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tummy muscles separated during pregnancy - can I now do sit ups again??

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Bicnod Wed 09-Sep-09 16:25:40

hello - I have always had pretty good stomach muscles (lots of running, pilates, stomach crunches etc) but my tummy muscles separated during pregnancy and are still not totally back together. When I do the lying on back and lifting head test they are still about a finger and a half's width apart.

Can I start doing stomach crunches again? I really want to get my toned tum back but don't know if its ok to start crunching before muscles are totally back together.

GP said go for it, midwife said don't so not sure what to do.

DS is now 4 1/2 months old.

Thanks

norktasticninja Wed 09-Sep-09 16:27:28

I'm no expert but I'd believe the MW over the GP every time. I think there's a long thread on this problem running on here somewhere.

Bicnod Wed 09-Sep-09 16:28:41

I searched but couldn't find a thread - if you could point me in the right direction that would fab grin

ib Wed 09-Sep-09 16:28:44

I started as soon as they were two fingers apart and it was fine. They came together much faster once I started on the pilates, too.

I would take it easy initially, though.

Bicnod Wed 09-Sep-09 16:29:38

ib - did you start with the leg raising exercises or straight into stomach crunches?

cluckyagain Wed 09-Sep-09 16:30:40

I too started back on pilates pretty early - they came together well but do be careful and take it easy....not too much 'full body weight' work.

JRocks Wed 09-Sep-09 16:31:02

I don't know if crunches would be good, but pilates should benefit you. That's the only thing that worked for me. I think it's because you work the whole core, not just strengthening the abs.

Don't go mad though!

noodlesoup Wed 09-Sep-09 16:34:29

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/childbirth/516945-i-have-a-spearated-abdomen-also-called-diastasis-recti

FabBakerGirlIsBack Wed 09-Sep-09 16:36:49

Mine separated when I had DS2 who is now 4 and I can look pregnant some days. I wouldn't have a clue if they are 1 finger or 10 apart but would be interested to know if there is anything I could do, even after 4 years.

Bicnod Wed 09-Sep-09 16:37:42

thanks noodlesoup - will have a read

so what i'm hearing is take it easy, start with pilates and build up.

i'm crap at taking things slowly but will try and force myself. i can still do a full roll up with no problems so think my tummy muscles are still in fairly good nick - fingers crossed they will come back together (and once i stop eating all the cake that is currently essential for breastfeeding i might actually be able to see them again as well wink)

cluckyagain Wed 09-Sep-09 16:43:38

Bicnod - mine came together pretty easily once I started properly doing the pilates again (and the teacher knew what she was doing).....2 more babies later and the tummy isn;t what it was, but certainly better than it could have been!!

Bicnod Wed 09-Sep-09 16:46:52

I can't afford to go to pilates classes anymore can anyone recommend a good book or DVD?

cluckyagain Wed 09-Sep-09 16:49:36

Bicnod - I have 'the pilates pregnancy' book which you're welcome to have (for the price of postage) - let me have your email address and I'll email you.

Cx

Bicnod Wed 09-Sep-09 16:59:58

that would be fab clucky - thanks i'll CAT you x

Bicnod Wed 09-Sep-09 17:00:43

oooo - couldn't CAT you... are you able to change your settings?

cluckyagain Wed 09-Sep-09 17:01:12

Crap - shall have a go!!

cx

cluckyagain Wed 09-Sep-09 17:01:35

OOps - meant to say cr*p!!

cluckyagain Wed 09-Sep-09 17:04:38

Hmm - it says they're already allowed...except that I don't subscribe - does that matter if you're sending to me? if not, would you mind posting it on here?

Bicnod Wed 09-Sep-09 17:27:40

ok - sarahbreese2000 @ hotmail dot com - hopefully no evil people will find that and fill it up with invitations to buy viagra...

thanks again

cluckyagain Thu 10-Sep-09 07:41:18

Have sent you an email xx

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