There’s a hole in my stomach where my muscle should be

After 20 months of wondering, I’ve finally learned the truth.  I have diastasis.
Which basically means that my stomach muscles separated during pregnancy because I was so freaking huge.  And that without a whole lotta specific ab type of work, I will never get my body “back” to the way it used to be.
I’d brought up my concerns to a couple of pilate instructors in the past about this, but (without examining me) they declared that I probably didn’t have it because I’m fairly thin.  And I am.  But, no matter what, there’s this poochy, jiggly, sticky outy belly thing going on.
Even the trainer who examined me on Tuesday initially said I didn’t have it.
And then she stuck two fingers straight into my stomach.  It’s so freaky.

Where I live, there’s a stroller fit class once a week (for free) and I did it for the first time on Tuesday (after 20 months!  Go me! Haha.)  She’s trained in the Julie Tupler technique and I don’t know….maybe I’ll see about some sessions with her to try to get rid of it and strengthen my core.
I admit there’s 1/2 of me that says “You’re 42, you had twins, who cares?”  And the other less self-assured 1/2 that says “You’re only 42, why not look your best and get rid of the mummy tummy?”

Anyone else get this and have you done any work on it–like the Tupler technique?

Here’s a link to some great before and after photos.  If I do this, I’m aiming for #12!

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  • Reply Heather September 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I haven’t personally, but check out Moosh at mooshinindy.com.

  • Reply Anonymous September 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    It was SOP at my hospital (in Aus) to be assessed for separation a few days after birth. The physio took a session on tummy exercises to do, then measured each of us – everyone except me (the only twin mum!) only had minor separation. I think I had 5-6 ‘fingers’ so was given a tube of tight stretchy material to wear for the next few months. Worked like a charm. I still have a bit of separation, less than 1 finger, but it doesn’t bother me. Also, I never really did the exercises I was supposed to do. Oops. I’d probably be even better if I had!

    Good luck! Kim

  • Reply Hanen September 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I have this! But despite living in Aus, I didn’t get assessed for it, probably due to the traumatic circumstances. I wish I had, because people kept asking me if I was pregnant… Yoga has helped narrow the gap from about 5 fingers to about 2-3 but I wish I’d gotten a binder. Not sure if it is too late now as I’m now pregnant again…? But thanks for prompting me to investigate.

  • Reply somedayisnotadayoftheweek September 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    first off there are pics of you in a bikini and you look fabulous! but i get it. i’m in the same boat. something just doesn’t feel right. i have read most of Julie Tupler’s book and I believe it probably would help. For me i just don’t know how i could not do some of the things she suggests or only get up certain ways. might be worth a shot though. will be interested to hear your experiences if you try it!

  • Reply K September 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Oh my, I totally have this, and had no idea. I’m sure you didn’t intend this post to be a PSA, but thank you! I went home last night and soaked up a bunch of information online before doing the checks it recommended. It was like all these post-partum weirdnesses that have lingered on suddenly made sense! Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to do anything about it now (!!!) but I will not let 2.5 years go by again without giving this some focus. Thanks again for the links, and I hope you’ll share more about anything you try!

  • Reply Gayby Rabies October 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Yeah, I totally have it too! Didn’t know that it was anything that could possibly be fixable. You’ll have to let us know if this thing works!

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