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Mother & Baby – March 2005

Mother & Baby

Get Your Body Back

No, your body will never be quite the same, but regular exercise will soon have you looking trim again. Personal trainer and fitness expert Laura Williams gives her top tips on exercising after giving birth.


You can’t actually lift a sagging chest, but you can work your pectoral muscles to make it appear perkier.

• Box press-ups
Kneel on all fours with your hands positioned wide apart. Slowly lower your upper body to the floor and push back up again. Slowly build up to doing two sets of 15 repetitions two or three times a week. Back work Working your back muscles will help your posture and improve the overall appearance of your breasts.

• Bent-over row
Use tins of soup as weights. From a standing position, bend over so that your upper body is parallel to the floor and your arms are by your sides. Slowly draw your arms upwards, lifting elbows as high as you can. Lower and repeat. Do three sets of 12-15 repetitions several times a week.


First check with your GP that your tummy has healed.
• Breathing exercise
In a standing position, take a deep breath in and as you breathe out, pull your tummy in as far as you can, and hold for five seconds. Repeat five times.
• Leg lifts
Lie on the floor with your legs bent and feet flat on the floor. Breathe in, and as you breathe out, hollow your stomach, pulling your navel back towards your spine, and slowly lift one leg to a right angle. Lower your leg to the floor and repeat on the other side.

To book a session or to find out how Laura can help you get into shape, email her at laura@laurawilliamsonline.co.uk

Or call her on 07712 001525.Social

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