First off, the folks over at Mutu made a very helpful infographic about what diastasis recti is, when it’s a problem, how to measure it, etc. There is a lot of disparate info out there about diastasis and it’s a concise and easy-to-digest summary.
Week six does not introduce any new exercises. Wendy must know that getting halfway through the program can be a rough spot, especially if you haven’t seen the results that you want. I have been trying hard to stick to the guidelines, change my lifestyle, and do the exercises.
I can’t control, however, that my 7mo is now 21lbs and going through a very clingy stage. As much as I try not to move in ways that will undo my hard work, there are times that it’s just not feasible to protect that belly and things come poking out.
So, thanks to Wendy for talking some sense into me! It’s normal to not yet see a big or any decrease in width of diastasis recti and it’s also normal to feel like you’re spinning your wheels. So, I’m going to keep moving forward and just trust this is the best path forward. Despite feeling like I’m paddling upstream, I do think I see some progress in the right direction this week.
A note on the exercises
Just a note for those of you also doing the program, I think I may have started with a little lighter weights. The 5lb weights seemed very safe at the time (in fact, I kind of felt like a weenie buying them), but especially in the chuck-over-the-shoulder moves, I have to really focus so that I don’t compromise my back. I’m also still doing “Gecko with Attitude” as a modified plank on my knees with no weights.
My doctor never checked me for a hernia, which is probably for the best because she also told me I can do all the crunches I want and that surgery is the only thing that will help and why don’t I go ahead and have a C-section with my last kid so she can repair the diastasis at the same time? So, my doctor was not a great help.
I’ve been noticing a hard bulge come and go above my belly button where my gap is largest (I carried very high), and for the first time I can see it in my photos for this week. It’s not super obvious, but you can see my belly took on a different shape this week – more squared off.
There’s not really anything I would do if I had a hernia unless it got strangulated or I felt consistent pain. For now I am just sticking with the exercises and trying to keep an eye on it. If I can reappropriate the abdominal pressure correctly, the hernia shouldn’t feel the need to poke through my connective tissue anyway. Whether it is poking through or not does seem to affect the measurement of my diastasis and my ability to do the exercises, though. For example, “Drop your heel, find your middle…no hands!” is impossible to do safely if the bulge is there.
I’m moving in two days, so we’ll be packing up my computer tomorrow. Good thing I have the exercises memorized! I will be back online next week, hopefully with some good progress to update you with!
How is MuTu going for you? I’d love to hear your updates and encouragement!