Inside: Do you have a mummy tummy and just have no idea what to do with it? Diastasis Recti is a common postpartum ailment. Discover how Lindsey began healing diastasis recti with practical tips any mom can do.
Hiding and healing diastasis recti after baby provides practical tips that will save you time and energy when caring for and repairing your post-baby body. This post was written by Lindsey Stomberg, a stay at home, work from home, homeschooling mom to six children ten years and younger.
Written by Lindsey Stomberg
Hiding and Healing Diastasis Recti After Baby
Do you have a mummy tummy and just have no idea what to do with it?
It was not until my fourth baby that I realized I had developed a very warped abdomen after giving birth. It wasn’t that I was just out of shape or had a jelly belly. My stomach felt oddly lumpy and looked deformed even months after I had given birth. It was embarrassing and uncomfortable.
After researching, I learned that I was dealing with diastasis recti, a prevalent condition that many mommies deal with postpartum where the abdominal muscles separate.
Well, I didn’t work at healing diastasis recti after it developed following my fourth pregnancy, and then I got pregnant again. I just had my baby in December, and now my postpartum tummy is worse than ever, BUT I know there is hope!
I wanted to share with you what I have found about healing diastasis recti by asking other mommies and doing my research. These are the top resources and tools I have discovered to help those that want to get back into shape after giving birth.
What if I don’t have Diastasis Recti?
You still might find a lot of these helpful!
I absolutely recommend that you talk to your physician about healing Diastasis Recti and ask them first about these options. I did, and my doctor was very helpful, listening to my concerns and leading me down a path to research exercises and items like my Squeem perfect waist trainer (see my video review below!).
Make Postpartum Health A Priority
During the months following giving birth, you are dealing with a lot. You are healing physically, internally. Your hormones are all over the place. You are breastfeeding and getting little sleep.
It is a lot to deal with, but there are a few things that you can control to help set the tone for your postpartum care.
- Eat Real Food. You don’t have to go crazy here. Just cut out the processed junk and eat nutritious, well-balanced meals and snacks. You are sustaining another human life with your breast milk, and you are healing from birth. It would be best if you had a highly nutritious diet full of healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables to do the work.
- Rest and Sleep When You Can. If it is your first baby, it is easy to sleep when the baby sleeps. With each child you add to your family, though, your chances for catching naps flies out the proverbial window. Consider hiring a mommy’s helper or asking family to give you a couple of hours a week to take a nap or get things done.
- Exercise the Right Way. It is essential to get back to an active lifestyle, but not too soon. Give your body time to heal and then slowly work in low impact exercises and then cardio as your body can manage it. (SEE MUTU System below for the best postpartum workout solution!)
Healing Diastasis Recti With The Squeem
I cannot say enough about how much I love my Squeem. I love my Squeem because you can use it while working out or on the go. It has helped me to fit into my clothes sooner, and it makes me feel better about my body when out in public.
I think that we definitely should respect our bodies after baby. The figure we have as moms is a mark of endurance and blessing. We can respect our bodies, accept them, but also try to work towards a healthier state physically.
Who Is The Squeem For?
The Squeem for all intents and purposes is a girdle. It is not just for women who are healing diastasis recti or even those who have had a baby. It is a product that helps to flatten the tummy. In my research, however, I found a lot of women who gave excellent reviews for the Squeem concerning healing diastasis recti.
I do not suggest “belly binding” where you bind your belly consistently after having a baby unless your doctor tells you to do so. Wearing a diastasis recti splint or binder can help to pull those abdominal muscles together and can aid in healing.
However, using it, excessively may not be for every woman. I have read about some concerns that if you have an extremely weak pelvic floor, tummy binding can cause more issues – again, something to discuss with your doctor.
You will not fully heal from diastasis recti without proper exercise to help build those muscles back up. This takes dedication, but you can do it!
My Opinion: I have been using my Squeem for about three months now. I am pleased with it and do not regret buying it. While I don’t wear it all the time, I do wear it in public and sometimes around the house. I think it is overall comfortable and breathable.
Sizing: When choosing your size for the Squeem, Amazon has a sizing chart on their site. I really recommend choosing the larger size if you find yourself in between sizes. It will give you room to breathe better. Amazon has an excellent return policy, so if you get the wrong size, Squeem don’t panic. Also, check out the comments section below in the review on Amazon. There are a lot of helpful tips for sizing issues there.
Healing Diastasis Recti With The Mutu System
Okay, I must admit I have been wanting to sign up for the MUTU System and just haven’t yet. The reason I am sharing it with you is that I have heard such raving before and after reviews of this from fellow mommies that I cannot deny its quality and effectiveness.
This is a program specifically for healing that mommy tummy that you want to get rid of and just cannot. They have full exercise programs for pregnancy and postpartum, and all the exercises you need to specifically target the muscles that are to blame for diastasis recti.
Sign up, and we can do it together! They have a MUTU Mamas Community forum for asking questions and getting encouragement.
The “Battle Scars” Of Pregnancy
I am well aware of what a mummy tummy can do to one’s confidence. Not feeling good about your body can go so far to affect intimacy in marriage. Being out of shape can keep you from enjoying activities with your family.
There is so much going on in our bodies after giving birth. From hormones to fatigue, and it can really get to you. It is important that we talk to our doctors first, but also do our own research to find out what we can do to feel our best.
For all women, it is vital to have proper nutrition and sleep patterns. Exercise done correctly can speed up your healing time, increase your energy and your confidence. It is critical to do all three because our body needs each of them to function correctly.
We should always love our mummy tummies because we wouldn’t trade them for the world, and more than likely, we will never get rid of them completely. I do find myself though accepting my being out of shape, and I don’t think that is healthy.
I need to take care of myself because I want to continue to be able to take care of my family. Hopefully, you feel the same way.
Have you healed from diastasis recti? I would love for you to comment below with what you did to aid in the healing process? How have your feelings towards your post-baby body changed?
And if you are interested in joining me, I just enrolled in the MUTU System that Lindsay mentioned above! I can’t wait to start healing my mommy’s tummy!