There is a lot to be said about women who have given birth and their cores. (Actually-all women). I want to talk about diastasis recti, because it’s the main reason I choose the exercises I do for core work. Diastasis recti is ab separation that is really common in women who have given birth, or are overweight. It often looks like a bulge around the belly button. During pregnancy, connective tissue thins in response to changing hormones. It’s how the baby can grow in utero to full size. This is good for baby, but not always for Momma. While some women can return to pre-pregnancy levels, many have tissues so stretched that they lose their elasticity and are unable to retract back to position (think of an overstretched rubber band).
So…why does it matter? If abs stay separated and diastasis is unable to be healed, we can never rid the “mommy pooch” even after we have lost the weight we really need to. The exercises provided in my program are safe for women trying to close, or at least not worsen ab separation, but you can test if you have Diastasis Recti by doing the following:
1) Lie on your back with your knees bent upward, as if you are in the starting position for a crunch exercise.
2) Place your fingers right above your belly button.
3) Raise your head and shoulders off floor as if you are performing a crunch exercise.
4) If you can feel a gap or see a bulging, then you could have a diastasis.
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