As any mother knows, pregnancy can be hard on your stomach. Aside from loose skin, there's the stubborn mom pooch - a rounded-looking belly that refuses to bulge no matter what. Most women have accepted that pregnancy and delivery will inevitably alter their bodies but what they don't realize is that some of these changes can be reversed.
If you, too, are dealing with a postpartum belly, bear in mind that it may take some time for your tummy to return to normal size with proper dieting and exercises. There might also be certain circumstances when the pouch never completely disappears despite your consistent effort to eat clean and work out.
What is Diastasis Recti?
Diastasis Recti is a fairly common condition experienced by women during and after pregnancy. It is the abdominal separation of the 2 long, parallel muscles of your stomach (rectus abdominis muscle). It happens when the abdomen stretches throughout pregnancy to accommodate your growing baby. The muscles typically return to their normal position after pregnancy. However in some cases, the muscles do not return to their original position. The space between the muscles causes the internal organs to protrude, resulting in the poochy belly.
Symptoms of Diastasis Recti
Diastasis Recti frequently causes lower back discomfort, hip and pelvic pain, incontinence, and, in extreme cases, hernia or pelvic organ prolapse.
There are some typical symptoms that might indicate diastasis recti. One of the most prevalent symptoms of diastasis recti is a belly bulge that persists even after exercising or losing weight gained during pregnancy. Another clue is when you lean back in a chair or get out of bed, your belly cones or domes.
If you’re not sure if you have Diastasis Recti, you can follow our guide for a self check.
Can you heal Diastasis Recti?
Yes! The vast majority of these symptoms can be improved and, in many cases, completely healed by strengthening the deep core muscles.
Improving Diastasis Recti with FMS technology
At M&G, we employ cutting-edge equipment that is particularly intended to treat pelvic floor and urinary incontinence. The device generates pulsed magnetic fields that stimulate the pelvic floor muscle to contract up to 50,000 times in 30 minutes with Functional Magnetic Stimulation. These contractions effectively rebuild muscles while melting residual fat.
How many sessions do I need to heal my Diastasis Recti?
The duration it takes to heal your Diastasis Recti is determined on the severity of your abs separation and the regularity with which you perform your Diastasis Recti treatments. You should feel improvement within 6 weeks of treatment .
What to avoid if you have Diastasis Recti (DR)?
- Avoid any heavy lifting or further abdominal straining until after you have given birth.
- Maintain proper posture.
- When sitting, use a towel or cushion to support your lower back.
- When getting in or out of bed or standing up from the floor, bend your knees, roll, and support yourself with your arm.