What's Diastasis Recti? A common condition in pregnant and postpartum people. It occurs when the rectus abdominis muscles (six-pack ab muscles) separate during pregnancy from being stretched. The separation can make a person's belly stick out or bulge months or years postpartum, it may fix on its own, with time, but not always. Most of the time, we have to actively help those abs close back up, and we can do that through proper exercises.
Always consult with your team (doctor or midwife) before you are cleared to begin, but DR exercises are a great way to help our abdominal muscles get back together, as sometimes it doesn't on it's own, and consistency is key. You can also start these through pregnancy to help prevent or minimize it as much as you can.
My favorite app for this is this one (code LAURA10 for a discount) it walks you through guided videos for each stage of pregnancy and postpartum! This app will walk you through 5-15min daily video workouts that you can easily do at home (they are not typical workouts; they are gentle and specific and can be combined with any other type of workout you do).
You can do them during pre-pregnancy & through pregnancy, to PREVENT & MINIMIZE your abdominal separation, as well as through postpartum, to help it heal back faster / close back up completely.
Once you create your account, you will create your profile to note exactly where you are in your journey (even if you had a c-section) and they will provide you daily workouts that meet your needs for wherever in your journey you are at!
But if you don't want to pay for it, here are some basic ones provided by my midwifes.
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