Begin Phase 2 exercises when you are comfortable and no longer need your pain medication, usually the third week after surgery.
Strengthens and tones abdominal muscles and stimulates intestinal activity
Lying on back
- Pull your abdomen towards your backbone and hold
Start by holding for just a few seconds, then work up to 10 seconds; as you get stronger, you will feel your abdomen get flatter and firmer.
Bending and Straightening
Increases circulation, decreases risk of blood clots in legs, and provides gentle abdominal strengtheni
Lie on your back, bend one knee, and extend the other one out straight
- Keeping the foot of your bent leg flat on the bed, slide it down and then back up into bent position
- Repeat with your other leg
Bend one knee as you straighten the other, so that your legs are moving in opposite direc- tions.
Pelvic Rock / Tilt
Strengthens and tones abdominal muscles, stimulates intestinal activity, and relieves back discomfort
Please see the “Prenatal Exercises” chapter for instructions.