How do I strengthen my lower abs after a having a C-section?

A great exercise to regain the connection to and strength of the lower abs after having a Cesarean section is the supine draw-in manuever. The supine draw-in manuever is a simple, yet effective, exercise that will help to strengthen the pelvic floor and lower abs, two areas that usually weaken as a result of C-section. Perform the supine draw-in manuever by following the technique described below. Begin by lying on your back, with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Breathe normally as you gently draw-in your navel down toward your spine. Once you have drawn-in your navel, hold the contraction and relax and then repeat as necessary. The goal during this exercise is to resist moving any other parts of the body while contracting and drawing-in your abs. If this exercise is not challenging enough, consider doing the supine draw-in with march, or supine draw-in with heel slide instead.

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