My midwife and chiropractor each have given me the same encouragement over the past year: “Exercise/Stretch for Healing; Repair that Muscle Damage!”
(“Ok, thanks,” I said. And proceeded to do nothing.)
But by the time my maternity clothes were packed away (Thanks, Trina), my abdominal muscles still hadn’t healed. It’s called Diastasis Recti; that separation of the muscles that causes a little “pooch” in front.
The muscle separation is normal during pregnancy, to accommodate your growing baby. But the muscles can have trouble healing when postpartum; especially after repeated pregnancies.
The lack of abdominal support creates a weakness, that snowballs into backaches; even “putting my back out” on occasion, just with simple tasks like vacuuming. (Then, the aches proceed through the rest of the body, resulting in sore feet, headaches, etc.)
Each day on my feet, caring for my family, wearing a baby, carrying groceries, and stacks of library books, I notice it.
Finally, I knew the best solution was to actually do something. I followed Trina’s advice in Embracing Beauty, and sought out Fit2B Studio, who specializes in abdominal muscle exercises that are safe for and actually promote healing for Diastasis Recti! (Some types of exercises can actually worsen the problem, to this targeted instruction is so helpful!)
View a Free Sample exercise video here.
Even if you’re not healing a postpartum belly, these are wholesome exercises for everyone in the family!
You can read my review of Embracing Beauty here, and see how it has simplified my wardrobe on a budget, after I packed up those maternity clothes!
For everyone else, you can use the discount code frugalgranola to get $10 off a 3-month membership to Fit2B Studio! You can access the short fitness instruction videos on any Internet-ready device.