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Exercise Books

Lose Your Mummy Tummy GreenDot  Lose Your Mummy Tummy Written by R.N., personal trainer, fitness instructor and childbirth educator Julie Tupler it details how to get rid of you mummy tummy (her term). A fresh approach that actually explains why it is hard to get your tummy flatter after having a baby. Detailed photos showing how to do exercises. Includes a special section which addresses issues for those recovering from c-sections. I liked the tone of the book as well as the step by step approach. Instead of a laundry list of exercises to do, the book explains how to gradually work your way through the 'Tupler Technique'. Explains clearly why doing a million crunches *won't* get your tummy flat after you have had a baby.

Cesarean Recovery Cesarean Recovery (written by a personal trainer) This book was written by a personal trainer and subsequently focuses on an exercise program to bring the post c-section mom from the hospital through to regaining her pre-pregnancy body. It also has brief sections on breastfeeding, emotional issues and a basic overview of the surgery itself. Great photos of women doing the exercises along with clear guidelines of when to progress to each level of exercise.

Baby Om: Yoga for Mothers and Babies Baby Om: Yoga for Mothers and Babies Features an entire chapter (over 30 pages) focusing on special considerations for cesarean moms, this yoga class in a book is a great place to start if you like the idea of excercising with your baby - and if yoga is more your speed than more traditional gym class style calisthenics.
When can I start exercising?
This will depend on your body. Most doctors tell their recovering c-section mom's that they can start back at their regular activities after 6 weeks (again, please check with your own doctor). See the listings on this page for books and DVDs related to exercise.
Exercise DVDs

Jennifer Gianni's Fusion Pilates for Post Pregnancy & C-Section Recovery Jennifer Gianni's Fusion Pilates for Post Pregnancy & C-Section Recovery Includes general c-section recovery information (some filmed in the hospital!). A great choice for the mom who can't wait to get started doing some sort of exercise - it includes what they call a "SAFE First Six Weeks Exercise Plan" which even for c-section moms can start right away. Workout strengthens core muscles and includes yoga-infused pilates and low-impact cardio.

Healing Exercises for Diastasis Recti Healing Exercises for Diastasis Recti Endorsed by physical therapists, this obtusely named DVD is geared towards healing the separation of the muscles of your abdomen - a very common "side effect" of pregnancy. Similar in theory to the ideas in Lose Your Mummy Tummy - that before you start doing serious excercise to get your pre-pregnancy body back, you need to repair the separation in your abdominal muscles first.

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