During my pregnancy, I was one of the unfortunate ones to get a rectus diastasis.
(Ed's note: This condition is a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface of the belly area.)
Well, I am almost 3 weeks postpartum and am fitting into my regular jeans again, but am unhappy how my belly looks in them.
This one is a brave shot for me as I never even took one of my bare belly pregnant!
When I asked the nurse before leaving the hospital what type of exercises I could do to strengthen my abdominal muscles and when I could, she was completely clueless as to what a rectus diastasis was (and it is common during pregnancy).
I have heard that regular crunches can make the separation in the muscles more noticeable. And I've heard that pilates can have the same effect?
Has anyone ever had this rectus diastasis before and was not a surgical candidate? If so, what were you advised to do to help it?