Hi Judy! I love your blog, the advice is always so helpful. I have a question about post-partum exercise that I was hoping you would be able to help me with.
My baby is 11 mo old and i still have abodominal diastasis (separation of my abodminal musculature). I am a healthy weight and in really great shape otherwise. I eat well, exercise daily, etc. I just can’t seem to get my mid-section to bounce back after baby. I think the issue is that I don’t work my abdominals hard enough to get them back in to shape because it is painful due to the diastasis. But I can’t make the diastasis better without exercise – it’s a rock and a hard place situation!
I’ve read that splinting the abdomen during abdominal exercises helps keep a diastasis from being painful. When I’ve tried splinting with a towel it does seem to help, but i also don’t feel like I’ve gotten a very good workout in because i can’t use my arms. So my question is 2 part:
1) Could i work out in a belly band? I’m wondering if i got one of those if I could use it in place of a towel so that i could have use of my arms while working out. Do you think a belly band would work to splint my belly and help make abdominal exercise less uncomfortable?
2)Do you know any exercises that will help pull a diastasis back together?
Thank you so much! — Logan E.
I know several people who use the Belly Bandit to help with Diastasis. Here is an article for you to read about a splint that people have worn with their belly bandit (it was recommended to me by the folks that make the belly bandit). Use of this splint in combination with a belly bandit has been great at helping moms with Diastasis.
You can also read this article on my blog by Helene Byrne about fitness to help you get an idea of what types of exercises might be beneficial to you. Helene is a great fitness expert and she was kind enough to write an article for my blog to give tips to new moms on working out. If you’d like to contact Helene directly for more information, please visit her website as well.
If you are reading this blog and you have additional advice for Logan, please leave a comment here to share you advice, experiences and tips!!