As a Personal Trainer who specializes in Pre and Postnatal fitness, I encounter the duress of "Mummy Tummy" with my clients regularly. A common postpartum complaint is how all the crunches and abdominal exercises are not reducing that poochy area around the midsection. As a member of the Core Expectations training team, I have specialized training in the postnatal AB Rehab program, and now I can tell my clients with confidence: "I CAN fix your Mummy Tummy!" What a tremendous claim!
I get asked this question all the time! Here is my answer: Research has shown that 100% of pregnant women will develop some degree of diastasis recti. A diastasis is a lateral separation in the abdominal wall between the recti or “six pack”, due to a stretching of the midline connective tissue or “linea alba”. Although some diastasis will heal postpartum, in many cases a separation will remain without restorative exercise. Distention from DR will present as a doming in the midline. Women who heal a diastasis spontaneously or through restorative exercise may still find that their abdomens are distended, particularly after a meal and/or at the end of the day. If there is no diastasis, why is this? This abdominal distention does not occur in the midline, but rather across the entire abdominal wall. This is due to a weakened hypotonic TVA- transverse abdominis muscle. The TVA is the deepest anterior abdominal muscle, wrapping around the midsection like a girdle, with a left an