Fitness update – Diastasis Recti

Talk about a bummer.  My abs are currently sitting about 2-3 finger widths apart and I learned that I should not do any impact workouts including jogging and cize, in case you noticed that I had stopped doing both.  How typical.  This time I had a legitimate reason.

Diastasis Rectus Abdominis can be caused by many things, mine was caused by my pregnancy with Elizabeth.  I was able to receive a referral for physical therapy from my primary care manager and have been going for a few weeks now.  The workouts are very simple, but require quite a bit of thought to keep up.  It is so tough for me to know that although I’m doing these things I cannot expect any improvement because of my current pregnancy, but it is comforting knowing that being aware of my typical movements and doing many things differently will help prevent it from worsening.

It will get better, and I’m learning the correct way to get it there, I just need to be patient and continue working on it through this pregnancy (only 3 months left) and afterwards until it is resolved.  The main thing that I have learned is that in order to correct the diastasis you need to stop focusing on the ab muscles because working them can cause them to separate even more.  The correction is not in the muscles but in the linea alba.  In order to correct it, you need to learn how to work the transverse abdominis, which is interesting to say the least!  Essentially after learning how to engage that muscle you then include it with other motions and that is your workout. 🙂

Since I had to stop any impact-involving workout regimens I decided to purchase PiYo, on ebay of course, and am excited for it to arrive.  I will need to adjust or skip some of the positions they require in order to prevent unnecessary stress on my core, but I am so excited to get it and get back to working out.  It is such a bummer to have the drive to become fit and healthy but not the body conducive to getting fit and healthy.  It’ll get there, I just need to be patient.


Author: Katrina

My name is Katrina and I’m married to the love of my life, William, who is a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Together we have the most precious little girls, Elizabeth Lorraine and Alodia Claire. I'm so glad you're here!

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