Is this diastasis recti? What can I do to get my belly back?
June 21, 2012 1:08 PM Subscribe
When I do ab/core exercises, my stomach looks like this
. The internet tells me that this could be diastasis recti. What CAN I do to fix it AND strengthen more core too?
posted by okay-quiet-time to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
So I first started getting back into shape when my son was 2 (he's my first and only child). I noticed when doing Jillian Michaels videos that her abs do not do this and mine do. Weird. I chalked it up to being out of shape and kept going about my routines (lots of bicycle crunches, leg raises, planks). After some time, I noticed MAJOR improvement with back pain, posture, and overall core strength. The only problem was, my stomach did not seem to be getting flatter (even though I was eating a really clean, healthy diet and drinking a lot of water). There is definitely a portion of my stomach that sticks out and after reading about diastasis recti, I've learned that all of these exercises are actually working against my efforts towards a flat stomach.
So my question is, should I focus more on cardio and leave my core alone (even though it was helping w/ other issues)? Are there specific exercises that I should be doing instead?