If you have ever had a baby (or three), you may have noticed the strain pregnancy and delivery can have on your abdomen. Have you ever wondered if you have a diastasis recti or why you continue to sport that mommy pooch? You know… the stomach that looks like you just ate Thanksgiving Dinner? Read on dear friends to find out how to test for a diastasis recti and get rid of that mommy pooch.
Multiple muscles make up the “true” core but today we put our focus on the abdominal muscle group.
The rectus abdominis muscle, aka the six-pack muscle, is a show stopper and helps bring your trunk upright if you were to say, sit straight up in bed. The external and internal oblique’s run diagonally and play a role in trunk rotation and side bending. The true beauty of all the abdominal muscles, the transverse abdominis, lies deep to the previous muscles discussed. The transverse abdominis or TrA for short is our God-given weight belt. It runs horizontally from the front to the back. It helps keep our organs from popping out, provides support so that we can flail our arms and legs around, and helps flatten our tummies.
As you can imagine, when you have a baby or even gain some weight, this puts some strain on the abdominal muscles. This increased strain can assist in developing a diastasis recti (thinning or separating of the abdominal muscles at the linea alba) or the “mommy pooch”.
If you did the diastasis recti self-check and didn’t feel a diastasis you can still present with a mommy pooch.
Check out this Instagram post to see if you have doming.
What to watch for:
Let me know if you have any questions!