Diastasis Recti {Abdominal Muscle Separation}

Author: Charlotte O'Shea

As soon as I was given the go ahead from my GP to begin exercising and driving following my C-section 6 weeks prior, I began my usual pilates mat routines and Tracy Anderson dance/cardio workouts.

I exercised almost daily throughout my pregnancy, following a recommended regime appropriate to exactly how pregnant I was. In pilates for example, after 16 weeks I no longer joined in with the moves which require you to lie on your back, I was given side-lying alternatives instead. Working out for those 9 months not only helped to keep my body flexible and reasonably toned, I actually enjoyed the time to switch off – from work and the worries and unknowns associated with expecting a newborn.

Although I didn’t put myself under any pressure to lose the extra pregnancy pounds within a few months or so I was down to my pre baby weight and then some (I had been on holiday to France just before I fell pregnant so there were a few kilos of croissants, cheese and wine attached to the tops of my thighs and backside just before Mabel was created). I didn’t have any stretch marks and although skin is NEVER going to be quite as tight as it was after housing a small human, I didn’t have any significant excess. I mean seriously, how lucky was I. Probably because I was so awesome what with all of my bopping about to Britney, lunging, lifting weights (albeit small) even at 36 weeks. And then getting right back to it when Mabel was less than two months old.

Only my body wasn’t quite right at all. I suffered from excruciating back pain, I found even “beginners” pilates moves difficult after essentially completing advanced classes with relative ease pre pregnancy and my stomach looked, well, weird. Like there was a gaping hole underneath my belly button. More noticeable when I wore a tight T-shirt or vest. All I had to do was eat a bowl of crunchy nut corn flakes and I would appear 4/5 months pregnant again. It was really frustrating, and the harder I worked out the stranger my abdominal area appeared.

I noticed that when I leant back and deliberately forced my stomach to protrude it would form an odd dome shape. I knew that something wasn’t right. I eventually booked in to see a GP again, not least because the back pain was preventing me from fully enjoying the time with my baby.

When I showed her my protrusion she shrugged and said something to the effect of “Yeah during pregnancy your abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis) separate to allow for the growth of the baby and sometimes they don’t go back”.

She did not tell me that I shouldn’t be crunching or doing half the daily activities I was which only assist in maintaining the gap or in many cases, make it worse. She told me there was nothing I could do and that sometimes, abdominal muscle separation can cause issues with your pelvic floor and thus increase your chances of incontinence. I could potentially have an operation (which sounded horrific) if this was the case. All in all it was a pretty upsetting appointment. The first GP I saw for sign off didn’t even mention Diastasis Recti and certainly didn’t carry out any checks or give me any advice on what I should and shouldn’t be doing. And to someone who can’t sit still for two minutes “Taking it easy” simply doesn’t mean much. I felt as though my body, which I had made such an effort to look after both during and after pregnancy, had really let me down.

Your core is essentially the corset of your body, supporting your back, your pelvic floor and holding your organs in place. If the abdominal muscles are separated then it can’t function correctly. And when essentially your insides are not held where they should be then they will push out against your skin. Hence the protruding/pregnant looking stomach that is seemingly so difficult to shift.

Not one to give up hope and get on with it, further research allowed me to better understand my condition. I measured a five finger separation which was confirmed by a physiotherapist I managed to find based in London. You can check yourself for diastasis recti by lying on your back with your knees up, feet flat on the floor and using three fingers (palm facing you) to press gently to feel the gap just above your belly button. Lift your shoulder blades slightly off the floor and try to feel your abdominal muscles either side of your fingers. A gap is measured in finger widths, you may need to add more fingers if essentially you are unable to feel the muscle ridges either side of the three (I did). PLEASE follow this full video demonstration before you proceed.

By far the most helpful and seemingly researched/medically backed information and non surgical method for abdominal separation repair I have found was the Mutu System. (There are also some helpful before/after imagery of Mums that may assist you with understanding what abdominal separation looks like aesthetically and how it can improve). This isn’t a sponsored post, this is the method that worked for me.

I reduced my abdominal separation from a 5 finger gap to a 1.5 finger gap over a 4/5 month period of following the Mutu System core workouts and only performing pilates movements that improve your core function rather than potentially making it worse. For the last 10 months I have been really enjoying Reformer Pilates (certain movements modified as mentioned before). I have written about my classes in more detail over on Rock My Style.

