Well, first and foremost, stop worrying about doing ab work. No amount of core work in the world will get rid of the loose tummy we moms end up getting. While we can't provide you with specifics on how to do core work safely with an umbilical hernia (that's outside of the scope of the advice this community can provide. Check this link for details: www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
I can tell you that fat loss is a total-body process. YOu can't tone your tummy by doing core exercises. You can increase core strength, which improves your ability to do other exercise, but it won't reduce the fat. I have a six pack abs, myself, but it's unfortunately hidden by the keg.
Our muscles draw their energy from the bloodstream... not the surrounding fat stores. So as you lose weight, you will not be able to choose where the fat comes off first. Your trouble zones tend to be the last to come off.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/13/2013 (15:18)