Healthy Moms Blog
I often get asked how to include kids in a workout. What kind of things do I do with my own kids to get them involved? What do they DO when I am working out?
There is something about the start of fall that feels like a fresh start. The kids go back to our school and we moms can go back to our (somewhat) normal routine. It’s like having a clean slate to start over and as Personal Trainer, I am a huge fan. I love that so many moms recommit to taking care of themselves again, rather than just looking after their families.
“Diastasis…what?” you say.
You are not alone. Most women go into their pregnancies having never heard of Diastasis Recti, especially if it is their first. Word is spreading, but slowly, and mostly through mom groups and on social media, not from our health care practitioners as one might expect.
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis is the separation of the abdominal muscle in the front, the Rectus Abdominis aka the “six-pack” muscle. As women go through their pregnancy, these two strips of muscle separate and the connective tissue (the line between them down the middle, the Linea Alba), stretches to accommodate for the growth of the baby. For most women, some degree of separation remains postpartum, especially in subsequent pregnancies. This results in the dreaded mummy tummy, or a pooch in the front that just won’t go away, regardless of 100’s of crunches and intense dieting. In fact, you might be doing things, like crunches, that are making it worse.