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Do Exercises Help Tighten and Firm Loose Skin on the Tummy and Thighs Caused By Pregnancy?

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Ashley Armstrong has been writing for LIVESTRONG.COM since 2010. She is the group fitness and personal training director for Fitness One in Norman, Oklahoma and is a certified personal trainer and indoor cycling instructor. She is also a Les Mills and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America aerobics instructor. She holds a Master of Science in Education in health and human performance from Baylor University.
Do Exercises Help Tighten and Firm Loose Skin on the Tummy and Thighs Caused By Pregnancy?
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You spent nine long months carrying your baby and now you don't recognize your body. You're not alone. Most women have trouble losing post-baby fat, especially in the thighs and abdomen. If you regularly worked out prior to and during your pregnancy, you will lose the weight more quickly. A goal duration for losing the baby weight and toning your body is three to nine months post-pregnancy. So, once you've been cleared by your physician to exercise, try these simple, effective steps to firm your post-baby tummy and thighs.

Firming Loose Post-Pregnancy Skin on Tummy and Thighs

Step 1

Breastfeed if you are able and your baby is not allergic. Breast milk is 50 percent fat and contains enriching nutrients for your infant's growing body. You can burn up to 500 calories a day and lose belly fat, according to Judith Reichman, M.D., of MSNBC.com.

Step 2

Rub a skin firming cream around the tummy and thighs twice daily, such as Lamaze Post-Pregnancy Rejuvenating Cream or Nivea Body Skin Firming Moisturizer Q10 Plus.

Step 3

Perform 30 to 200 abdominal crunches daily. Do crunches on an exercise mat or the carpet with your knees bent, holding your baby in front of you for resistance and some special bonding time.

Step 4

Perform 30 to 90 lunges daily. Alternate legs, stepping back far enough that you can look down and see your big toe. Keep your chest up and stomach tight.

Step 5

Walk. Stride at a fast pace and push your baby in a jogging stroller to firm your tummy and thighs.

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