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New topic: Diastasis recti (or that alien bulge where your abs should be).

Asked by kevbo (24479 points ) February 22nd, 2009

This is more common in women during and after pregnancy, but I’ve got it and it really bugs. I’ve been doing a little poking around on the internet and one thing that concerns me is the possibility of making it worse with regular ab exercises.

So. Anyone have experience with this? Mommies? Any success stories?

Here’s a discussion thread: http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=7652

Diastasis recti on Wikipedia.

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nebule's avatar

I do… thank God there’s a name for it…I was misdiagnosed after i had given birth…they said my abs were all fine…although i thought differently..It turns out they are not so… I still have alien bulge two years later… :-(

kevbo's avatar

Well… that was a nice discussion.

@lynneblundell, however futile, being able to identify the condition with a name does give one a sense of empowerment, doesn’t it?

You may want to look at postpartum therapy or instruction to hopefully minimize it. There’s a lot of info online for women but not so much for women.

nebule's avatar

lol…can’t believe no-one else has this problem… it’s just you and me buddy!

was thinking of doing some yoga and core stability exercises tonight as I am feeling a bit frumpy…and could do with a workout (seen as how I’ve not had one for ooooh….??? 2–3 months? :-/)

but then fluther does look appealing…and i do have study to do…

what do you think?

kevbo's avatar

Honestly, I don’t know enough to say. I’ve put out some feelers with local healthcare people and will let you know if I hear anything. I’ve read that it’s not good to do exercises that cause it to pop out.

Here’s a few links:

http://www.befitmom.com/abdominal_separation.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_2074275_recover-from-diastasis-recti.html
http://www.befitmom.com/store.html

nebule's avatar

thanks Kevbo :-)

kevbo's avatar

Last one.. the woman who wrote the customer review for this DVD still recommends it without reservation.

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