Don’t Give Up with Diastasis Recti!!
I got an email yesterday from a woman who had twins 6 weeks ago. She understandably is still about 20 pounds over weight and has realistic expectations about how long it will take to lose it but is also somewhat frustrated. She has a three finger separation of her abdominals or what is better known as Diastasis Recti. Diastasis Recti is when the Linea Alba (the connective tissue joining the left and right side of the rectus abdominals) tears and separates. Now the first thing I think of is although diastasis affects approximately 50% of women during pregnancy, someone having multiples is a sure thing. But that doesn’t make it any easier.
She lives in New York and was told by her doctor that the only way to fix it was by surgery. Now if you want to completely close the separation, this is true, but….surgery is a BIG THING and should not be taken lightly. She was then told that exercise wouldn’t help either which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Thankfully, she wants to do whatever is necessary to avoid going under the knife again so she emailed me for help. Her twins were delivered by c-section, so not only is she physically and mentally recovering from that that it’s no wonder she doesn’t want to go back “there”.
So I responded and explained being the mother of two girls delivered via c-section myself and having a 5 finger separation with the second one, self correction can be done, but it’s damn hard work!! You have to know what exercises are safe and what will encourage the rectus abdominals together again. And we have to remember that in general, all women during pregnancy have a certain amount of separation. It’s only when it’s two fingers width or more that it’s a true diastasis.
So I am proud to say that after ALOT of sweat and tears, my seperation has gone down to 1 finger width and I’m fine with that. Surgery? No thanks!
Hopefully I will here from her again soon.