Do you feel like your low belly pooch won’t improve no matter what you do?
First off, remember that you are the owner of a uterus and it is normal to have some pooch to our tummies! This is especially true after having babies. That said, I’m going to share with you the best kept secret to improving the appearance of your lower belly.
Why Ab Exercises Aren’t Helping Your Low Belly Pooch
What if I told you that you didn’t need scissor kicks and Pilates 100s to minimize the low belly pooch? Say whaaaaat? In fact, these exercises could be making that mommy pooch worse.
What if I told you that your low belly pooch is trying to tell you something about your pelvic floor function?
What if I told you your breath was the way to a flatter low tummy?
(Okay, Ashley…spill the beans).
Your Core is a Pressure System
How you breathe affects your core and pelvic floor. The diaphragm sits under the rib cage. Ideally, as you inhale this dome-like muscle flattens and pushes air down into the lungs. This gentle expansion lets the pelvic floor relax.
As you exhale, the diaphragm recoils and the pelvic floor gently lifts.
If you are sucking in your tummy and gripping your abs, you are putting major kink in this natural system. As a result, you start to breathe backwards. Essentially, you breathe up into your chest. This can cause headaches, anxiety, pelvic floor issue, and it sucks.
What Causes a Lower Belly Pooch?
There are some obvious causes of a low belly pooch. It could be that you have diastasis recti, a thinning of the connective tissue between your six-pack abdominal muscles. Checking yourself for diastasis recti is quick and easy.
Stop Sucking In
How to Get Rid of the Low Belly Pooch?
So what’s the fix?
First off…let it go. Legit. Stop sucking in. Most of us have been sucking in since we were teens. It will feel scary and hard to let your tummy relax. Also, try to relax that booty, too.
Now, when you inhale, try to get the breath down. You’ll find this frustrating at first, but keep practicing. It will become second nature (well, really first-nature again) with practice.
When we exercise, it is particularly important to set up that inhale, or we bear down on pelvic floor. If you see your low abs pooching on any movement, it usually means that you are also bearing down on your pelvic floor.
Still confused? Check out this free core healing essentials guide. This free guide will teach you how to breathe and manage your core pressure system.
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I go over this in way more detail in my Core Basics program (which is included with your Strong Like a Mother subscription), but hopefully this gives you a good start.