This coming weekend I will be attending the Bellies Inc Course for Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists in Ontario. Their vision is to help eliminate "Mummy Tummy" - aka Diastasis Rectus Abdominis - by providing education, training and products. DRA It is a common condition that can affect a men and women, and it seems to be getting more "press" these days - which is a great thing! You will not believe the number of post-partum women who have been told something along these lines: "it's just your new post baby body" or "there's nothing you can do" or "just work on losing the weight". But with new research coming out and with increasing awareness that DRA is not normal, more and more mamas are less and less willing to live with Mummy Tummy (ie. the Jelly Belly), which can wreak havoc in so many areas of life.
So what exactly is Diastasis Rectus Abominis?
What causes Diastasis Recti? Who gets it?
So if it's considered a normal adaptation, what's the big deal?
What is considered to be a "normal acceptable" IRD?
How do I self-assess for Diastasis Rectus Abdominis?
How does a post-partum mom fix a DRA?
So how do I prevent Diastsis Recti from worsening?
What can you, a pelvic-floor physiotherapist do for my Diastasis Recti?
Well, I am sure to gain some new insights about diastasis recti after completing the Bellies Inc. course. I will write an updated post to share any new info I learn from the course, so please check back!
If you suspect that you have a DRA, please don't just accept it as your new normal post-baby body. It will not get better on its own and is very likely to worsen and cause other problems related to a dysfunctional abdominal canister. Contact me for a professional assessment of your pre or post-natal belly and also check out the Mummy Tummy Redefined program - it might just be the thing you've been looking for. Also, please share this info with your pregnant or new-mommy friends. And your doc. And your midwife. And anyone else you can think of. Knowledge is power!
I'd like to hear about your experience. Do you have a diastasis recti? Were you told it's normal and to just accept it? What is your story and how has it impacted your life?
The Mama's Physio
We are a team of experienced physiotherapists with a passion for women's health and well being. We focus on pelvic health in the context of the whole body. We care for pregnant and post-partum mamas and women at all life stages from teens to the young at heart. We are mothers ourselves and we are women. We love what we do and we are here to serve you.