If you’ve been pregnant or are postpartum you’ve probably seen the Facebook ads for “X” approach that guarantees to heal a diastasis or help moms get abs or lose all the baby weight in 2 weeks. Ridiculous. Nothing works for everyone.
First, I’m going to quote Eric Cressey, a highly respected sports PT, “be skeptical of anyone who claims to have all the answers. Instead, seek out those who seem to be asking a lot of the right questions.” The point is that anyone or program that guarantees to heal a diastasis or help lose all the baby weight fast isn’t going to work for everyone. Every body is unique in its makeup and needs. Because every good healthcare provider knows that the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know- but you want to learn. No one has all the answers and anyone who tells you differently is full of it in my opinion.
I’m now going to quote Brianna Battles, “the last thing a newly postpartum mom needs is a coach who is trying to kick her butt back into shape. That’s not how a postpartum mom-based program should work.” You’re 6 weeks postpartum and look like you had a baby. BECAUSE YOU DID AND ITS OK THAT YOU’RE NOT BACK TO YOUR PRE-PREGNANCY SIZE. AND IF YOU ARE, THATS OK TOO. Sorry for the all caps, but that’s what I needed to hear at 6 weeks postpartum. The last thing a mom needs is something telling her that she shouldn’t look like she had a baby. Expectations and social media are incredibly cruel. Seriously, I tell patients all the time that healing from major surgeries takes months before “it feels like nothing happened”. Why would giving birth to a baby be any different, because news flash, that’s HUGE.
A shake isn’t going to make weight disappear and abs appear. A cookie cutter set of exercises is not going to necessarily close a diastasis and flatten a stomach.
Instead, please search out educated professionals, people who specialize in exercises, movement, pregnant and postpartum health. OBs are great, but they’re job is to deliver a healthy baby. They don’t really know about exercise and movement. And someone who has personal experience isn’t enough to be considered a professional. It’s a great starting point and motivation to learn more, but what works for one person, won’t work for everyone.
Every newly postpartum woman should receive an assessment by a pelvic floor physical therapist, IMO. Those who are looking to train during pregnancy, return to training postpartum or start training during pregnancy or postpartum, find a trainer/coach who specializes with this population. You deserve an individualized plan, with one-on-one attention. If you need help finding it, let me know.