Do you still look 4 months pregnant?

Diastasis RectiDiastasis Recti… have you heard of it??

I hadn’t ever heard of it until I was complaining talking to my sister about how I still look like I am 4 months pregnant, even after being consistent at working out every day. I was telling her that my arms are toning up, and my legs are getting smaller. I’m losing inches everywhere… Everywhere except my midsection.

Diastasis Recti is where the muscles in your stomach have pulled away from each other and your insides… yup, your internal organs are now resting on the walls of where you stomach muscles should be giving you that bulging look… awesome huh!!

Yeah… Not so much.

Not everyone will suffer from Diastasis Recti, some woman will go right back into their pre pregnancy clothes, and then start working out again after their 6 week check up. Others will continue to look pregnant and not ever know why… even after all the sit-up and crunches.

I’m pretty sure that because my children were so close together – less than 3 years between my first 3 boys- that my body never really healed and my muscles never had a chance to fully recover and left me with a weak mid-section.

My last baby is now 16 months old, and I am finding that no matter what I do I can’t get rid of my “mummy tummy”

All is not lost. If your baby was born a mere 6 weeks ago or 26 years ago you can heal your diastasis! And the better part is that there are NO sit-ups or crunches. In fact those exercises will worsen your diastasis.

The first time I started looking all this up I was sad because all I could find was that I was going to need surgery to bring my muscles together. I did not want surgery!! The more I dove into this the more I found that surgery is not necessary, but working hard and smart is.

Here is a website to help you better understand what diastasis is.

What is Diastasis?

No one should have to look about 4 months pregnant years after a baby is born. I am frustrated that after 6 babies… and 6 different doctors… no one ever told me that this was even something that could happen. But I am so happy that I can now help my body heal and slim my waist down.

 

Leah, amazing mom of 6!
Leah, amazing mom of 6!

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