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For any guys reading the blog, today’s post isn’t really for you. No offense, but today I’m talking to my fellow mama’s – the ones who have realized that not only do our bodies look different after kids, but they also function differently. And let’s be honest – that sucks! So let’s do something about it, shall we? We all spend so much time caring for our families, and worrying about our kids’ bodies and health – well, this year I’m making a goal for Taking Care of MY Body, too!
Let’s get real – how many of y’all pee your pants when you sneeze or cough too much, or jump on the tramp, or even just when you laugh too hard sometimes? I do, and it’s So. Embarassing! I didn’t know anything could be done for it, just wrote it off as another sacrifice to being a mom, but then I learned about Diastasis Recti, pelvic floor issues and what they have to do with incontinence. I’ve been working a 30-day program called Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor designed by personal trainer Natalie Hodson that was specifically made to help with these mom-body issues! There are actually exercises that you SHOULD NOT if you have Diastasis Recti, because they won’t make any difference to your body figure and/or can make your pelvic floor issues worse. You’ve got to fix this issue in your abdomen before trying to change your body, otherwise it’s all for nothing.
So what IS Diastasis Recti? It’s basically a gap in between your abdominal muscles – it can be part of why we have that ‘mommy belly’ or why, no matter how many sit-ups or crunches we do, our abdomen just won’t go flat. Natalie’s program has very easy-to-follow instructions – written and in video form, for those of us who are very visual people – with exercises specifically designed by her and Dr. Monique Middlekauff (a specialist on pelvic floor dysfunction) to help decrease that gap, so your muscles can go back together and help with that little (or not so little, in my case) pooch!
These two fabulous ladies explain all the science and specifics behind Diastasis Recti and the pelvic floor issues that so many of us are struggling with. I mean, if I don’t have to wear a panty liner every time I get a bad cough, or stop walking and as-discreetly-as-possible cross my legs when I need to sneeze, then I’m right on board! Enough of being embarrassed, let’s do something about it so we can not only feel like women and not toddlers peeing ourselves, but also have confidence in our body and feel like ourselves again by fixing our abdominal muscles to how they should be. And don’t worry – whether you’re 6 weeks postpartum, 6+ years postpartum like me, or even 20 years, then the Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor program can help, all from the comfort of the floor of your own home! It’s much easier since you don’t have to go to the gym – and yes, I’ve done this program plenty in my pajamas, so no shame if that’s what makes you comfortable and gets you working on YOU!
I love that this 30 day program contains lots of educational material to help us really understand the causes of Diastasis Recti and how to heal. They’ve even included some bonus information on nutrition, so you get to help your health and body on every level! I’m really trying to make a change for myself, to prevent more of those embarrassing ‘accident’ moments, and feel comfortable in my own body by getting over this mommy pooch – I know fixing my own Diastasis Recti problem (the big gap between my abdominal muscles), and strengthening my pelvic floor will really help my confidence. I’m focusing on taking care of my own body – who’s with me?