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Ante/Postnatal Fitness ExpertHad a baby recently?

 

Not sure if your abdominal muscles have knitted back together properly after birth?

 

Didn’t get your tummy looked at at your 6-week check up?

 

Know you need to do exercises, but not sure where to start?

 

Hi, I’m Claire Mockridge an Ante/Postnatal Fitness Expert and I’ve worked with over 1,000 pregnant and postnatal women in Nottingham.

 

Fixing mummies’ tummies is kind of my speciality!

 

And, I’m here to help.

 

Well, when it comes to fixing abdominal separation, gone are the days when I can just say:

 

“Here’s a program of 4 exercises for you. Do them every day for the next month and get back to me.”

 

Sorry – was that what you were after?

 

A quick-fix?diastasis ab sep pic

 

No, no – wait…!

 

Come back!

 

Focussing solely on your mid-section and training just your abdominal muscles in an effort to ‘fix’ any distension in your tummy muscles is what’s called ‘spot reducing’.

 

Put simply, ‘spot reducing’ is where you focus on just one muscle group, one body part, or just one area of your body and try and tone the hell out of it!

 

Oh, and if you’re doing sit ups and suspect you have abdominal separation – they aren’t the answer.

 

In fact, sit ups will make abdominal separation worse.

 

The human body is made up of hundreds of muscles and bones.  And, let me tell you – if the muscles in your body can find an easy way of doing something – they will.

 

And, they’ll do it over and over and over again until a nice little muscle imbalance has found its way in there.

 

diastasis banner logoHave a think about your habits as a new mum…

 

How do you think these everyday mummy movements affect your overall posture?

 

  • always holding baby with your dominate arm,
  • winding baby over the same shoulder all the time (did some one say colic?),
  • sitting slumped over feeding baby…for hours and hours and hours (no one tells you that, do they?),
  • propping baby up on one hip,
  • pushing a buggy uphill with your arms out-stretched and shoulders lifted….(and your bum out for all to see!)

 

These things all create muscular imbalances, don’t they?

 

If even one of your muscles is tight, weak or stretched, does it make sense that other muscles will try and compensate?

 

Because, indeed they do.
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There are many reasons why postnatal women suffer with diastasis recti after birth (that’s the technical name for abdominal separation, by the way).

 

Everyday’s a school day, eh?

 

Do you want some good news though?

 

Ok, well fortunately for you – there are many ways of fixing abdominal separation.

 

Education is key here particularly when it comes to discovering the ‘cause and effect’ of abdominal separation – and all of your other postural traits.

 

Here are some points I consider when treating you for abdominal separation:

 

  • Is this your first/second/third/fourth baby?
  • Do you suspect you had abdominal separation that went untreated if it’s not your first baby?
  • What exercise did you do prior to getting pregnant?
  • How’s your posture right now?
  • Can you breathe correctly?SONY DSC
  • Do you actually have any ‘core’ strength?
  • What muscles are really tight for you?
  • Which muscles dominate your entire system, without you realising it?
  • What tasks are you doing with a newborn that might be attributing to your abdominal separation?
  • Is your pelvic floor ok, or do you need help with that too?

 

Can you see what I mean?

 

Assessing, treating and rehabilitating a new mum for abdominal separation needs to move away just doing tummy exercises.

 

It needs a broader, full-body approach to get your system working and functioning in a more optimal way.

 

I’ve had success ‘fixing’ clients’ abdominal separations back to normal – from as quickly as 7 weeks which is pretty cool, right?

 

What’s also encouraging is that I’ve created a 7 Steps to Fixing Abdominal Separation method myself and this is exactly what I’m talking about:

 

A whole-body, ‘everything working as one’, proper unit-type system…

 

….That gets results!

 

If you suspect you have abdominal separation, don’t be concerned.  I can help.

 

Book a 1-2-1 individualised personal training session with me either in person, or via Skype, where we can sit down, get you assessed and get your body back on the road to recovery.

 

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