Bridging the Gap is all about bringing the two sides of your abs back together safely, effectively and efficiently after having babies.
At FitMama we are always talking about the first steps back to fitness postpartum and it begins with step 1: “Heal Your Seal.”
Diastasis Recti (DR) is where the thinning of the Linea Alba causes what looks like a separation in the superficial abs to make space for the growing baby inside your abdomen. This is completely normal and is estimated to occur in most pregnant women.
The first line of defence to heal your DR postpartum is to begin with core breathing as of the day you give birth (or before).
If you learn of this sooner than getting pregnant or while pregnant, today is the day to start Core Breathing.
Core breathing will help to prevent a dysfunctional core if you do have a DR and it will start to close it little by little. They key is to prevent it from getting worse at the same time, so along with the Side Lying Safe Move, avoid crunches and all forward flexion, twisting or planking that creates more of the Intra-Abdominal Pressure that caused it to begin with.
Watch how Jen Oliver walks you through the whole process here and contact us in our private FitMama Facebook Group for more support, pelvic health info, fitness education, motivation and more!