On Tuesday, I mentioned to my trainer that it seemed like my abs had separated. She said they don’t actually separate but they do get thin and weak from pregnancy.
When I met with her today, she said she did some research to make sure she was telling me the right thing and it turns out that it is possible my abs really did separate. Apparently, I have diastasis recti. It’s common with woman who have had multiple pregnancies. After reading the Wikipedia definition, I wasn’t convinced. But then I read this RedBook article. I did their simple test and had Shane check it out too. I’m convinced I have this now. I can fit three fingers in between my ab muscles. Shane was really weirded out by this.
The trick to strengthening diastasis recti abs is to do exercises that pull the abs, not push like a standard sit-up would do. Here are the three exercises she is having me do…
Supine Single Leg Raise
You have to make sure to keep your lower back flat on the ground for the last two. And try to pull your belly button to your spine. I didn’t link to any site in particular for an explanation because I’m not familiar with good exercise sites. Google away!
And then I did 30 minutes on the treadmill. My kids are doing a great job with staying in the gym child care. I’m so thankful for this.
I completed week 1 day 2 of the Couch to 5k program. Almost 2 miles!
And more produce! The butternut squash and sweet potatoes are for Eliza. I’ll be making baby food tomorrow. Strawberries for $1.50 a pound! And Caleb is excited about getting to whack the coconut open with a hammer tomorrow.
What is your favorite thing to do at the gym? (treadmill)
What is your favorite fruit? (mango)
What is your favorite way to eat strawberries? (with cream cheese frosting)