I avoided (and still do avoid) the following:

a) Crunching or movements that include a crunch type action
b) Lifting heavy objects from a horizontal position without engaging my core.
c) Lifting myself up out of bed/the car/the sofa in a “jack knife” – I always roll slightly to one side and use my arms/engage my core so as to not put any unnecessary pressure on my abdominal muscles and potentially make any existing gap wider.

I was absolutely categorically NOT awesome in my approach to exercising during and after pregnancy. I was not offered the correct advice on what to do or not to do with regards increasing your chances of a significant abdominal separation. I am 100% sure I made my personal separation worse than necessary by performing certain exercises and not giving my body enough time to heal after the birth of my daughter.

Your body is amazing. Respect it.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to get back into your pre-pregnancy wardrobe, wanting to feel like “you” again, wanting to get yourself back into a healthy eating and workout regime. Just don’t do what I did and go OTT. Do your research. And most of all listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right or is uncomfortable then you could do yourself some irreparable damage. Take it from someone that has.

I have not written about this particular experience before because I didn’t know how to begin without the first part of my post-pregnancy journey making me sound like a smug w*nker. I’m also not in any way medically qualified so am very conscious that I will only write from a personal experience/endless research capacity and that any of you who suspect you may also have Diastasis Recti should consult a qualified practitioner. After my own experience I am also fully aware that this last statement may seem hypocritical. Always consult your GP or midwife in the first instance – I’m hoping there is more awareness and training in the last few years and that if I can even assist just one reader who has been suffering with back pain or a non functioning pelvic floor, then my job is done.

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section and I will do my very best to answer them, with two posts live I am poised and ready at my desk – core engaged!

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48 thoughts on “Diastasis Recti {Abdominal Muscle Separation}

  1. Hi Charlotte, my midwife confirmed I had it at a post baby home visit, 4 days in or something. I was then referred to the local hospital physio department and was given a range of exercises. I think they actually have a drop in service so you can just go along and get checked. I also went to Pilates classes with Claire Mockridge a specialist in pre and post natal exercise. Think it’s about fixed now!

  2. hi, I also had abdominal separation measuring 5cm. I was lucky as my midwives picked this up at my post delivery examination prior to discharge. I was referred by midwife to the local hospital for physio. I was lucky and closed the gap from 5cm to 1cm within a couple of months with some simple excercises. I assume because it was detected early I was able to close it quicker.

    The frustrating thing for me was I have private medical care. When I enquired if I was covered, I was informed that it was cosmetic in nature and I wasn’t covered! I was shocked by this as the physio at the local hospital informed me if left untreated can cause a hernia. I’m really not sure how a gaping whole In Ines stomach is cosmetic?!

    I can’t remember if I read Charlotte you had a c-section? I’m not sure how they perform the post baby examinations on someone that has had a c-section, I seem to remember they are quite forceful – my midwife had her whole had in my gap. Just wondering if that’s how yours was missed.

    I can’t fault the NHS or my midwifes – they were all amazing!

    1. Cosmetic in nature?! Well yes, it doesn’t look fabulous admittedly but I was far more distressed about the back pain, sometimes I would literally get stuck in the car as I couldn’t get myself out (!). There are images of hernias created by an untreated diastasis recti on line, I really feel for those women, I’m sure with the correct advice some at least could have been avoided.

      Yes I had a C-section, I definitely wouldn’t do the exercises I did again if I have another baby, far to soon and intense. I was actually told by the midwife and the NCT class teacher (we had a meet up a few months later) that I was fine – no mention of a gap or exercises I shouldn’t do. x

  3. At 22 weeks (and not much to show for it) this has come at a great time.
    I adore swimming and walking my dogs but have felt pressure to take up more (not helped by the fact I’m a maid of honour three months after my due date).
    ‘Taking it easy’ doesn’t really work for me either, but a few days of severe stomach and rib pain has put a stop to my, well meaning but unhelpful, jumping around.
    I can’t believe my vanity allowed me to hurt myself. Urgh. What a horrible thing to fess up to.
    I’ve signed up to a pregnancy yoga so that I have an expert to guide me and avoid any unnecessary aches and pains. Here’s hoping!

    1. Hi Charlie, I’ve read lots of articles that say you really shouldn’t do any abdominal work at all during pregnancy, apparently it’s better if the muscles are softer/able to relax and stretch to accommodate your growing bump. I think it’s great to continue exercising, it takes you feel good and keeps you healthy but I’m sure there is no need to take up more x

  4. The midwife told me I had this in one of my check ups post baby. I was just told it would ‘go back itself’. Now you’re making me wonder. Think it’s time to check out that video on how to check it!

