When your abs separate ...
Many, many of us mamas grapple with our post-partum health. Can someone offer their experiences and advice on what to do when your abs divide? Lesley emails:
I have Diastasis Recti, the separation of my abdominal muscles due to my gigantic tummy during both pregnancies. (I first had a cesarean, then a VBAC, which I hear compounds the problem but is not a prerequisite). It's time I deal with it. Two years after the birth of my second (and last) child, it's not going away alone. It wasn't noticeable after my first birth, so I didn't even know about it, much less do exercises to strengthen my abs. I felt like the pilates I was doing once a week after my second birth was not enough.
My muscles are a good 3 fingers apart and I've read that it can lead to back and other health issues
as I get older. So, I'm looking for resources to help me heal and fix my body. Do you have this, too? Have you been handling it with results? Does anyone know a person who treats this? I'd prefer to do exercises; Surgery is pretty scary to me. Help! It's not only a health issue, but I'm tired of having this poochy, saggy tummy!