Crunches are forboden, so sayeth the diastasis recti gods. Thou shalt not move out of neutral. Thou shalt not flex your spine whilst lying on the floor. Why? Because pressure, pelvic floor, bigger gap, or something. The rationales vary. Indeed, I was once firmly anti-crunch. I talked about how … [Read more...]
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I wanted to write this post from the perspective of a neutral observer. I planned to look at the pros and cons of tummy tucks, the satisfaction rates, and the relationship between plastic surgery and body image. But, then I thought, “Bollocks. I’m not a neutral observer, and I can’t speak for … [Read more...]
Can diastasis recti cause pelvic floor disorder, or is diastasis recti simply associated with pelvic floor disorder, or neither? These are the questions that have consumed me the last few days. Why? Beats me. It’s like an uncatchy song stuck in my head. Nevertheless, the questions are … [Read more...]
In diastasis recti forums, women are swapping recipes for bone broth, recommending collagen supplements, and authoritatively advising on specific vitamin combinations. They need to stop. This advice is based on dietary myths, myths perpetuated by some of the foremost experts on the postpartum … [Read more...]
Bellies get a lot of body image blame. Postpartum women, in particular, try to excise their midsections as quickly as possible; no one wants to get the “when are you due” question while cradling her 6 month old. And personally, my postpartum belly was my body image Achilles heel. In other words, I … [Read more...]
To splint or not to splint? That is the diastasis recti question. Some experts say you absolutely must splint 24/7 to “heal” the connective tissue, while others suggest splinting will weaken your muscles, aggravate pelvic organ prolapse, or, ironically, leave you unable to shorten the connective … [Read more...]