Diastasis Recti aka Mommy Tummy

So I have just found out I may have a Diastasis Recti. What on earth is that I hear you ask, well continue reading.

Diastasis Recti – (abdominal separation) is a disorder defined as a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle into right and left halves. Normally, the two sides of the muscle are joined at the linea alba at the body midline. (Wikipedia)
In pregnant or postpartum women, the defect is caused by the stretching of the rectus abdominis by the growing uterus. When the defect occurs during pregnancy, the uterus can sometimes be seen bulging through the abdominal wall beneath the skin.




I first notices something when I was actually pregnant. If I sat up straight from laying down my stomach would turn triangle like… Somewhat pointed even. But I didn’t think anything of it.
After giving birth I still had quite a big belly which was going down slowly but surely. Between 7-10weeks I notices there was no kind of change & I still looked pregnant by about 3 months

I am now currently 11 weeks Postpartum & I thought something was weird for me to still have an outy belly button & a bump. I did some research on google & YouTube (as you do) and found a forum talking about the dreaded ‘mummy tummy’… And a whole load of videos on how to check & how to fix it.

I watched this YouTube video with my other half & followed her instructions…


My separation is about 3 fingers apart… You can imagine to my shock I was thinking Gosh yep something else wrong… Just when I thought everything was going right. I’m trying hard not to get disheartened and I have loads of support from my fella who has amazing words of encouragement.

I found an amazing splint to help bring the two muscles together

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I just have recieved my splint today as soon as I speak with my GP & get the all clear I will give updates on my progress.  

I will also get some advice on what I can do to help & making sure there is no other underlying issue.


I have to admit the fact that I have separated abs are one of my unlucky faits in this journey …BUT… I am pretty much healthy otherwise & I have a wonderfully amazing healthly baby boy. Things are still looking up.
 
But I’ll definitely be doing all I can to close that gap and regain my flat tummy.

Lotte xo 
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7 comments

  1. Helene Byrne, BeFit-Mom

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  2. Victoria Androsova

    very useful info

  3. Really useful post.

    The Baby Shower link party this week is focused on all aspects of pregnancy health and would absolutely love for you to link this post up – we’re trying to build a resource for other mums suffering with these conditions.

    Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  4. I have this…and I’m getting surgery to fix it soon.

  5. ohh no sorry about this! one of my friends has this! But hpefully you can get it sorted! i dont know if you watch GabeandJesss on youtube but she had this after twins, has a couple of vids on this might be helpful if you havent seen them already xx

  6. oh my goodness i think i have this… i have never heard of it before but what you describe is what i have. Thanks for the post i will get this checked out by a professional.

  7. Thanks so much for linking up at the Friday Baby Shower Alice xxx

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