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iVillage: Ready to Lose the Baby Weight? Here's How to Get Started

What's the Best Way to Tone My Tummy?

First things first: Before beginning any ab exercises, ask your doctor or midwife if you experienced a separation of the abdominal muscles during your pregnancy. If you have, you'll need to wait until it heals before beginning any serious ab work.

If you're good to go, try this: "You can work your deep abdominals by drawing in your belly button toward your spine," says Sabrena Merrill, MS, a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise. "That paired with Kegels and pelvis tilts does a lot to tone up the area below the belly button." Breastfeeding can also help tone your tummy in the early days. (Nursing stimulates uterine contractions, which helps the uterus to shrink back to its pre-pregnant size.) Later, pilates or other core work can help you get your abs back into shape.

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