First time moms usually have pretty nice abs.
They are strong and firm and help hold the baby in a nice, head-down position provided the baby doesn’t choose to present breech. But that growing baby and the fluid around him puts a lot of pressure on those abdominal muscles from the inside. And then, if you aren’t careful to use proper body mechanics when moving you can actually add even more strain to them.
Diastasis recti is when the abdominal muscles separate along a line between the rectus abdominus muscles right down the middle of your belly. The severity of the separation is judged by how many fingertips you can fit in the gap. Two or more fingertips in the gap and you have a diastasis.
This separation is likely to get worse with each pregnancy unless something is done to heal the separation and strengthen the core muscles. The weakening of the abdominal muscles may make it difficult to lift objects, and cause lower back pain. It can also result in weakened pelvic alignment and altered posture.
The good news is, there is something you can do to help your diastasis heal!
The MuTu program was recommended to me by a client who used it with great success to heal her own diastasis recti. It is a 12 week exercise program that is suitable for women who have diastasis and are at least 6 weeks postpartum. If you have more serious problems, like an abdominal hernia or pelvic organ prolapse, there is a program called MuTu Focus that you can use. In addition to healing diastasis, this program will also help you loose that tummy bulge and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. In fact, it doesn’t matter if your last child was born umpteen years ago, MuTu can help!
If you don’t know where to start on getting back to exercise after having a baby, or if you have a diastasis recti, take a look at the MuTu program.