Before having children the word diastasis meant absolutely nothing to me. Now after welcoming my two precious people in the world it’s something I think about a lot. The Baby Center describes Diastasis Recti (official name) as what happens when the rectus abdominis muscles in your abdomen separate during pregnancy, leaving a gap that causes your belly to pooch out.
I had always been a curvy girl but at the same time had a relatively flat tum. After my first my body didn’t feel the same, but I had a bit more luxury of time to go to regular Buggyfit classes and attended weekly Slimming World meetings. My core, diastasis and pelvic floor were never an issue after this. In fact I was the slimmest I had ever been, losing three stone during my first maternity with Slimming World.
However very soon after returning to work, from my first maternity, I fell pregnant again. This is where bad habits started to creep in and soon weight started to creep back on. Tiredness from working, dealing with a young sleepless toddler and being pregnant meant I began to move less. My body definitely didn’t cope with the effects of pregnancy the second time round.
It took at least six months post labour this time for me to start thinking seriously about my body and health again. This is when I started looking at options to help post natal recovery and discovered a course called Holistic Core Restore.
Holistic Core Restore
I booked onto their six-week foundation course, which focuses specifically on improving pelvic floor fitness and building core strength. It has been developed by Jenny Burrell, who built the course framework on the basis of the following principles:
Each week I attended a class, which lasted about an hour, to learn specific exercises. We were tasked to carry these out these exercises at home over the following week. We also learn’t about specific nutrition to help restore core muscles. One of the lessons included learning about the healing effects of tumeric.
During the first weeks class my diastasis was checked and noted, so we could compare it back at the end of the course. I really tried to be consistent with the homework each day. This paid off, as by the end of the six weeks my core strength had improved significantly and my stomach muscles gap had reduced.
As well as improving my core strength I also really enjoyed the social aspect of the course. This was the first time I’d done anything for just me since having my youngest and was a welcome break from the house. There are numerous Holistic Core Restore coaches across the country so you can look up your own class (Find a coach).