    1. Hi Tracy, nope it doesn’t always go back by itself, especially if you have been doing particular activities that put a strain on your core. It’s definitely worth having a butchers at the video to check x

  5. My body is usually very loud when it complains- I did my first triathlon one summer Sunday, had a couple of days off before a loosener run and boom! Hideous stitch. Had to walk home. Positive pregnancy test the next morning! Have done zero exercise except toddler wrangling, walks and the odd swim since. And do you know what? Feel a bazillion times better than my first pregnancy when I swam and yoga’d and forced myself to keep gymming. I kept telling myself Jess Ennis and Paula Redgrave kept working out- yes Lucy, but they are pro athletes with personal trainers!

    I don’t think anyone here should be blaming vanity or putting them self down: there is so much social pressure to “snap back.” It’s like that old quote- a man paints a woman nude for his pleasure, puts a mirror in her hand and calls her Vanity.

    Thanks so much for sharing Charlotte- like the prolapse post a while back there are so many health issues specific to women that are little understood by GPs. The fact that child bearing and it’s impact on the female body is still a magical mystery ride with nasty shocks for so many women is a dark hangover of centuries of man centred medicine.

    Rant over and out ???

    1. I am 38 weeks and have kept exercising throughout purely for my own sanity and to keep anxiety at bay. I’m taking it easy now but I do feel exercise has really helped me stay calm, healthy and on my feet. I too am booked for a c section next week (arggh!! Next week!). I intend to begin exercise again when I can. Do you have any recommendations on the best kinds of exercise to start back with given your experiences? I always think how fab you look by the way – no signs of mummy tummy at all, just a lovely little Mabel!

      1. Hi Emily! You are very sweet, I do have a relatively flat stomach now after repairing the gap (as much as I can) and avoiding huge bowls of spaghetti bolognese πŸ™‚

        Exercise kept me sane too, and took the focus away from my back pain. I would recommend gentle pilates core strengthening when your feel up to it, no crunches, planks or leg lifts though (essentially any movement that will cause your abdominal muscles to be pushed outwards). Agnes above mentioned a specialist in post pregnancy exercise – I will look into this if we have another baby x

    2. i read an interesting interview with jess ennis – I can’t remember now how long she said she waited to start training again post baby but it was a lot longer than I expected and I think she said around 8 months before she started weight training. definitely take it easy mamas!

    3. Rant welcome Lucy, I spent many an hour with a raised voice in frustration as to why NO-ONE WOULD HELP ME, I felt like I was being ignored – or made out to be some kind of hypercondriac. A doctor who had twins has left a message on my personal instagram saying she didn’t know about DR either and she herself carried out exercises that made her situation worse – it’s great that she is so honest as it just further highlights that there needs to be more awareness. x

    4. Man centred medicine – spot on! I am still amazed that there is not a specialised doctor available for women during pregnancy and post natally dealing with all aspects of women’s and baby health including breast feeding issues (of the medical type such as tongue tie, thrush, mastitis), pelvic floor recovery, mental well being.

  6. Eeeeek – had never heard of this. I am 29 weeks pregnant. What can I do to help at this stage? Does anyone know?

    1. Hi Emma, you don’t need to do anything whilst pregnant – gentle exercise and don’t put your body under any unnecessary strain. It’s more about after the birth, making sure your body has fully healed and not doing crunches/heavy lifting/any strain on your core if you have muscle separation. I found the MUTU website really informative – definitely worth a look x

  7. Interesting post! I had a C Section 7 weeks ago & I think I may have this. I gained 3.5stone during my pregnancy & had a big baby! Back to pre pregnancy weight again now. My tummy is still huge, but it’s completely flat when I lay on my back. And if I eat anything my tummy grows massively and I easily look 30 weeks pregnant again. I keep saying to my GP my tummy doesn’t feel right, my bowels don’t feel right, I just can’t explain the feeling but it feels like things are shifting inside me when I lay down. I’ve been told by my GP that when I am able to (I’ve had an internal infection causing my stitches to open outside.. still have an open wound) to do plenty of exercise. Think I will be asking for a second opinion now.

