While I was having coffee—well, eating cake—with my lovely Pregnancy Pilates group the other day, we were discussing the subject of the "mum bum." During and after pregnancy, many of us find that our bottoms are soft and lack muscle tone. This is because during pregnancy, your center of gravity shifts. As a result, many women try to counterbalance that shift by tucking their tailbone. This means that you end up underusing your glute muscles and overusing the posterior pelvic floor muscles. This results in a flattened backside that can't fill out a pair of jeans.
If you want to avoid the "mum bum" epidemic, read on for some advice and exercises to help keep your bottom bootylicious, and, as an added benefit, your pelvic floor will thank you too.