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11/20/12 10:30 A

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Thanks Tracy! I have actually looked into diastasis recti and have been doing some exercises to help repair. Admittedly, I have not seen a physio for it, and you have reminded me to make an appointment. I've been working with my Pilates instructor and my Chiro (both are huge into rehab). I have to tell you, it's hard slowing down and exercising at a controlled rate.
Thanks again for the reminder! I'm calling to make an appointment today.


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11/14/12 4:26 P

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Thank you so much for this info, I am going to look into it further.

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11/14/12 10:54 A

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Hey there,

On the twin tummy, I'd also recommend being assessed for diastis recti, which is a serious separation of your vertical stomach muscles. It is really common with twin pregnancies. It is measured in 'finger widths' and my stomach muscles were 7 finger widths apart. With physio and very specific exercises, I've reduced the gap by half.

It matters because it can cause a bump that looks like fat. I've lost almost 2 inches on my waist without losing any more weight (I'm just above pre-prego weight) because my muscles are laying flatter and closer together.

It also matters health-wise because you can make it worse with excessive crunches, planks and leg-lift ab exercise. And all that's holding in your organs is connective tissues, so you're at higher risk for a hernia or other injury.

In some Canadian provinces, the repair surgery is covered.if the separation is large enough. Regrettably, not in Ontario...

Don't get me started about the skin and battle scars.


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10/23/12 9:33 A

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Ha! Love the term 'souvenir skin'! I'm going to try the kettlebells too. Thanks everyone for your feedback. It's really, really comforting to know I'm not the only one struggling. Apparently, a tummy tuck used to be covered here (Alberta, Canada) if you had 3 pregnancies or multiples. I guess there were a lot of women who jumped at it, and now they don't. Oh well. Battle scars always make better stories.

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10/22/12 1:10 A

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Hello and welcome.

My boys are almost 4 1/2. After losing the weight, regaining most of it and then spending the last 2 years losing it all and then some... I still have the skin. Yes, it's gotten smaller.. but it's still there and I've done and still do so many ab exercises it's ridiculous :)

My complaint is that it should be considered reconstructive surgery! ;)

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10/20/12 8:56 A

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Hi! Welcome to the team!

Sad to say, I'm not sure if all the toning, protein, and cardio in the world will make it all go away. My twins are 2 1/2, and I've lost 30 lbs since starting Spark last year, but my doc said the "souvenir skin" is probably mine forever unless I get surgery.

It has gotten smaller, but I don't think it's ever NOT going to be an extra flap.

If you find what works, please let us know!!!

:)

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10/19/12 6:27 P

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Hi and Welcome to the team!

To answer your question:
I think it's totally up to you.
I have met a couple of mothers that have had twins and have no stomach at all. And I am talking no surgery. But they got there nice firm stomachs from strict dieting and hard core exercise.

I think anything is attainable as long as you are willing to work for it!
So I say Aim High!






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10/19/12 6:26 P

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Tara,

You're situation sounds very similar to mine! My twins weighed in at 7lbs 4 oz and 8lbs 4 oz - I was wearing size 5x scrubs just before they were born! (I also had only lost about half the weight gain from my first pregnancy before becoming pregnant with the twins.)

I started SparkPeople about 7 months ago and I can say the belly does get smaller, but I'm still dealing excess skin. My ab muscles are getting pretty solid, but hiding out under the baby flap... For now, my plan is to continue exercising and watching what I eat. My "go-to" exercise has been kettlebells for all-round strength and fitness and they seem to be helping with my belly. In the future, I may consider getting a tummy-tuck, but that's a long way off...

Good luck!

And by the way, I'm loving the 40's! I'm 41 and have lost 40lbs since starting SparkPeople. Also, the twins are getting older, so life is getting so much easier!

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10/19/12 10:13 A

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Hi Everyone!
I am a mom to 3 amazing little men (and one big man). My boys are 2.5 & 1.5 (twins) years. Busy doesn't cover it, as you all know. I have a vanity question, and I am a little scared of your answers. Does the twin belly ever go away? I seem to have this overhang of skin that is getting smaller, but I think it will always be there. I gained 65 lbs with my first born, lost about half that when I got pregs with twins. Huge doesn't cover it. Rowan used to stand under my belly and have to stick his foot out so I could see him. I'm almost 40, meaning my metabolism is no where near where it was, and my body's ability to bounce back is very, very, sloooowww.
I've been doing Pilates for the last year, and have started Booty Barre about 6 weeks ago, but belly is not really moving. Any feedback?

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