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Do you suffer from Diastasis Recti?

Most women, while pregnant, suffer from stretched stomach muscles and weakening abdominal muscles. This separation, called diastasis recti, results in a larger-than-normal distance—about two or more fingers—between the two sides of the abs. This often leaves a visible bulge or "belly gap" where the separation occurs, Herrera says. Overweight individuals, even men, can suffer from diastasis-recti. This is why my first class in my three-week Core Focus Classes focuses on diastasis-recti. 

Here's a little bit of my story... 

Two weeks after I prayed for a Tropical Vacation to escape the drearyness of Vermont's September weather that perfectly matched my mood, I discovered I was pregnant with our bonus baby. Because our other two children were entering their teens and becoming more independent, I had to take a moment to grieve what seemed like a setback. After all, I had prayed for a Tropical Vacation, not another child. But after succumbing to the fact that God's plans were better, I settled in, saw my third pregnancy as a gift, and enjoyed being pregnant. 

About six months in, I suffered from a twisted intestine and had to have surgery, resulting in a twelve-inch incision in my stomach to repair the intestine. My abdominal muscles weren't only stretched because of pregnancy but had to be cut to save my life during a crucial time of my baby's growth. After I gave birth to Aubree, the separation was more significant than usual. I had to engage in specific exercises to close the gap, perform core exercises once again, and gain a strong core.

Our core strength helps create a foundation for everything around it. When our abs are stretched and separated, their strength becomes compromised, leading to problems elsewhere. "A weakened core is one of the reasons why [pregnant women] experience low back pain, incontinence, pelvic pressure or organ prolapse, decreased sexual function, and sciatica [nerve] pain," Herrera says. Strong abdominals are essential for a strong pelvic floor, another muscle that's compromised when you have a baby.

This class is for you if you've had a baby, are overweight, and would like to strengthen your core, for those of you who are pregnant, and for those who are thinking about being pregnant in the future. I hope you will join me for our first class on February 13 from 6-7:30 p.m.

*Isa Herrera, women's health physiotherapist at Renew Physical Therapy in NYC


Comments (5)

09. Feb.

Love this ❤️


We are definitely going to try out this recipe!


25. Jan.

Great topic Heather! It's definitely one not talked about often and one that you just have to try to figure it out on your own, at least for me anyway.


20. Jan.

Amen, Heather! These words are so true and encouraging right now!


01. Jan.

Thank you, Heather, for your beautiful post. I alwasy feel so much love and encouragement from reading your blog posts <3

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