Ab Rehab: Postpartum Ab Exercises

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Why are there not more free resources on how to heel a diastasis recti on the internet? Why are people not giving proper instruction on how to activate the pelvic floor and core to close the ab gap? Why is it so hard to find good, reliable and accurate information when it comes to ab exercises postpartum!?

These are a few of the questions that I had after Tommy was born. After Connor, I went and saw a physical therapist. She wasn’t covered by insurance and she was hard to find. It was a great experience for me but I know not everyone has coverage for their kids so they can go to PT. You may not have the money to see a pelvic floor specialist or you might just not have one near you that is any good!

That is why I created this three part video series. First, check to see if you have a diastasis recti. If you do, then you’ll want to start with Stage 1 of this video series. You can do these exercises right away after childbirth. I did them 7 months postpartum because I didn’t think I had a DR. I didn’t… too much, too soon made my 2 finger “normal” gap worse at 6 months and I got one then!

DR or no DR, if you want to start doing ab exercises right after giving birth, start with stage 1. Graduate to stage 2 2-4 weeks later. Graduate to stage 3 2-4 weeks after that. I am still doing stage 3 at almost 10 months postpartum! Let me know if you have any questions below.

If you live in Boston, I saw Melissa Hines of Wellest Integrative Health and highly recomend if you are looking for a PT for your pelvic floor. Here is why I finally went to see a pelvic floor specialist despite knowing what I should and shouldn’t be doing!

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

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