Have you ever been really overweight and then lost that weight only to still have a mysterious belly pooch? Have personal trainers promised you a flat six-pack, but your stomach got bigger!? Ever been pregnant? Have abdominal surgery to correct a hernia, take out your appendix, or perhaps a c-section? Then you likely have a condition called diastasis recti, and here’s how you check yourself for it.

Kelly Dean Self Check from fit2b.us online studio on Vimeo.

Having diastasis recti isn’t a death sentence, but it does mean that your abs got so stretched out or disconnected during surgery, that they no longer know how to hold you together. Your organs are literally pooching out of your body, and no amount of crunches will give you a flat stomach. In fact, crunches will make your diastasis bulge even worse!!!

Just like any other torn muscle, you need to rehab your abs. You need to quit doing crunches, plank poses, crossover crunches, V-sits and anything that could make your bulge worse until you heal it. If you are interested in workouts that will actually help close your diastasis, you should know that Fit2B Studio is set to become the premier online source for “Tummy Safe” workouts that work your core in a myriad of other ways. Stay tuned!


  1. Stacey

    March 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Great blog!! Following you from the blog hop! http://supermamawannabe.blogspot.com

  2. Orange * Hero * Mama

    March 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    WOW. I am soooo glad that i found your blog from the blog hop!! New follower here! :)


  3. Heather@Cultivated Lives

    March 9, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for the information. Very interesting. I tried a couple of exercises after each child to see if it would heal, but I noticed after my third that it didn't completely heal… :\ Of course now that #4 is on the way, I guess I'll have to wait on 'fixing' it until October.

  4. Nisha @ Healthy Mom's Kitchen

    June 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    My friends who have been crunching like crazy since their c-sections are going to be anxious to see this. Thanks for the great info!

    • bethanylearn

      June 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      I have several friends who have had c-sections who have now gone through the rehab with The Tummy Team (www.thetummyteam.com) and are doing my workouts, and they are getting real results without hurting themselves. Jillian is pretty cool, but her style is just really hard on the knees and on sensitive connective tissue. Young athletes who haven’t yet had kids or morbidly obese folks who are desperate to lose a lot of weight really fast might need her particular brand of craziness. But the average mom needs real help with her baby pooch, and this is the answer! Be sure to read all my blogs about diastasis and abs to learn more :)


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