Are you a new mom and struggling with weight loss? The baby has already left your womb, but you still look like you are 3 months pregnant. Well, girls, join the club. Even after 18 months of giving birth, I can easily pass for a 2-month pregnant woman. But, if there is something I regret it is not following that one tip in time which could have helped me be in better shape now.
Let me tell you what an awesome gynecologist I had who delivered my daughter. This woman was slender, tall and thin, at age 40, and hold your breath, had two teenage sons. She was an epitome of beauty to all us would-want-to-be-thin-but-can’t-stop-eating mums. She had given me great tips about what to eat during pregnancy so that nutrition reaches the baby, but does not make you look like a log.
So, I delivered my daughter 1 week ahead of the due date through C-section, and we had our first visit with her 15 days later. I, fortunately, due to my genes had lost around 5 kgs of weight within the first 15 days. This was good progress, but sudden so she told me to continue eating a healthy diet. She also predicted very correctly that I would lose another 4 kgs within 3 months and then stagnate. And, so it happened.
On our next visit, I asked her tips to help lose the bulge or paunch on my tummy. That is when she went into the details of how to go about it. Though I did not follow it religiously, if you wish to have that flat tummy, please FOLLOW IT. The whole reason no amount of crunches will help you have the tummy is because of something knows as diastasis recti.
Diastasis rectus is a gap caused by stretching of the abdomen by the growing uterus. So, if you have a high birth weight child, multiple-birth pregnancy, your chances of this gap being more are greater. This separation is the reason why many women suffer from chronic back pain even after 1 year of giving birth. There are some exercises that help in reducing this gap, after which you can go ahead with doing crunches and other exercises.
How do you check how huge is the gap for you? See this video to understand how to check the gap. Though you can find lots of exercises that you can do to reduce this gap, the most important one that you can start doing as soon as you can control your stomach muscles post the delivery, is to keep your stomach sucked in. This is a good starting point to read about diastasis recti.
So, there is hope if you still have not lost that baby weight and looking for a flat tummy after pregnancy. I am still to start the exercises but making a conscious effort to maintain my posture by sucking my stomach in at all times. I tend to forget and let go of my stomach often, but I am getting better at it.
Did you know about diastasis recti? Has your doctor told you about this condition as well?