Q&A with Kerryn – 6 Months Postpartum with Severe Diastasis Recti
Over at our PregActive.com community I get questions form our amazing mamas which I answer online. Here is one I want to share with you on severe diastasis recti postpartum.
Mama Question – I just signed up and I’m 6 months postpartum with severe diastasis recti.
My friends that are 3-4 months postpartum are back to normal but mine is bad.
I tried doing planks 3 months postpartum to strengthen my stomach muscles which I realize was a mistake.
It hurts me to lean forward because of my weak stomach muscles.
Also picking up my baby is a challenge with my weak core.
Even sitting up from lying down has to be slow with the slight pain.
I recently got a postpartum stomach brace how and when if when should I wear it?
I know I can’t rely on the brace for life to hold my stomach together.
Should I do the Core Rehab program one week at a time?
Thank you for your help. Any other exercises I should do since you know how bad my diastasis recti is?
Answer from Kerryn
Welcome! You have come to the right place!
Yes, one module per week is ideal. You may get frustrated at weeks one and two for being slower, but TRUST ME, we need to start from the deep core and work our way from there.
You body is amazing, more amazing than you know.
It will function to get the movement done, but often, when not doing corrective exercises after birth, the wrong muscles can override and the deeper stabilisers stay weak.
Going through my Core Rehab program will help to train you in the right way.
My concern with the tummy brace is the impact it will have on your pelvic floor.
Your ‘core’ works as a unit and includes your deep abdominals and your pelvic floor. So by putting pressure around your torso and not regulating the intra-abdominal pressure, you could be putting pressure downwards onto your pelvic floor.
Ask me all your questions, it’s exactly why I’m here. And you know what, by you asking, it helps another Mama when she reads my response too.
Here for you, let’s get you feeling strong and confident in your core!
Author, Kerryn Boyle. 19/08/2021. 6 Months Postpartum with Severe Diastasis Recti – Q&A with Kerryn. Retrieved from https://www.pregactive.com/blog/6-months-postpartum-with-severe-diastasis-recti-q-a-with-kerryn