    1. Lizzie definitely ask for a second opinion…”plenty of exercise”, but what exercise?! And if your body doesn’t feel right then it doesn’t, only you know how you feel. It does take time for your stomach to go back muscle separation or not – all the fluid and swelling from the c-section, 7 weeks is still so soon after a major operation – As I’ve learnt from research and reading about other’s experiences, not from GPs or my midwife. The media doesn’t help obviously, what with all the unrealistic imagery of snapping back after about 5 minutes. None of us know how much these pictures are a result of clever lighting, photo shop or flattering angles.

  8. Great post! When I had my 6 week check I too thought it was some sort of green light to basically do everything I was doing before I was pregnant. I soon learned my body needed a lot longer than that to recover from being pregnant and child birth!! I guess I’d never given much thought to the stress and strain all that puts on your body for 9 months so for me to expect it all to be back to how it was (in the way it looked and the way it behaves) was pretty naive. I’m 8 months post birth now and I’m not sure my body will ever be how it was pretty pregnancy so it’s now a case of learning and accepting what it can do now.

    1. Hi Sophie, Not including the issues with DR I would say my body took 18 months to feel fully back to normal (and obviously there are caveats in that statement) and I exercised a lot/didn’t really have much weight to lose etc. I notice now, almost 3 years on, that if I don’t do pilates for a few weeks/excessively consume cake and prosecco (Hello December!) that my body is very quick to lose tone and strength. That never happened pre- pregnancy, well, at least not as quickly. I guess age has something to do with it too obviously. x

  9. Oh Charlotte it’s so good to read this post! I had significant separation with my second child. My midwife was concerned about my back from 12 weeks as I work as a nurse so it was under additional strain. After my daughter I tried to get help (as I had a good 8cm gap) but I struggled. I saw a physio who checked my abdomen and confirmed my worry but I was seeing her for more “down below” problems so she could offer no further support. I have tried to improve the gap myself with exercise. However 2 years on I still look 5 months pregnant, which really bothers me and I do get upset about it. I also suffer with pain in my back, groin & buttocks. I have seen my GP with no suggestions of support. I have self referred to workplace physio as I can never seem to find online just what exercises I need to do to solve the problem or at least reduce it.

    1. Rachel check out MUTU – honestly, it’s the only routine that made a significant difference to me. It’s 10 minutes, twice a day which doesn’t sound much but can be difficult to fit in admittedly. I still do the core workout a few times a week if I can. One of the best exercises I found was lying on my back, feet flat on the floor and squeezing a pilates ball in-between my knees. As you squeeze engage your pelvic floor, do as many of these as you can before you die of boredom (sometimes I would put some make-up tutorial youtube videos on whilst doing it to make the time pass quicker!) x

      1. Ha ha brilliant!! I will do anything! Is it a DVD you purchased and if so where from? I am always so cautious with online exercise stuff. But I want to sort it once and for all as the pain is getting worse. It also affects my usual style of clothing choice. I know that sounds incredibly vain but I hate not looking and feeling like ‘me’. Thank you so much in advance lovely! I have benefited in so many ways from your ‘Rock My’ community I can’t begin to thank you enough xx

  10. After I had my first baby our NCT group clubbed together for a specialist post natal trainer to do buggy fit type classes. The first thing we had to do was to go and see her for individual assessment, one thing she was checking for was diastasis recti. I had a two finger gap and this was the first time I had heard of it. Most of us in the group had some separation so we did a lot of exercises focused on closing it up – even just simple things like pulling up your core when you’re pushing the buggy help.

    This time after baby number two, I’m doing lots of yoga and my teacher again specialises in pregnancy and post pregnancy classes. I had my first class last week since having my daughter and we were all checked. Luckily this time my gap has closed but we are still doing lots of core work to strengthen it all up.

    I think it’s an awareness thing, also understanding a post pregnancy body, so it’s great to have an article highlighting this issue and to hear it from a first hand perspective.

    1. Hi Agnes, this sounds like a great idea! I didn’t even know you could essentially book a specialist post natal trainer for group classes. Absolutely on engaging your core whenever you can helps to strengthen the muscles – I’m hyper aware of mine. I’m glad you found the article useful – your comment was definitely useful to me, if we have another baby I will definitely endeavour to find a specialist in pregnancy and post pregnancy classes. x

  11. You are so right about respecting your body. I too went straight back into exercising as I had been very fit and my body looking great going into my pregnancy with baby number two. 6 months after having her I was so uncomfortable when exercising and in my daily life and when I went to the GP I was sent to gynae and diagnosed witb a slight prolapse. Once I went to physio I found that the HIIT training I was doing was making it worse. I cried when I found out I shouldnt do most of the exercises I was doing, as keeping fit and maintaining my weight is incredibly important to me. A year of intense physio later I am much better but my body will never be the same again or be able to do the things it was before. Thank you for your story Charlotte x

