What I wore:
Let me first start by saying that I have never been diagnosed with Diastasis Recti by a doctor, but I am very convinced that I have it (or something very similar), and I try to follow workouts that aim towards curing it. I discuss it in detail here, but for those who don’t feel like clicking the link, here’s the definition:
Diastasis Recti: A loosening of the connective tissue in the center of the abdomen called the “Linea Alba”. This is a fascial band (thick tissue) that connects the right and left Rectus Abdominus muscles (they make up the “six pack”) to each other and is responsible for the visible groove that many slim people have running from the umbilicus up to the chest. (Definition taken from Dr. Sterry’s website.)
With that said, after giving birth, my stomach now looks similar to the one in the “before” picture below:
I discussed my non-snap-back woes here. Since February, I’ve been working out 3 days weekly at the gym, and using my Simply Fit Board in between. I also use Bio Oil and Hot Cream to hopefully take away the stretch marks. I’ve heard sooo many stories about the pros and cons of using everything I just mentioned. Some are fairytales, others are horror stories. I’ve decided to try different things out, and see how they work for me. Everyone is different, and just as with pregnancy, you can’t rely on what happened with someone else to determine what will happen with you. The doctor I referred to above wrote one of the best articles about Diastasis Recti, and his opinion is that it needs to be corrected with surgery. I think his opinion is valid because he is very detailed, and he says he’s also a Personal Trainer with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Although he might very well know exactly what he’s talking about, I’m going to try exercising first. The reason why I will continue to pursue the exercising route is because I have actually been seeing results. As of April 1st 2017, I removed soda, juice, rice, pasta, and bread from my diet. I’ve been eating rice almost every day since I was a baby, and since I took those things away I’ve seen more results. Prior to removing them, I didn’t realize how much these things were hindering my snap-back goals. My goal was to take them away for 30 days, but I’m considering keeping it going until June. I’ve been researching how to speed up the snap-back process without hurting myself, and I found out the best way to do that is to do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Click this link to see the differences between Cardio Training and HIIT. I’ve read several articles like this one, and they all discuss how fast you can see results when you do HIIT. Of course I know that I still have the potential “Diastasis Recti diagnosis” lingering over my head, and I’m aware that this might not give me the results I want. I’m still willing to give it a try. I’ve decided to follow two youtube channels: Moms Into Fitness & Fitness Blender. I’ll come back and update you guys on my progress. I’ll consider showing my full stomach in a progress update. I’m still processing and accepting my new body lol.