How well our bodies work and function directly affects how we feel about ourselves. There is a connection between your body confidence and diastasis recti. From my own experience, and from listening to thousands of mums, I know we often feel frustrated, betrayed or let down, and our confidence is sapped.
Diastasis recti takes time and effort to solve, and it is a major hurdle to overcome as we piece ourselves physically and mentally back together after giving birth.
WHAT IS DIASTASIS RECTI?
Diastasis recti is the separation of the rectus abdominis (or 6 pack) abdominal muscle, as the mid-line connective tissue is stretched and weakened at the front of the abdomen. It occurs as a result of excessive intra-abdominal pressure and is common in the later stages of pregnancy.
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’.
It can always be improved. To repair it, it’s essential that you do the right exercises and make the right alignment adjustments for diastasis recti that take into account the way your body has been compromised. You need to work gradually on improving alignment and strengthening your core – that’s your whole mid-section, not just the pelvic floor, or abs, in isolation.
HOW DOES DIASTASIS AFFECT WOMEN EMOTIONALLY?
Knowing that your body isn’t in great working order makes you feel crappy. Whether the symptom is wee leakage, back ache, or a still-pregnant-looking tummy, you know that something is wrong and you can feel like you have a monumental uphill climb to make it right again.
Which, after all that effort of growing a baby and pushing it out or dealing with c-section, seems little unfair, quite frankly.
Perhaps a reassuring fact is that most mums have stood in your shoes and felt as you feel. Here are a few comments from the MUTU Mamas about the moment they realised they had diastasis recti:
“I had to go through a grieving process, reaccepting my new body as I work to heal it.”
“I was grossed out too by the thought of my insides moving about too freely”
“I was relieved that this was a condition and that I wasn’t just “fat”!!”
“I felt really glad to know there was a reason why I couldn’t lose my 3 months prego look.”
“I probably cried off and on for several weeks.”
“I was scared when I felt the separation.”
Your body confidence and your diastasis recti may both require some TLC. You’re not alone. One of the biggest problems for many mums is that they feel that they have to resume ‘business as usual’ after the bodily explosion that is childbirth… and that owning up to feelings of sadness about the physical repercussions is in some way indulgent or selfish.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
It isn’t self indulgent or selfish. You deserve a body that works. Take a deep breath and accept and love where you are right now. Regaining strength, function and pride in your body is yours for the taking.
Read what some of our MUTU Mamas have said about the moment they discovered that there was a way to heal their body confidence and diastasis recti:
“Finding out it is an identified condition which can be treated was a relief.”
“I am so excited that Wendy has developed such a great program to do something about it.”
“It’s amazing that our body just need a little love and attention and you see it starts healing.”
“I had no idea that it was repairable. I tried a few things until I came across MUTU. There was a shining light for me! I immediately ordered the 12-week program and was on a mission.”
“It’s amazing how you can recover once you have the correct information. Wendy is a genius!”
Your body is not invincible. Sometimes it needs some help. It didn’t let you down on purpose – and it will do its best to recover if you help it. Be inspired by the women that have tackled their core strength and diastasis recti to restore function and body confidence!
THE MUTU SYSTEM PROGRAM
MUTU System is for women who want their bodies to look, feel and function better after having a baby.
Even if it’s a long time since having a baby. They want a core and a pelvic floor that work, that feel right and that do their job. It’s for women who want to lose weight after childbirth and keep it off. It’s the definitive, medically endorsed Mummy Tummy Workout System, created by postpartum fitness expert, Wendy Powell.
An international best-selling, industry acclaimed, award winning, holistic, realistic and supportive exercise and recovery program for Moms that truly works.
A proven, truly effective, tried and tested solution for ‘mummy tummy’, diastasis recti, pelvic floor weakness and core that isn’t as functional or strong as you’d like it to be Find out more here .