    1. Francesca it’s a pleasure, and I’m so sorry to hear you were so uncomfortable and upset. I too can admit to having a cry on several occasions about my body seemingly letting me down, when I first started to do all the modifications in my classes I felt like I wasn’t able to fully engage in the classes at all – if that makes sense. But as my body became stronger I got used to it and now I enjoy them more. I tried to turn it into a positive in some respects and try and discover new things to do – that’s not to say I don’t miss all those crunches and leg lifts. Thanks so much for sharing your experience x

  12. This is so useful thanks Charlotte, I had my second emergency c section 6 months ago but at neither of my 6 week checks were my stomach muscles checked or discussed. I did an exercise class 10 weeks pp and it was my best friend who told me to avoid any planking/crunching exercises.

    1. So frustrating, especially after a c-section too. I’m glad the article was useful Carlie, good luck with your recovery x

      1. Just checked out the post on RMS and now trying to find some reformer Pilates classes near me too! Thanks Charlotte x

  13. I had this exact conversation with a PT friend of mine 2 days ago asking for advice and if I was doing the right sort of moves based on my research. I reckon I have a 3cm gap (makes me want to vom when I check for it). I’ve been avoiding any particular core strain in my workouts but I know I need to do some deep core stuff to try and rectify my ‘dome’. It’s so weird isn’t it. Will be checking out MUTU xx

    1. Yep also made me want to vom when I used to have to check and feel the gap. it just feels so…wrong. Anything 2 finger gap or less is ok though, just don’t do anything to make it worse x

  14. Hi Charlotte,

    Just wanted to say thanks. I remember you telling me about this when I was only about 12 weeks pregnant when we were at Iscoyd Park on a shoot. I was into intense workouts at the time and after hearing about what you went through I did some research and stopped doing crunches and high intensity workouts for the rest of my pregnancy. I’m sure I would have carried on if it wasn’t for you as I’d never heard of ab separation before. Olivia is now 7 weeks and I’ve just stated back onto excercise. I have just tested using the video link, and am just 1 finger. So thank you! You really helped me xx

    1. Hi Gemma! Oh so pleased – I was wondering what you had been up to as I know like me you were really into fitness/abdominal work etc. 1 finger at 7 weeks is great, it will probably close right up x

  15. Hi Charlotte. Thank you so much for your post. So glad to know I’m not the only one. I ended up with the separation after my second child. The midwife did pick up on it and told ne to mention it to the Gp at post partum check. GP not interested I was told if I wanted to I could self refer to a physio. Two years later went back to see the gp and was told there’s nothing to be done just avoid stomach crunches. All i do is run and do my pelvic floor exercises. It is now four years since having my second child and I still have 4-5 finger gap its so depressing especially when we want a third I think what happens if it worsens as my last baby was 9lb2. mutu could be the answer I’ve been looking for. I do think this is a topic that should be incorporated into our pre and post natal care. Thanks again, sorry for such a long post.

    1. Cassia dont apologise! I too am concerned about the effects of a second baby when my gap has never fully healed from the first. Definitely try Mutu – it will take dedication and time but I can honestly say it worked for me. I’m glad the midwife advised you – none of mine did (I had 3 altogether), I think I was just unlucky. And yes, it really does need to be incorporated into standard post natal care. So many more serious conditions could be avoided if it was x

  16. I have this post my 4th baby. I was told I didn’t and went back to exercising for a year before I realised as my back pain was getting worse and my tummy still stuck out like was pregnant. I think exercise made it worse as I was doing a lot of crunches and heavy weight lifting. I have also been told now that my daughter is almost 2 it won’t go back and there is nothing I can do. Will have a look at the Mutu system as I am desperate to try something. My gap is 3cm. Great article x

    1. Thanks Abi, so glad you found it useful. I don’t think there are any guarantees the gap will close fully but MUTU is recommended for everyone – even those that had a baby 20 years ago. If it’s any consolation 3cm after a 4th baby is pretty good going – you must have had a strong core to begin with which is really enviable xx

  17. I’m so so grateful to my pregnancy yoga teacher to telling us about it and doing quite a lot of work on it at our postnatal sessions. I’d never heard of it but mine was quite pronounced so I dread to think what would have happened had I not have had that specialist support. Thanks so much for writing about this Charlotte, its a really empowing post with no judgment just lots of info and personal warmth xxx

