Diastasis Recti (click for more info) is without doubt a major culprit (or at least a symptom) in the mummy tummy stakes.
But make sure you don’t overlook diet, excess fat storage and maybe a lack of motivation or a feeling of hopelessness about your situation too. Here’s some ideas and strategies that might help.
If you have a post pregnancy belly which bulges or protrudes, and seems to form a cone shape when you get up from lying on your back, then you probably do have split abdominal muscles, or diastasis recti. You will also likely be suffering from weak core muscles – that’s the muscles that support your lower back, define your waistline and are connected to your pelvic floor.
But there may be other factors at play. Appropriate exercises for diastasis recti are the core activation and strengthening exercises discussed here. You see, the muscles that have split – the outermost, vertical recti muscles of your abdomen – are connected to the important transverse abdominus muscle that lies deep inside.
Any exercise that strengthens the transverse muscle and draws it IN, by default will also draw the recti muscles TOGETHER.
Multi-tasking exercise. We like that.
But I would like to add a cautionary note, that follows on from my post about the psychology of excuses… if you do not perform these exercises on a daily basis to repair your diastasis recti and strengthen your core AS WELL AS eat and exercise intensively to lose fat… you will not get rid of your mummy tummy.
Diastasis recti is:
2. Not the only problem with most mummy tummies
In our determination to identify the one issue to place all our focus on, we easily lose sight of the maybe more obvious stuff. I recently dealt with a client who was so fixated on diastasis recti as the key to all her mummy tummy woes, she chose to ignore (or at least downplay) her excessive sugar consumption. The abdominal gap wasn’t the big deal in this particular case, the sugar in her diet was. But it was easier to focus on the former as that felt more ‘medical’, more out of her control, or was maybe just less painful or less hassle to deal with.
Post natal fat loss does not have one isolated answer.
This is why my MUTU System incorporates 5 essential components, ONE of which is treating diastasis recti.
Don’t kid yourself into thinking that if you could just close the gap in your abdominal muscles, all would be flat and gorgeous. In some cases this may be the predominant problem (every individual is unique), but there are 4 other issues. Ignore them, and you will make improvements, but you won’t have solved the problem.
Are you confused by the extent of your own diastasis recti, and how much it contributes to the appearance of your tummy? Let me know where you’re struggling and I’ll try to clear it up for you!