Did you know it may not be fat? A common condition among new moms, expectant moms, veteran moms and in some cases, even men, is Diastasis Recti – a separation of the abdominal muscle (linea alba) which leads to a bulging belly, low back pain and in some cases surgery to repair. Many women don’t even know what it is, if they have it and what to do to fix it. The most common mistake is to do traditional ab exercises like crunches which can make the condition worse.
A simple test to see if you have any separation is to lie on your back, knees bent, feet on the floor. Then lift your head, neck and shoulders off the floor as though you are doing a crunch. Feel with your fingers moving across your midline at your belly button, 3 inches above your belly button and 3 inches below. As you move through your center line, do you feel a space? Measure it with your fingers- one finger, two fingers, three fingers wide? If there is any separation, one finger or more, you have Diastasis Recti. At that point your abdominal routine should change to correct this situation. You should begin with stability exercises and exercises to work your transverse abdominal muscle which will help strengthen your underlying core. Have questions or concerns? Visit our center for this simple check and take a look at some of the programming we have to help you get started losing your Mama Middle!
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