Here on Fit2B we provide a private support forum for our clients. It’s drama-free, full of helpful topics and discussions, and many authentic testimonies & stories about our diastasis aware workouts and courses get posted there. This one posted by Rachelle Nelson was literally a blog-length beauty of a pep talk, and she graciously allowed us to republish it here with the photos she included. Here is what she wrote and posted:
Ok, first thing: I think these are the BEST pictures my husband has ever taken of me
go figure I got so close to doing a complete bridge this morning! I had to celebrate my little win! This was super hard, by the way. You never think of the bridge being so hard when you’re a kid! Check out the Orange Openers workout!
Now for a little encouragement…
Here’s my story of healing my Diastasis Recti
I was diagnosed with a diastasis recti
after my second daughter was born, almost 5 years ago. It was about 3 or 4 fingers at the widest point and very deep at the belly button. I found fit2b and I signed up.
“I hated doing exercise but I wanted a change.” ~Rachelle
This is a simple headline
Guys… The thing that got me in was all these ladies saying how they hated other exercise instruction but they loved fit2b. I hated doing excercise too but I wanted a change.
When Beth Learn
mentioned pelvic floor therapy
in one of her videos for pain, I knew I needed it.I found a pelvic floor therapist and got my pelvic floor happy again! It was AMAZING.
Then I got pregnant with my third. All my pelvic floor work
went out the window… What is it with pregnancy???
got better during my pregnancy instead of worse!
It was still there though after my third was born.
I kept on rolling out of bed. I kept being careful getting down on the floor and laying down in bed. I kept practicing engaging my transverse
and I did fit2b
when I could and I slowly got stronger and stronger.
Guys, I was soooo not perfect when it comes to my alignment
but I did my best.
Every. Little. Bit. Counts.
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So here’s my encouragement to you when healing a Diastasis Recti takes a few years…
Don’t give up. Every small consistent action that you take to care for your core matters.
It’s not about how fast you heal. Don’t keep checking
and checking and checking and getting discouraged.
Honestly, don’t check! Just do the things!
It may take a few years. And that’s ok.
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What do you think of Rachelle’s story and words of encouragement? Do you feel like your Diastasis Recti is resolving on its own, or have you needed some physical therapy? Leave a comment below!
Personally, I think what she means by “heal on its own” is that Diastasis Recti can be addressed without surgery in most cases when we have the right support and education. She and I (Beth, founder of Fit2B) have had physical therapy to help us learn how to avoid excess pressure on our cores and how to align like she mentioned. Asking for help is so important, and so is giving our cores the time and grace that such a hard-working yet sensitive area needs to recover.
When thanked for posting this story, Rachelle wrote:
“I just wanted to encourage others who might be feeling discouraged about their diastasis! And thank you for everything you’ve done! I look forward to exercise now!!!”