I am guessing none of us moms actually wear the old fashioned girdles much these days, but did you know you have a natural girdle – say hello to your transverse abdominus. If you have never worked on engaging your abs and practiced proper breathing techniques you may not be familiar with this muscle. It is a deep muscle located beneath the internal oblique muscle. It kind of acts like a band (or girdle) around your abs. Here is a visual for you: http://www.pilateswithhanneke.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/anterior-core.jpeg . If you learn to properly engage this muscle and strengthen it, you will be on your way to a flat, toned stomach.
To find your transverse try this simple breathing exercise:
Sitting tall (preferably in a chair with a hard seat)relax your shoulders and inhale up through your ribs (not by pushing your belly out). Before you exhale, pull your belly button toward your spine and holding that contraction, slowly exhale. Do this at least 3 times to get a good feel for how to engage the muscle.
This is a great exercise for anyone – especially if you are pregnant or have had a baby recently. It is a good idea to find a few minutes several times a day to practice this and eventually work up to engaging you transverse as part of your daily routine. If you stay the course with this you will have a flatter, stronger stomach and it will also help any lower back pain you may have. So throw away those girdles and engage the one God gave you.