It sounds like what you are describing is a diastasis recti abdominus. Basically, your transverse abdominus (your "God-given girdle") and the connective tissue between the two halves of your "six pack" are so injured and stretched out that they can't pull everything together. I have the same thing. DO NOT do sit-ups, planks, pilates one hundreds, or anything of the sort. They will only cause more damage, even prolapse. There ARE healing exercises you can do, though! Check out http://fit2b.us/how-to-check-for-diastasis -hd/ for more info, and "tummy safe" exercises. Also look into the Tuplar Technique. I just gave birth to my 3rd child in September, at which point my midwife determined my DR to be about 6 fingers wide at my belly button. By merely being conscious of my alignment, keeping my tummy tight, and wearing a belly splint (by MomBodFitness), my gap has already shrunk to a solid 4 finger gap. I plan to begin the actual tummy repair path outlined on the Fit2B site this week, and I'm very hopeful to see significant improvement in just 2 weeks to a month, if I stay consistent. fit2b.us/how-to-check-for-diastasis- hd /
have not had c-section but after i had my baby my abs were super weak. I could barely do 20 sit ups. 3 days a week i do as many sit ups as i can till i reach muscle failure. At first this didnt take long but i've gotten alot better. Just take it one day at a time. It took at least 5-6 months after i had my baby for me to get my core strength back. It has taken basically a full year for my body to recover from having the baby, breast feeding, ect. I know i'll never have a 6 pack got alot of extra skin now. so i just hope for a semi flat tummy one day.
current weight: 171.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,608) Posts: 12 8/5/13 4:53 A
Hi Sarah, While your stomach may not ever be completely normal (you will always have the scar and scar tissue), you can come pretty close. A great resource for workouts is youtube. If you type in "ab workout c section" you will get some great videos with suggestions for exercises to help you tone your abs more quickly. While I have never been thin enough to experience it, my sister in law is thin and she used these video's to tighten up her abs after her c-section and she looks great. If you didn't see her scar, you wouldn't know she had a c-section. Good luck and hope this helps! (btw, I've had 3 c-sections so I know exactly what you are talking about with your scar.)
current weight: 180.4
Fitness Minutes: (19,832) Posts: 34 3/30/13 1:46 A
For all mommies out there, whether you had your child(ren) by c-section or vaginally...do you find that your abdominal muscles shifted and changed with the pregnancy and delivery? I had an emergency c-section in October, and my muscles around my scar are all shifted, and there's now a vertical open space under the skin where there are no muscles or anything where there used to be abs. The open space I think happened when I got really big at the end of the pregnancy, my stomach was huge (daughter was 9lbs 5oz at birth). Anyway...how do you tone your abs now? Every time I do sit-ups or anything, the muscles bunch all weird. It's hard to explain but I just thought I'd throw that out there. Will I ever have my stomach back to normal?!
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