She adds that her gynecologist claims he’s never had this happen to any of his patients before and that Lindsay is going down in his history books, saying, “But clearly it didn’t work.”
Lindsay always planned on having two children. She had Leah when she was three years old after getting married at the age of 21, and as planned, Daniel arrived at six months and two and a half years later.
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“Even if there were obvious signs, I don’t think I would have noticed them because I was busy and back at work, getting things done after having a baby,” the woman said. However, my mother noticed how overly emotional and teary I had been and had a sneaking suspicion that I was pregnant—although she now claims she was too afraid to tell me!
Performing the proper movements is essential to recovery because simple exercises like sit-ups, curls, and planks can exacerbate diastasis recti in the early postpartum weeks. Physical therapy may be suggested by your physician to help reduce the space between your abdominal muscles.
Teaching patients how to use their core, hips, and pelvic floor correctly and safely to prevent injury is the main objective of physical therapy. The abdominal muscles are made up of several layers, but most people are only taught how to use the rectus abdominus, the layer that is closest to the skin.
A physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor therapy can help you carefully retrain your abdominal muscles, starting with the transverse abdominis, the deepest layer, and moving on to other muscle groups like the internal and external obliques until you can perform functional activities with more ease.
Consider speaking to your doctor about a referral if you’re experiencing separation anxiety or are having trouble getting rid of your postpartum belly.
You can recover more quickly if you exercise frequently and keep your hip and pelvic floor muscles strong while you’re pregnant. It has also been demonstrated that working with a pelvic floor physical therapist reduces the possibility and severity of the diastasis.
Helping a friend or loved one
People who are depressed may not be aware of or admit it. They might not be cognizant of the symptoms and signs of depression. Help a friend or loved one seek immediate medical attention if you believe they are experiencing postpartum depression or are developing postpartum psychosis. Dont wait and hope for improvement.
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