If you’ve carried a full-term pregnancy and baby, chances are you’ve experienced some degree of separation. It’s definitely the norm as the baby is growing and hormonal changes affect the connective tissue, allowing it to relax in order to accommodate the growing baby. The likelihood of developing a diastasis increases for those who are pregnant with multiples, who have had C-section surgery and who have had more than one pregnancy. In rare cases, the separation can be so bad it causes a painful hernia, which occurs when organs poke through the separated abs and push against the skin. Thankfully, this isn’t the norm.
The fact that you get a diastasis is not in itself so awful—it’s what your body is supposed to do to accommodate the growth of your baby. It’s bringing it all back together and restoring function in those muscles post-baby that’s important.
A C-section is performed by cutting through the fascia-or aponeurosis-of the abdominal wall, and pulling apart the muscles, including the rectus abdominus. So, in theory, a C-section delivery could cause a higher degree of a Diastasis Recti. The protocol of most doctors is to stitch the fascia back together, taking care of any parting of the rectus abs. It would be very beneficial to treat every mother who has had a c-section for Diastasis Recti, as the connective tissues need to heal after they have been manually pulled apart.
How to Treat Your Diastasis
- Wear a Postpartum Girdle. My favorite one is here on Amazon. I strapped my girdle on right after delivering all of my boys and it not only shrunk my tummy to a size smaller than pre-pregnancy, but it also got rid of my hips and love handles, too.
- Drink a lot of water. Aim for at least half of your body weight in ounces of water and drink a glass prior to each snack and meal. You will not only look better, but you will feel the difference, too.
- Walk! Get in about 30 minutes of brisk walking every day. Be mindful of your posture. If you are wearing your baby while walking, be sure that your baby carrier is on properly and that you are not slouching because of a poor-fitting carrier.
Have more questions or feel like you’re doing everything right but not seeing the results you want? Feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation with me where we can talk, I can give you more ideas, and maybe even do a full in-person assessment to get you the right resources. Or, join me on September 5th in my Red Bank location for a free assessment!