No I am not pregnant and I haven’t had a newborn baby in over 6 years, yet I still get asked because of my ‘Mummy Tummy’. One night when my son’s guitar teacher asked if I was pregnant and I had to answer yet again with the “No I just had a big dinner” I knew that something had to be done. Thankfully Samantha Montpetit-Huynh of Core Expectations heard my frustrations on twitter and sent me a message telling me that I am not alone and she would help me fix this ‘problem’ of mine. I booked an Ab Rehab®for Diastasis Recti training session on her website that night!
Samantha was so helpful and informative during that visit, she told me that my separation was pretty bad (I think it was 6 fingers wide), but that there was hope. I told her she needed to let me share with my readers all about mummy tummy, something I knew so many new (and not so new, like myself) moms faced. I hope that by sharing this information with you as pregnant and new moms, that I can help you a lot sooner, as the earlier you start after your baby is born the better. But don’t stress if you are like me, we too can fix this problem. I am still at it, but I will be sure to update as I go along.
So What Is Mummy Tummy Anyway? Samantha explains:
Mummy Tummy is a term every mom on the planet can relate to after they have had a child. Now I’m, not talking about muffin top or “the shelf”, I mean the pooch, ball that sticks out right around or under your belly button and just continues to get bigger throughout the day? Yeh that.
And after countless attempts at sit ups (AHHHH), crunches (ouch!) and other useless forms of ineffective exercise a lot of moms eventually just get “fed up” and begin to seek help. This is usually a trip to the doctor who will tell them either “yeh, that’s the way it goes after you’ve had a baby” or “if you want, you can have surgery”. Are you kidding me?? Neither of them could be farther from the truth especially if or when they don’t know what they are dealing with in the first place.
Diastasis Recti (separation of the Rectus Abdominis) is most commonly the cause for the mummy tummy. Your abs are separated, your organs are exposed and the more you eat, pushes them out – plain and simple. But can you get them back? Of course you can! But don’t get any fantasies that it’s easy. If your only alternative is to “suck it up” or have a $10,000 tummy tuck, then you must realize that the work needed to do it naturally is going to be a lot. But hey, I have never met a mom yet who wasn’t used to hard work. It’s just a matter of how hard you want it. Sound familiar?
So there you have it! But it’s not just exercise, it’s also a way of life. If you have a diastasis and it’s significant, there’s a good chance you have chronic back pain. You need to change the way you move and use your abdominals in everyday life.
But if you don’t do anything at all, please stop the crunches, v-sits and all the other old school ways of creating a six-pack just to make your mummy tummy worse and more importantly, hurt your back even more.