Diastasis Recti affects more than 3 million people, most of whom are postpartum women. It usually shows up if you are over 35, deliver a large baby, or have multiple pregnancies. And yet, despite being so common it is also one of the least talked about conditions.
After the birth of my first son, who was 9lbs and 22 inches long (a.k.a a large baby), I thought I could carve away my post baby belly with crunches, planks, and other abdominal workouts. Little did I know, I was actually making it WORSE because I didn’t know what I was dealing with. After a year of improper exercise and misinformation, I almost ended up with an umbilical hernia, developed digestion issues, and had to have lab tests and x-rays done to rule out cancer because I was in so much pain.
It wasn’t until I became pregnant again that I finally figured out what was going on. My OB explained to me what was happening and after my second son was born (via a scheduled cesarean) she sewed my muscles back together to remedy the problem.
Now I’m 9 weeks postpartum and this time I’m taking care to make sure I don’t end up with Diastasis Reci again.