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 of the belly area.
I have had three beautiful children. And each were extremely hard pregnancies. Despite being very health conscious, I gained around 60lbs each time. My kid’s ages are 4, 2, and 8 weeks. I never fully bounced back after each time, but got close. This last pregnancy knocked me down even more so than normal. My last son was born at 10.5lbs and it definitely put a strain on my abdominal muscles!
At my 4 week postpartum check up, my midwife suggested looking into The Tummy Team. She said they have lots of free online information, and some completely online courses. I was honestly contemplating going through a random local physical therapist before I looked into them. But I was having a hard time finding someone I could trust that knew this condition specifically. There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there, and I wanted to be sure I was going through someone who knew what they were doing!
*Disclaimer* After speaking with my midwife and doing tons of research I decided The Tummy Team was my best option for recovery. I then reached out to them to see if they would partner with Building Healthy Legacies in an attempt to get this information out! They agreed by gifting me the Core Foundations program and abdominal splint so I could have the opportunity to give you readers some honest insight into what this recovery program really entails.
Week One on the Core Foundations program
My abdominal splint has arrived and it’s surprisingly comfortable! I was worried my newborn wouldn’t like being held while I wore it, but we haven’t had any issues. And let me tell you, this thing is amazing. I was honestly really skeptical of it at first. But after three days my husband pointed out that my posture was noticeably better and I just “looked better” And I felt better. I started out with a generous three finger gap and just felt like my insides were falling apart. But after one week I’m already noticing a huge improvement.
The online program is amazing. I will warn you there is a LOT of information. I actually watched it all through twice because I felt like my brain needed a second go 😉 Thankfully they knew their audience and have broken up the videos into small increments. That was definitely my saving grace.
Kelly (Kelly Dean the founder of the Tummy Team) suggests writing down everything you are feeling. She says once you feel stronger, you will have a hard time remember how weak you feel now. So I wrote down some of the things I was experiencing. I can’t vacuum the house. Its too hard. I can’t pick up my older children and it makes me feel like I can’t parent how I want. My son and I used to go for runs every day and now I can’t. He is still asking daily when I can run with him and it breaks my heart. My dream career, personal training, is all depending on whether or not I can fix myself.
Taking a step back, I had NO idea it was affecting every area of my life so much.
My current updates. I’ve been doing the program now for a week and a half. I feel SO much stronger. I vacuumed the house and felt great afterwards. At my 7 week postpartum check up my midwife said my stomach was doing great after having a baby that size! I truly wasn’t expecting this much of an improvement yet, but I’m so thankful! On top of following the program to a T and wearing my splint the majority of the time, I’ve been taking hourly walks with my boys. And as always trying to eat healthy and in moderation.
I’m so grateful to have found Kelly and her program. I will continue documenting my ‘stats’ for the rest of the 8 week program. My goal is to help you readers if you are going through the same thing. If you have any questions about Diastasis Recti, or the Tummy Team please ask! You can leave a comment or send me an E-mail.
I hope this has been of some help to you. And hopefully some encouragement. As always I hope you have a wonderful day ♡