rid of your tummy - you may be tempted to start with some sit-ups or abdominal crunches because everyone knows that is the only way to a perfect washboard stomach, right?

Wrong! Sit-ups can actually give you a ‘pooch’ in your lower belly, rather than flattening it. So, instead of you wasting your time doing the wrong exercises, I will explain why sit-ups are an exercise to avoid plus I will teach you four simple exercises that will flatten your tummy in less than 10 minutes per day. (Note: Please read the disclaimer prior to performing exercises.)

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By Marianne Ryan| June 05, 2015
Categories:  Nest

About the Author

Marianne Ryan

Marianne Ryan

Marianne Ryan PT, OCS, is a physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist. She is an award-winning author of the international best selling book, Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat, Clinical Director of MRPT Physical Therapy in New York City, and a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association Media Corps. With more than 30 years' experience, she specializes in helping women reclaim their bodies after childbirth. For information, vist

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