This article is from the Running FAQ, by Ozzie Gontang with numerous contributions by others.
(Paulette Leeper paulette.leeper@daytonOH.NCR.COM)
To stretch your abdominals, lay on your back with your knees bent and
the soles of your feet on the floor. Let your knees drop to one side,
as you lay your arms toward the other...hold for about 30 seconds and
gently switch sides. >From this same position, you can begin to
strengthen your abdominals by pressing your lower back toward the
floor...holding it for increasing increments of time. Your ability to
hold your lower back to the floor will give you a good sense of what
kind of shape your abdominals are in at this time.
Many of the abdominal exercises recommended during pregnancy are good to
begin with post-partum. One of my favorites is to sit up with knees bent
and do a sort of "reverse sit-up." Instead of coming up from the floor,
move your torso toward the floor with your arms stretched out in front of