We prepare ourselves mentally, emotionally, financially for a baby…an addition to our family, but how about ourselves physically? You take your vitamins and you do all your medical checks, sure, but do we correctly prepare, train, and nurture our body throughout the process? Or thereafter?
Our body goes through an enormous amount of change. And most of them are well known. One, in particular, is so common among pregnant women but is hardly spoken about, there’s little to no education pre or postpartum. And it’s just not good enough. Diastasis Recti (DR) is the partial or complete separation of the Rectus Abdominis or also known as Abdominal Separation.
I wish DR was a topic included in pregnancy education by the hospital. Without knowledge we end up worsening an already weakened abdomen. A crucial aspect of a mother’s recovery is often left to the guidance of misinformed and uneducated trainers. A mother’s body, a weakened one to some, is in fact a strong and fierce one, that needs as much TLC we give to our babies to fully recover.
I learnt the hard way.
Mums n bubs class with my 1st baby…or so they called it. I was so excited to step back into the gym again 4 months postpartum. I had a bulging belly and I looked 4 months pregnant, I was excited to start to loose the baby weight. I had severe DR, and didn’t know much about it, but after some google research, I knew what not to do. If only I knew what I should’ve done.
So in I went and the warm up was to sprint from one end to another. Okay I can’t do that. Jump squats…can’t do that either, crunches; a definite ‘no no’. As the rest of the class went on, I stood there, unsure, feeling pressured and anxious. I felt myself heat up. Tears started flowing and before I burst into tears I picked up my things and left.
Never again! There’s a lot I couldn’t do but so much I could. Why didn’t anyone tell me?
Just because they call it a mumma class for mums does not mean they know how to help recover a mumma body. Oh how I wish I knew what I know now. Why didn’t anyone tell me?
My DR unfortunately never healed.
Then came my second pregnancy and I promised myself I would do it better. I was recommended Anita’s program with Fit For 2. A saving grace. Who would’ve known that amongst all the pregnancy changes I could finally start to feel in control, strong, like Anita says “Strong like a mother”.
Now all I do is preach her program because not only is it a safe journey back into exercise, it’s guided in more ways than just the physical with a MumSafe Trainer.
We need to change. Recovering our bodies shouldn’t just start postpartum. It must start in conception and pregnancy education from a Certified Trainer and educator. Knowing what DR is shouldn’t be at the women’s physio getting a diagnosis. It should be well-known, mindful education. Training should only be with a certified trainer and we should be surrounded by community, after all it may take a village to raise a baby but that village lifts the mother along the way first.
Training with Anita whom is a Qualified Midwife, Mum of 2 and Qualified Pregnancy and MumSafe Trainer is the best thing i ever did for my physical and mental health.
buy pre gabapentin Why didn’t anyone tell me? Well, change starts with us.
Take the first step…
Written By: Daleeda Daood – Mum of 2