When most women have a baby, things aren't feeling anywhere near normal for a long time. That's normal.
Many women also go months of not feeling good, of feeling "off," and of being told this is their new normal now that they've had a kid.
That's not normal. Common, maybe. But not normal.
Listen, weird things happen to your body when you have a baby. That's not a surprise. What is a surprise is how little women are educated on what actually happened or is happening to our bodies.
One really common, yet often overlooked condition? Diastasis Recti.
What is Diastasis Recti?
A quick explanation: diastasis recti is a separation of your abdominal wall. And as we all know, your abdominals make up part of your "core," and without a strong and fully functional core, everything (and I mean everything) is off.
According to Mutu System, a functional exercise program for new moms (of which we are so obsessed we are an affiliate), diastasis recti occurs when:
"the linea alba (mid-line connective tissue) is stretched and weakened at the front of the abdomen...the 'gap' narrows naturally in the days and weeks following childbirth, but often doesn't come back together completely on its own, resulting in instability and weakness of the core and a 'pooch' stomach or 'mummy tummy'."
Confused? Here's a handy infographic, courtesy of Mutu:
In other words, your core muscles just aren’t functioning properly- and this can create many other often treatable symptoms that might otherwise seem unrelated to your core (no matter what Depends tries to sell you).
How To Heal Diastasis Recti
First things first, find a women’s health/pelvic floor physical therapist that specializes in postpartum physical therapy. (You can search the directory listed on our RESOURCES page). Second, there are numerous at-home postpartum exercise programs out there that aim to help women heal their diastasis recti through specific exercises.
Last, don’t panic. So if you’ve got a Duo Diary, start jotting down any symptoms that just don’t feel right and take your journal with you to your OB and postpartum physical therapist.
Then, you’ll get on the path to healing and feeling better in no time.
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