Lose Your Mummy Tummy

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Da Capo Press, Dec 14, 2004 - Psychology - 160 pages
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A groundbreaking yet simple set of exercises that will flatten the dreaded "mummy tummy"-regardless of a woman's age or when she had a baby.

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A mummy tummy is the "unsightly bulge," also known as diastasis, caused by the separation of the outermost abdominal muscles during pregnancy. But it isn't permanent, says R.N., personal trainer ... Read full review

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This book is incredible. I am so upset that they don't include this information in basic childbirth education!
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This book is based on research from Columbia University Department of Physical Therapy (March, 2001 ) that the Tupler Technqiue abdominal exercises make the diastasis (separation of the outermost abdominal muscle) smaller. Since this outermost abdominal muscle is the support system for the back and the organs in front a smaller diastasis means less back problems and getting rid of the "mummy tummy".
Women will learn that:
# Most women have a diastasis after having a baby.
# A diastasis does not automatically go back together after the birth.
# Doing abdominal exercises incorrectly can cause this separation to get larger.
# If a diastasis is not brought back together after the first birth then it becomes increasingly larger with each subsequent pregnancy.
# A diastasis can be brought back together with the Tupler Technique no matter when a woman has had her baby!
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It's about much more than losing your pooch, it's about how to move, lift your baby, and get out of bed correctly. It's about how to save your back, knees, and the rest of your joints postpartum. I am a biology major, for crying out loud, I researched *intensively*, and I still never learned this stuff.
I was horrified to find after reading this book that I did almost everything wrong during and after my pregnancy. I jackknifed straight up to sitting from a prone position, I did crossover crunches (trying to flatten my abs), I was careless about lifting my baby. No wonder I ended up with a big separation and a bulge that just wouldn't go away.
My doctor said that I would need surgery to repair it, but after just three sessions of the 30-minute Tupler workout I have felt it close up significantly, and my pooch has definitely reduced in size. Remarkable. EVERY mama needs to buy this book, no matter when she had a baby.
 

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