Diastasis Recti is a condition that a vast majority of women know nothing about. I never knew about it until after my second child was born back in 2012. Looking in the mirror I knew that there was something not right with how my tummy looked and felt. That this “mommy tummy” I was sporting was way more.
Diastasis Recti is when your abdominal muscle (linea alba) does not come back together after birth. This can also be something that someone is born with and even men can suffer. It is mostly seen in women postpartum.
Over the past six years, this condition has GREATLY affected my quality of life. After I had my second daughter, son, miscarriages and our final child in 2017 it has gotten more severe.
I hit a place that I just could not take it anymore. Here’s why:
I USED TO….
I used to be able to hike without pain.
I used to be able to stand in a line longer than 5 minutes without pain.
I used to be able to run and play with my children without pain.
I used to love my body, curves and all. Now I walk down the street and people ask me if I’m pregnant shattering my self-confidence.
I used to be confident being close to my husband.
I used to be able to meet new people with confidence. Now I have anxiety to the point where I will avoid going out.
THE BIGGEST CHANGE
The one that hurts the most out of all of the above is probably the decrease of hiking. Being physically active outside was where I found myself. It was where I got inspiration and felt close to God. It was also where we have made great memories as a family. My children learned perseverance and experienced adventure in the outdoors.
Having not been able to hike like I used to has been a huge blow. I usually can’t get through saying it out loud without some tears starting to form.
SOMETHING NEEDED TO CHANGE
When I was pregnant with Margaret I enrolled in an online course with The Tummy Team. Did you know that even when you are pregnant you can take measures to close your diastasis recti and or prevent it?
I was enjoying the course up until nausea set in and I could barely stand some days. Unfortunately, I had to quit the program early.
Since having Maggie my diastasis recti has become a huge 8-inch gap in my midline. I contacted the Tummy Team and asked a second opinion after I was told by a local physiotherapist that it was highly unlikely that I would be able to close this on my own.
They believed that with hard work and consistency I WOULD be able to close my diastasis recti. A strong core and little as 2 finger gap are considered closed in my situation.
THE TUMMY TEAM
The Tummy Team has created some amazing programs to help any woman at any stage to repair their diastasis recti. Kelly Dean, the founder knows the pain as she suffered from a large split herself. She makes for the PERFECT teacher as she knows exactly what you are going through.
I took the 8 weeks Core Foundations program. At the beginning of the program, my tummy was 44 inches around the largest part. I’ve been able to get that down to 41 inches in the 8 weeks.
Since my gap is extremely large it’s going to take more than 8 weeks to fully close. This has taken me a little bit to come to terms with. I’m one of those, “need results right away” type gals. It’s a curse.
After an e-session with Kelly, I was advised to start back a few weeks in the program to gain more control of engaging my transverse muscles.
If you head over to my Instagram page you will see in my highlights my journey over the weeks. I still have a LONG road ahead of me. Surgery still might be in my future but for now, I’m trying my hardest to take it one day at a time. Some days my emotions take control and I grieve the body I long for. The one that is walking in the forest drinking up its splendor without pain.
For the next 24 hours, The Tummy Team has a HUGE sale going on for all online-programs in honor of Kelly’s 47th Birthday! If you are pregnant and need the prenatal course, postpartum or preparing for surgery each one is on sale at 47% off!
Click here to find out more and book!
If you are unsure if you have diastasis recti or not please see this video below on how to check! I’m praying that through sharing my journey it will touch a woman just like me who felt hopeless and alone!