Muscles Monday: Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day

I am back from my vacation feeling recharged and refreshed. If you haven't had an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle, I encourage you to do so even if that means just unplugging from it all for a few days.

So, now back to business!

Several women have approached me about a condition I actually knew very little about called diastasis recti. What is diastasis recti?  During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles responsible for a "six pack" stretch apart (left) to accommodate a growing fetus. After birth, the muscles don't always bounce back, leaving a gap known as the mommy pooch.

I have been paying extra attention for health tips and suggestions to flatten the tummy. Including this recent piece on NPR:

Summary: It turns out the jelly belly actually has a medical name: diastasis recti, which refers to a separation of the abdominal muscles. And it's quite common. Last year, a study from Norway reported about a third of moms end up with diastasis recti a year after giving birth. "This is such a ubiquitous issue," says Dr. Geeta Sharma, an OB-GYN at Weill Cornell Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital. And it's not just a cosmetic problem. Diastasis recti can cause another problem for new moms: lower back pain.

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Many women have not heard of this term or have the right tips to address it. So please feel free to share this blog to all women because the best way to address diastasis recti is prevention. This means strengthening your core before pregnancy.

Happy sharing!