Many women’s initial postnatal goal is to try and regain their pre pregnancy bodies. However, women suffering from abdominal separation will not be able to start their postnatal recovery until their gap has closed.
What is abdominal separation (Diastasis Recti)? Your tummy muscles, especially your rectus abdominis (the 6 pack muscle) gets stretched during your pregnancy, very stretched! Added into this incorrect breathing, poor alignment and incorrect build-up of internal pressure can lead to a condition called diastasis recti or abdominal separation. This is where the two walls of the rectus abdominis tear away from the connective tissue. This has serious implications and can lead to a whole world of complications including back pain and slipped (prolapsed) discs, pelvic floor weakness and hernias. So many women with abdominal separation are turned away from conventional exercise because of the risks associated to exercising with an abdominal gap.
Fear not! If your pregnancy has left you with an abdominal gap, Katy can work with you to bring the walls of your abdominal raphe back together again. Katy uses a Pilates based, whole body method to fix abdominal separation devised by well know women’s health guru Claire Mockridge. By using correct breathing techniques, with a focus on alignment and appropriate exercises, you can work to close your gap and start your postnatal recovery.