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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,443
1/7/13 3:04 P

Here's another article you might find helpful:

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1/7/13 2:39 P

Yes My doctor diagnosed it after the 3rd pregnacy and the c section with the 4th certainly didn't help the situation. I am not insured so surgery is not an option but he did mention it as a way to fix it . This was two years ago and I have been less than dilgent about working out. I will try the exercises in the article and see how it goes. Thanks.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,443
1/7/13 1:21 P


Did your doctor diagnose you with diastais recti when you were pregnant?

You've gotten some good advice already. There's no way to target fat loss to a specific area of the body, but as you lose weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise, you'll begin to lose in those places where you carry excess.

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1/7/13 12:57 P

Ask your doctor about diastasis recti. This is a common (and very treatable) condition that involve the separation of your abdominal muscles.

Don't bother with the crunches and such; there is no way to target your trouble zones. :) We all have them, and they're usually the last places to let go of the fat!

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1/7/13 12:53 P

I will try those exercises. I know I can't target the fat loss from a certain area , and I am certainly working on the healthier diet. Thanks for the advice.

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1/7/13 12:40 P

While I am certainly not a personal trainer, what you said about your muscle split made me think of an article I read about why some moms should not be doing crunches. Here is the article:

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
1/7/13 12:30 P

Edit the title of your post to ask for help from a coach. There's a few who answer questions on the forums.

Have you spoken with your doctor?

Also, targeting a specific body part will not make it shrink. You cannot spot reduce fat. The only way to make your midsection smaller is by consuming less calories than you burn. Then, your body picks where the fat comes off. My belly has been the last thing to go, and, even at a size 2, I still have some jiggle. Concentrate on your diet, clean it up, see where you're at, calories wise and continue to do strength exercises. Not just for your core, but total body. Big compound movements like barbell squats and deadlifts are great. Even though the abs aren't the targeted muscle group, your core really has to engage to keep your balance. Clean and press is another good one.

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1/7/13 12:02 P

I had a c section with my last child, and my 3rd child was so large my mid line muscle was almost split. I need to know if anyone has ideas for engaging the abs. I noticed doing a Pilates video that I am using more back muscles than abs because I have sensation really below the belly button. I don't have a paid membership so I can't ask a coach( waiting a few weeks to see if I can stick with it cash is tight now and I don't want to waste what like extra I have) . Any personally trainers floating around in the forums that can help me? This is my real problem area my stomach , and all around the middle of my body( back, stomach, outer hip, rear end) is where I carry my weight.

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