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Step 1- the splint

 The Ab Rehab Program has 4 components:
  1. Splinting
  2. Getting Up and Down Correctly
  3. Targeted Abdominal Exercises
  4. Engaging the transverse all day, every day
So now that I am onboard I start wearing my splint every day. It takes a bit of getting used to. Unlike a standard postpartum compression garment, the splint crosses across the front and is designed to approximate the rectus abdominus muscles, making the exercises more effective and speed the healing- much like you would cast a broken arm to keep the bones in place. There is a specific manner in which to put on the splint; it is taught by the trainer. The splint is best work over a light undergarment such as a tank-top, to prevent it from "riding up" or bunching. Because I am nursing this is extremely impractical, so I opt for my maternity belly band underneath it instead. It really doesn't end up being too bulky. I am able to wear it all day, even when running!


In addition to approximating the muscles, the splint helps me to keep my transverse engaged during the day; it also helps to remind me when I am pushing out on my abdomen, such as when carrying my baby in the Baby Bjorn, or going to the bathroom!

To determine splint size, measure around your naval, fully relaxed. I measured 33", a size medium.

The splint is cotton/spandex. It can be washed and dried on warm temperatures, and ironed out if needed.

You can purchase a splint through Core Expectations.

Next.... I begin the exercises, week 1!


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  1. Thanks for the long talk tonight, Kate. I bought my splint. I'm hopeful that I can make this work. I will take my pic in the AM so that as we talk via email I can send pics and measurements as we go. I hope to find encouragement in progress. You have me thinking I can do this- so let's do it.

    -Lisa

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