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Low Tummy Pooch? Let’s Learn to Breathe.

First off, remember that you are the owner of a uterus and it is normal to have some pooch to our tummies!

What if I told you that you didn’t need scissor kicks and pilates 100s to minimize the low ab pooch? Say whaaaaat? ⁣

And, even way more importantly, what if I told you that your low ab 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).

Our core is a pressure system. Our diaphragm sits under our rib cage, and ideally, as we inhale this dome-like muscle flattens and pushes air down into our lungs. This gentle expansion lets our pelvic floor relax. As we exhale, the diaphragm recoils and the pelvic floor gently lifts. But, 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. ⁣

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. ⁣

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.⁣

 

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