Yoga To Reduce Tummy After C-section

by Priyanka
(Lucknow, India)

Hello.. I am 31 year old and I have delivered a baby girl 2 years back. I had C-section. My weight before pregnancy was 58 kg and my stomach was almost flat. But after delivery, I weighed 79 kg and after 2 years, I have just lost 10 kg but no loss in the tummy size and it still looks like I am 7 months pregnant.


Please tell me what all yoga asanas and pranayam exercise can be helpful in reducing weight and specially stomach. I am worried to start the kapalbhati because of C-section.


Answer

Yoga helps to balance a person's body. Regular practice of asanas and pranayama will help to bring your body weight back to normal. Eat healthy sattvic food. It should include more of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Try to avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners and junk food.

Following asanas and pranayamas will help you to reduce weight. However, if you are new to yoga, start your practice under the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher.

1. Depending on your strength, do upto 20 rounds of Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation). (You can start with 2-5 surya namaskars and increase the number of rounds gradually)
2. Uttanpadasana (Raised Leg Pose)
3. Naukasana (Boat Pose)
4. Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)
5. Leg Cycling
6. Leg rotation
7. Konasana
8. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
9. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
10. Yoga Mudra (Symbol of Yoga Pose)
11. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend Pose)
12. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist Pose)
13. Kapalabhati Pranayama
14. Agnisar Pranayama
15. Deep breathing
16. Anulom-Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Here is a link to specific yoga exercises for weight loss.

Hope this helps.

Regards
Daljit

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Feb 17, 2017
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3 Weeks Post Open Myomectomy and Cystectomy
by: AJ

Hello,

I am 3 week post open myo. I am dying to get back to my daily practice, have done heated vinyasa yoga a few days per week since 2011. Prior to finding out I had a 13 cm benign tumor on my uterus I had chosen to embark on my yoga teacher training certification journey which starts in 4 days. They are very understanding regarding my limitations but needless to say I am itching to get back to my happy place practicing on my mat.
If I feel as if I am well enough to practice, can I?

Editors Note
You can take advice of your doctor too, but I think it may take up to 5-6 months for complete healing to take place.

I guess it is too early for you to start your yoga practice. You need to relax. At the most you can do yoga for healing and relaxation like shavasana, yoga nidra, rhythmic breathing or meditation. Also focus on eating healthy diet.

Your doing yoga teacher training certification at this point of time is not recommended.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Feb 17, 2017
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Yoga after cesarean
by: Ashu

I am 30 years. I had major caesarean section 6 months back. I have large cervical fibroid. My tummy looks like 4th - 5th month of pregnancy. I have pain in my back. Is yoga right for me? What asanas can I do?

Editors Note
If there is back pain, do not do yoga. Seek doctors advice or get physiotherapy, take rest and after back is healed, start yoga under guidance only.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Nov 23, 2016
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Yoga after open surgery
by: Anonymous

Hi Sir,

I am 32 years female, married, no kids yet.
I had ovarian cyst - dermoid and got it removed 8 months ago through open surgery - laprotomy.

Can I practice yoga 8 months post surgery?
I am new to yoga, also can you suggest me any poses I can do at home?
Thanks.

Editors Note
You may start yoga under guidance. Be careful about forward bending and avoid forward bending poses and pawanmuktasana initially. After you start doing forward bending poses, in case of any sign of pain in abdominal area, do not do forward bending asanas as it will put pressure on abdominal wall. Here is a link to a beginners yoga sequence.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Nov 15, 2016
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weight loss tips
by: Anonymous

Hello,

Its been 2 month to my delivery. I am also a hypothyroidism patient. Can you suggest me any yoga and diet plan to weight loss? My height is 5' 3''. Before pregnancy I was 50 kg but today I am 67 kg and still gaining weight.

Editors Note
You can contact me for specific advice. Have you practiced yoga before delivery?

Warm regards
Daljit

Jan 07, 2016
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Flabby Stomach
by: Anonymous

Dear sir,

I have two kids by C-section eight years back kids. I am suffering with hypothyroidism and gall bladder was removed two years back. Kindly advise asanas accordingly for weight loss and to get rid of flabby stomach as I have gained weight around ten kilos post delivery.

Regards
Neelima

Editors Note

Dear Neelima

You can check this webpage for using triphala as effective weight loss tool.
Triphala for weight loss
Other helpful links
Beginner Yoga
Yoga for weightloss

With hypothyroidism, weight loss becomes more challenging. Therefore, be strict on your diet (low calorie, plant based vegetarian diet) and do yoga. In addition, do walk for an hour daily.

Hope this helps
Daljit

Aug 26, 2015
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Yoga For Flat Tummy
by: Anonymous

Hello Sir/ Mam

I am 25. I have 2 cuties(daughters). Younger one is 2 years old. I deliverd by c-section both the daughters and my weight befor pregnancy was up to 42 kg. After delivery it was 59 kg, now I am 49 kg. Pease help me for flat tummy(skin are losen). Which yoga is safe and best for me kindly suggest. Thank You.

Editors Note
You can have a look at this webpage,
Reducing tummy after C-Section. In case of further advice, do contact me.

Warm regards
Daljit

Aug 03, 2015
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Tummy reducing yoga
by: Anonymous

When can I start dhanurasana and suryanamaskara after cesarean? I am a mother of 4 months baby and I am looking as 7 months pregnant.

Editors Note
It all depends on your strength and healing time. You can do dhanurasana and suryanamaskar six months after the cesarean. But do not do these asanas even if you feel little discomfort. Here is an helpful tip for weight loss.

Hope it helps
Daljit

Jul 01, 2015
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Kapalabhati After C-section
by: Shree

When can I start Kapalabhati pranayama after a C- section? Can it be harmful after pregnancy? Please suggest some asanas for losing belly fat after pregnancy.

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It all depends on the healing process and can vary from person to person. Kapalabhati pranayama can be started six months to one year after C-section. You can consult your doctor and start few rounds of kapalabhati, discontinue if you feel any discomfort.

Hope it helps
Daljit

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