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Should Situps Hurt 20 Months After a C-section?

Alexandra Powell Allred's picture

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Dear Fitness Expert,
Hi, I had a C-section 20 months ago and about three months ago I tried doing sit ups for the first time. It really hurt around the incision area. I know it's supposed to hurt because you're doing sit ups and working your stomach muscles, but it hurts really bad and I was wondering if this is normal.

I never thought it would take more than a year to start back up doing sit ups. Any information on this would be helpful.

Thank you in advance.

Healthy Weight Gain

Alexandra Powell Allred's picture

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Dear Fitness Expert,

I have been a gymnast for 10 years, and have been running a gymnastics program for the last 6 years. I just found out I am pregnant. As you can imagine, I have been used to running around and working out a lot. I am very thin, and I am a bit concerned about being able to put on weight.

Everyone tells me to eat milkshakes, fries, and all of the things that I've been trying to avoid for most of my life. Is there a healthier way to go about this? Or should I just start consuming mass quantities of fatty foods?

Continuing a Vigorous Workout Through Pregnancy

Alexandra Powell Allred's picture

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Dear Fitness Expert,
Hi, there. My husband I are hoping to conceive and I have some questions about my current workout and continuing it through pregnancy. I am 5' 1.5", 100 pounds, very active and have very good nutrition (local organic meats, huge vegetable garden, etc)

Here is my current workout:
M, F: Nordic Track - 30-50 minutes at varied intensities or cycling on a rail trail @ 15 mph for an hour. A 30-40 minutes pilates video, Ana Caban, Hilary Burnett or Stott -- Intermediate; Tai Chi 10-15 minutes; some jumping/plyometric type exercises - 10 minutes.

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