If you are like the many women that haven’t heard about Diastasis Recti before, click here to read my post detailing what it’s about. Long story short it’s a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface […]
Month: May 2017
I LOVE the 4th. It’s such a fun holiday that doesn’t come with the stress other holidays can. Just grab some food, fireworks and you have yourself a relaxed evening with the family. Although I use the 80/20 moderation rule, I’m always on the lookout […]
Mommy tummy. Stomach flab. Muffin top. Spare tire.
Or whatever the newest insult or delicious pastry we are calling ourselves now; most moms notice a huge difference in their post partum bodies.
And in an attempt to tighten things up, we do countless crunches, planks, side crunches etc. with zero results.
What if I told you that you were actually worsening things? That you may have a condition called Diastasis Recti. (or DR) Diastasis Recti is defined as ” A separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface of the belly area.” Simply meaning that the connective tissue holding that ever sought after six-pack has separated. And by doing crunches, you are actually causing little micro tears in said connective tissue, creating an even bigger gap.
Curious if you have it? Considering around 66% of women have DR, there is a good chance you might. Below I have included a link to a video from an online Physical Therapist on how to check yourself. It only takes about a minute, so I highly recommend taking the second to see if you have it.
Now at this point if you are discovering you have DR, it can feel like a relief. Knowing what’s going on with your body is very empowering. But you might also be a bit overwhelmed with what to do about it.
My first recommendation is of course talk to your doctor. Your doctor will most likely recommend surgery, or physical training.
I would suggest taking some time to do research on which route you feel most comfortable with. And if you are unsure about anything, always ask!
Below I’ve listed some different resources available to you, and some additional information to help get you started.
Don’t get discouraged, know that you are able to heal your body, and by educating yourself you are taking the first step!
As always I hope you have a beautiful, wonderful day.