If you are a mom, whether you gave birth last month, last year, or last decade, I want to share some information I came across after my second baby was born.
Brace yourself: you may have diastasis recti, which is the term for the separation of the stomach muscles that happens during pregnancy. But relax and breathe. It’s a big word for what is normal and usually just a small problem. (However, the bigger the diastasis, the more it may cause back pain.)
Before you go any further, please read my disclaimer.
In an effort to save you time and effort, I will share my journey on diastasis recti I like to call:
Fix My Abs in 21 Steps
1. About 18 months post partum (after child #2), I came to the conclusion that my little belly pooch probably needs some attention, since I was well beyond the I-just-had-a-baby-that’s-why-my-tummy-looks-like-this period.
2. I started a (half-hearted) routine of doing some ab crunches every day. (Bleh.)
3. Some random bit of information about checking for diastasis recti after having a baby caught my attention. Was there perchance an actual reason for my tummy pooch, beyond the obvious culprit (i.e. eating too many chocolate chips)?
4. I followed the instructions for doing a quick check, which are simply to lie on your back with your knees bent, place your fingers near your belly button, and lift your head. If you feel a gap that is a couple fingers wide, you have diastasis recti. (For more detailed instructions, you can go here. For a video with instructions, you can go here. To read my disclaimer, go here.)
5. I felt literally nauseous when I felt the gap in my ab muscles. Eeew. Continue reading