Diastasis Rectified

My journey to heal postpartum diastasis recti

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Mourning the loss of my heels


A fundamental benefit of the Mutu program is that you aren’t required to wear an approximating diastasis splint (side note: it’s die-ASS-sta-sis, not die-ah-STAY-sis as I once thought). Anyway, this is a good thing because you have to wear the splint 24/7 with the Tupler (pronounced Tuh-pler, not Too-pler) technique except for when you shower.

In exchange for not being corseted by the splint, we must try to decrease your intra-abdominal pressure. Or, we need to stop pooching our bellies out and scrunching up our lower spine because it’s stretching out our abdominus recti. Tucking the rear under and sucking in to try to pretend you don’t have a pooch will likewise do you no favors.

In order to decrease the intra-abdominal pressure you must:

  1. Get rid of all of your heels, even the slightest heel. Ladies, this means I had to get rid of my beloved Frye boots that I wore almost every day during pregnancy. Any lift at all will pitch your whole body forward and you’ll have to tuck-and-suck to be upright (heels also flare your butt up, creating a sexier/more baboon-like look). I bought two pairs of Tieks and one pair of Uggs (pictured) and I literally wear no other shoes. More closet space!
  2. Walk totally upright with your weight in your heels. I feel this most when walking up inclines with a stroller (hello, life in San Francisco!).
  3. Stop jackknifing when getting up.  This is the toughest for me because I always used to rely on the abs to bring me up. I kind of saw it as an extra strengthening exercise. No longer.
  4. Squat when doing all lifting. This one was not bad when the baby was 10-15 pounds but now I find it really difficult not to compromise other muscles when lugging around the man baby.

There are other things but the basic premise is body awareness and creating an environment that is conducive to healing the connective tissue. I say that with a little hesitation because most doctors say that healing the connective tissue between the muscle bellies is impossible and you have to get surgery, so I consider this all one big experiment.

*Note: I am in no way affiliated with Mutu and have not signed up for their referral program because I am not far enough into the program to endorse it. My only motivation for writing these posts is to find some solidarity and help me stay committed to the program!



A coming out of the bedroom post

Every day I impulsively turn sideways and look in the bedroom mirror at the big bulge around my midsection. I remember how taut and gigantic it was back in March, right before my son made his big entrance into this place. By comparison, it’s small now, but I was hoping I wouldn’t look pregnant at all.

I expected that as soon as I was healed up I’d be back to the gym doing inversions, wheel pose, Body Pump, spinning, and all the other things I genuinely missed. Weeks and then months went by and my midsection didn’t pop back the way I was expecting.

My doctor confirmed my three plus finger diastasis recti and told me to just wait until my last kid and she could do a C-section and stitch me back together (no, thanks!). She said if I didn’t opt for surgery I was just going to look pregnant forever. My upper back started to tingle, my lower back spasm.

I signed up for the Mutu course, but had trouble sticking with it. I don’t have Facebook so I can’t be part of their community of moms. I started to spiral, feeling that I’d lost a part of myself, trapped between wanting to be fit and not wanting to hurt myself further.

So that’s where this post leaves me. I hope that someone else out there with a diastasis recti reads this and finds some camaraderie with me in this journey. I am going to start the Mutu course by Wendy Powell again from scratch and post my updates here. I don’t plan on doing Tupler, but I may change my mind depending on if I see results with Mutu.