A few weeks ago I went to my midwives for my 6 week postpartum visit. As I lay on the exam table, she said she was going to check me for diastis recti, I did a small crunch and she casually said, ” You have a significant gap of two to three fingers.” My heart fell into my stomach.
I will admit that there is a level of vanity to this post. I would be lying if I said my main concern with having Diastasis Recti wasn’t a “mummy tummy” that won’t go away. I had these concerns even during pregnancy- I’m only 23, I’m not ready to admit defeat to the mombod. I tried to prevent Diastasis during pregnancy and was fairly confident that my abs were healed as I was only 5lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight. But now I say there thinking that maybe it wasn’t just a few pounds of baby weight, but instead a much larger hurdle.
For those of you that may not know Diastasis Recti is a separation of the abdominal muscles that is very common in pregnancy.
Some sources say that nearly every women who becomes pregnant will have some degree of abdominal separation during the postpartum phase, but sometimes this will heal on its own within 6-12 weeks. If you ur abdominal muscles do not heal back together you can suffer from many symptoms such as a weak pelvic floor, back pain, a weakened core, a leaky bladder and the dreaded tummy pooch. Thankfully, there are things you can do to work towards healing your core and binding your abs back together.
I had done my research, I knew I could attempt to repair my abs- but in that moment I felt completely overwhelmed by negative thoughts about my postpartum body. I had to take sometime to gather myself and figure out how I wanted to deal with my diagnosis.
First, I tried to keep all negative thoughts at bay (which admittedly was difficult). I promised myself that I would take the time and put in the effort to heal my abs and reclaim my body. Next, I took progress pictures- I needed to know where I came from so I could track my progress and healing. Finally, I dove headfirst into researching the best exercises and programs to help me make a full recovery.
I finally decided on the Fit2B program. It is an online membership that gives you access to hundreds of videos that are all Tummy Safe- meaning they won’t make you Diastasis worse! I’m looking forward to seeing how my body changes over the next few weeks.
Updates to follow!