This was my gym up until this week and I am more than a little sad about it. It even overlooked the ocean. Lewis, Jeffery, Ann, Lori, Gary and many many others showered me with encouragement during the whole pregnancy and made me feel incredible. Blah, I’m still in denial.
So, why did I quit the gym? Three reasons:
- Most workouts I do there will further the injury. Body Pump/lifting increases the abdominal pressure to a point where I can’t control it. Back pain ensues. The middle falls out during spinning. I can’t do more than half of yoga. Here is a helpful list of workouts you can do with diastasis recti after you’ve regained some stability.
- Baby logistics. I can’t seem to squeeze in the extra 20 minutes of train commuting plus the workout time in the windows where my husband is home (and they don’t have childcare). The only time that’s feasible is Saturday morning and that’s our new social hour since evenings are for sleeping these days.
- We’re moving. We’ll be moving to a new neighborhood in a couple months, so just thought I would stop the financial bleeding now.
So, for now, I will just walk and accept the new normal (at least the walking isn’t hard since we don’t have a car!). This is what Wendy Powell suggests, anyway: walk and do the Mutu exercises and let everything else go until your transverse abdominis is strong again. Feels a lot like starting at the very beginning, but there’s a lot about motherhood that feels that way!