“Will it not be a problem, if I start it later, when I have more time for it?”
These are the questions in new moms mind, when they are faced with Diastasis Recti.
Let’s think together:
After delivery, abdominal and trunk muscles are weak. The stretching impact that came from the inside for months weakened, or completely turned off the brain-nerve-muscle connections. In result, the muscles that support the torso are not working, and the inside supporting factor (the baby) is not present either.
What happens now?
Us, mothers, pick up the baby, we feed them, hold them in our arms, put them into the crib, and when they cry, we take them out from there. And we do all this, without a functional, trunk supporting muscle system.
Although the baby’s weight is only 3-4 kg, it changes rapidly. At the same time, our trunk muscles will not return to their functional state, if we do not exercise them. If we add the length of our arms, as leverage to the weight of the baby, which increases the severity of the load on our spine: we increase the chances of the formation of disc herniation.
The bigger the baby, the more we put them on our hips, freeing up our dominant hand with it: the more we do this with a heavier baby and less trained trunk muscles, the bigger chance we have for scoliosis and the pain that comes with it.
But when can we start exercising?
The first exercise of Bellyy training program is the correct learning and execution of belly retraction. Our abdominal muscle is tightened when we simply get out of bed, or standing up from a sitting position. Practising the belly retraction is not bigger strain than waking up from bed. This is why-if the doctor doesn’t order any other way-it is possible to try doing the exercises the next day after delivery.
The closer we start exercising to childbirth, the faster the results will be and the easier the first period of work around the baby will be.
If you have a chance-and the doctor’s order doesn’t say otherwise-start exercising in the days after delivery.