Check your belly!
Do YOU have a diastasis?
Odds are if you do a crunch and notice your abdomen protrudes, or has an alien-shaped bulge, then you have a diastasis. I noticed this happening about a year after I had my last baby, and I was ready to get my body back into shape. I'd do the exercise videos and when it came time to do the crunches my belly did not look normal, or like it did before I had babies. I thought maybe this is my new "normal" since having babies changes your body. I wish I knew what I know how; I'm sure I made my diastasis worse by doing all those crunches.
It's a good idea to check to see if you have a diastasis before starting to exercise after having a baby, no matter how long it's been. To get instructions on how to check for diastasis, check out the Tupler Technique's website.
When I first started this journey in May, I had a four to five finger split in between my rectus abdominus muscles. Now, 14 weeks later, it's only a two finger gap. I can tell that not only am I able to wear smaller shirts, like I blogged about last week, but daily activities like bending over to empty the dishwasher or picking up toys off the floor is getting less strenuous on my back. For that I am very thankful I started the Tupler Technique.