Flattening Your Tummy Post Baby.. the facts
This program is based on Vicky Warr's postnatal exercise and nutrition method which has been devised from her 17 years in the fitness industry working with mothers after pregnancy and beyond. The specific exercises flatten your tummy safely and effectively taking into account the physical, hormonal and lifestyle changes that you and your body has experienced.
Take a look at this video which explains about abdominal separation or Diastasis Recti which often occurs during pregnancy and which can be healed after pregnancy, with the right exercises and food choices.
The abdominal muscles go through a lengthening process when a woman becomes pregnant. After having your baby you may be thinking ‘What’s happened to my stomach?”
The appearance of your stomach could be down to loose skin and muscles, some fat or an abdominal separation ('gap') called diastasis recti.
An ‘abdominal separation’ is a space of more than 2 fingers between the rectus abdominis muscles, which is in two halves and often referred to as the 'six-pack'. In between the muscles is your mid-line, called the linea alba. The linea alba runs down the front of your stomach from your chest bone to the pubic bone. It’s composed mainly of collagen connective tissue, called fascia which is like elastic.
With the baby’s growth this elastic connective tissue stretches and weakens causing the 2 halves of the muscle to distance away from each other, which is the 'gap'.
As your baby grows inside you, your abdominal wall muscle stretches from the inside and pushes forwards to make space for the baby.
This ‘gap’ is more likely to be wider at the belly button and is measured in finger widths.
A normal gap is a width of 1-2 fingers. An abdominal separation, diastasis recti, is a gap of 2 fingers width or more.
This gap is increased pressure inside the abdomen and the force that creates against the midline and is not just related to pregnancy men and children may have it too.
Often the two pairs of muscle will come back together after the baby is born, however with some women the distance may stay for some time after having their baby.
You can check the distance yourself by watching the video below as Vicky Warr explains how to do the 'rec test'.