Happy New Year! Another year has passed in the blink of an eye. This is the season for reflecting on last year and planning how to make a better 2014. One thing that I mentioned previously that I am still self concious about is my stomach area. Since I became a mom, the area around my belly button has become an outie and the area around it has looked kind of puffy. I chalked it up to hormonal weight distribution and really thought that when I stop breastfeeding the fat in that area would sort of dispurse as I have read other mothers describe.
However, I am not so sure about that anymore and the main reason is because I believe that I have a diastasis in this area that is casuing the buldge. A diastasis is when your ab muscles separate and the connective tissue holding the two halves of your rectus abdominus gets streched out.
You can test for a diastasis by lying on your back and lifting your head, then trying to feel the space in the center of your abs. If there is a gap, you have a diastasis. Julie Tupler says in her book, “Lose Your Mummy Tummy,” That 98% of mother get some type of diastasis.
You can have diastasis at the top, middle, and bottom of your abs or some combination of all three. My diastasis is about 2.5 fingers wide (yep they are measure by how many fingers you can fit in the gap) and at the center of my stomach, right at my belly button. It is also probably why I have an umbilical hernia (outie).
Before I found the tupler technique, I spent a long time looking at surgical options. When I came across the tupler technique it really fascinated me because it uses techniques similar to the ones we use in pilates to help heal the diastasis naturally. I have been using the Tupler technique to help repair my diastasis. The Tupler Technique has four steps that you are supposed to follow:
Have you tried the Tupler Technique? Any thoughts?