    1. Hi Katie! I hope there are more yoga instructors like yours, and so glad to hear that you received the correct advice and were able to close your separation x

  18. Hi Charlotte, thanks for this post.

    My experience is similar to yours. I was not told about the risks of DR either during or after pregnancy and when I went to the Doctors to ask them about it post partum I was told that mine was a mild case (5 finger gap) and just to “get on with it” as nothing could be done. My (male) GP actually sneered at me and refused to refer me to a physio and so I had no option but to go privately. Having gone to the physio I was actually told that mine was a very severe case and the physio was so angered at the GP’s treatment of me (and that fact that he had poo poo’d it as even an issue) that she wrote to him complaining.

    I had twins 18 months ago and discovered my DR when I, like you, found I had a really weak core post-pregnancy and really struggled with backache etc. My skin actually disappears into a hole in my stomach when I lie down (nice!) and I have a lovely wobbly ‘mum tum’. I did loads of research in my search for a cure and, like you, went down the pilates and Mutu route. These have helped me get a much stronger core but sadly my gap doesn’t seem to have come together at all. I was told by the physio that DR often affects women who were reasonably skinny to begin with as their bodies aren’t able to stretch.

    I have contemplated the surgery (not so much for cosmetic reasons, more just to feel strong again!) but the cost, and huge scar, puts me off. I can’t believe it isnt covered on the NHS to be honest and is classed as cosmetic! I think I will stick with my Mutu for now. I can also recommend the Katie Bowman book, if you haven’t got it already xx

    1. Hi Lisa, I am sorry to hear you have gone through the same experience as me – and that your GP was so ignorant and rude, I’m glad your Physio wrote a letter, hopefully it should prevent him putting other new Mums in a similar upsetting position. I do worry about having another baby – as I can only assume my DR would become worse. If this was the case then I would definitely consider surgery as I just couldn’t go through the recovery/back pain again. I have read that there are massive improvements and that the muscles can be joined in a more “mini” procedure. I am unsure about the whole mesh aspect however.

      I don’t have the Katie Bowman book but thanks for the tip – will have a butchers. I hope that in time you feel stronger and happier, I know that if I don’t do my exercises even for a few weeks my gap becomes wider – it needs constant maintenance. I sincerely hope that awareness will improve – thanks for sharing your experience xx

  19. Bit late to comment on this but wanted to add that I had a gap after giving birth 9 months ago (no one checked at the time and was given the all clear by my GP at 6 weeks)… I eagerly got stuck into my ab crunches in a bid to return to my pre pregnancy flat stomach and now have a hernia. I am putting off having it operated on until we’ve finished expanding our family (if it can wait that long), but I currently have a tender bulge, can do no exercise and will eventually have a scar. Who knows if it would have been any different if I hadn’t embarked on exercise so swiftly after giving birth but I wish to god I’d known the risks. Anyway, trying to remain positive as it is only a minor operation in the grand scheme of life #tryingtobebrave

    1. Nicky you are so brave! and sounds as though you did exactly the same as me. Bloody hell, the whole thing makes me so frustrated. I just don’t understand why the issue is constantly avoided or ignored. I’m sure the operation will be just fine, I’m not adverse to taking that option should I have another baby and my separation increases again. Good luck and lots of love x

  20. Late to the party but thank you for posting and especially mentioning the MUTU system. My little one is 10 months old and I’ve only really just got back into exercise (dancing, jogging and the gym) I know I’m not meant to be doing any heavy weights or crunches but it’s hard to know what I can do! I’ve been toying with the MUTU system for a while and joining pilates (which I’ve never done) as I still have a three finger gap and look about 20 weeks pregnant. In fact, someone said to me not so long ago: “And when is number two due?” I could’ve cried. You’ve convinced me to take a closer look at MUTU πŸ™‚
    p.s glad to hear it can be helped, starting to feel like I’ll always have this mum tum.

  21. Hello, ive been searching the internet of days now, only in the last few days ive learned about diastasis recti because of google πŸ˜‘πŸ˜– . Im horrified no gp or nurser or anyone caring for me through my pregnancy has ever given me any form of care despite my constant attempts, nervous to see my gp on monday now, i have to ask him to check to me properly. I dont even know if there aware of this condition. If they are i dont understand why ive been sent away so many times been told my mishapped stomach is normal.

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