My experience with Diastasis Recti

February 24, 2015

Last week I talked a little about finally taking care of Numero Uno and a big part of that was finally taking the time (and cashola) to get my ridiculously destroyed core and pelvic floor issues sorted, cause i’m just not okay with peeing everytime I do a jumping jack and/or looking 5 months pregnant anymore.

Anyhoo. The first step I took was hiring an amazing Personal Trainer (Ashley Leong) at Body By Design. The reasons I chose Ashley was a) She knows her sh*t – like really, really knows it b) She wasn’t afraid to ask me about incontinence and other weird girly issues that are critical to my recovery c) She sets up totally realistic and attainable goals in a progressive format and d) She is not an obsessive gym rat who spends 24/7 working out – check, check, check and check.

Yah. I kinda wish I had mine checked before I went crazy with post-baby bootcamp!

Yah. I kinda wish I had mine checked before I went crazy with post-baby bootcamp!

The next phase in my “restore the core” process happened yesterday at Dianne Lee Physio in South Surrey. The cool thing is that Ashley and my physio Cathy had already chatted about my situation and will continue to work together (with my consent obviously) through this process. Go team!

The big question with Cathy was not the size of my “wrecked-us” but whether or not my core has enough connective tissue that still is strong enough to be “repaired” without going under the knife. So she fired up the ultrasound and went at it. Damn, that goopy gel stuff is cold!

And the verdict is….

NO SURGERY! YAY!

Well, no surgery if I stick to the plan and the exercises and basically train my brain to engage the deepest core muscles again (the transverse abdominus) which act like an internal girdle holding all your guts and muscles and stuff in. Apparently this can be done in 6 weeks or so if I am diligent with my exercises and then I can start on the next phase which is actually strengthening my core again.

And believe me, I am not expecting miracles, nor a 6 pack, but it would be nice to stand in profile and have my boobs actually stick out farther than my stomach for once 🙂

And today…today is the WORST and HARDEST part of this process for me. Nutrition counselling! More on that laterz as I need to stuff some chocolate almonds down while I am still allowed to have them 🙂

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4 Comments

  • Reply Carin Harris February 24, 2015 at 11:10 am

    AWESOME! I too am in the process of trying to repair my bits – all exercise leads to grinding pubic bones – not the fun way. I have to find someone around my town. Thanks!

    • Reply Christine February 25, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Oh no! Be careful girl! Make sure you find someone that really knows their sh*t – I look forward to hearing about your progress as well! 🙂

  • Reply Janet Nielsen February 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I can totally relate to this Christine. I had a FIVE finger ab separation after I had my (almost 10-lb) second baby. It took lots of time, patience, and effort, but I’ve managed to get it down to 1-2, which I’ve been told is as good as it’s going to get (sometimes it doesn’t go back completely). I feel strong again and much more comfortable. It’s horrifying that many ab exercises and all those post-baby bootcamps are actually making things worse. If only people knew. GOOD LUCK!

    • Reply Christine February 25, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Janet! That is awesome to hear! It gives me hope that I can finally NOT look pregnant after almost 10 years 🙂

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