Postpartum: Is It Safe To Do Planks and Crunches?

Avoid This Mistake To Safely Recover Your Core

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Wondering if planks and sit-ups are okay after having a baby? Worried about a diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) and weak or bulging ab muscles? 

The internet is a scary place! Have you been told that you can never do a crunch or a plank once you’ve given birth?

This is simply not true! 

The key to being able to do these things is how you hold your abdomen and progressing gradually over time.

Here are a few things that are important to consider:

  • Can you kegel?
  • Can you exhale?
  • Can you keep your stomach sucked in during the whole time you do your exercises?


We’ve put together a simple, information packed guide detailing how to breathe optimially and three exercises to start right now so your core can be as strong as possible!

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It can take up to 1-2 years until you can do a plank, but when you do them well, you get stronger and your stomach gets flatter.

Watch this video to learn exactly how to progress gradually and safely, and get the most benefit, so you can return to the exercise you love. 

If you’re feeling frustrated, please know you’re not alone.

Breathe. has worked with over 3,000 women, both virtually and in-person, to help restore a strong and confident core.

It’s critical to have a strong core to avoid back pain, prolapse, and various other postpartum complications.

The key is to find a provider who gets it. We can help!

Read how Kara healed her DRA with Breathe. 

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