As a mom or a mom-to-be, taking care of your body is crucial, and that includes understanding and addressing common postpartum challenges like Diastasis Recti. This condition, characterised by the separation of the abdominal muscles, can affect many women during and after pregnancy. Since PBB has an entire community of moms and moms-to-be I wanted to delve into what Diastasis Recti is, how it occurs and most importantly, how the PBB At-Home App's Pilates and Barre classes can play a vital role in its prevention and healing.
Understanding Diastasis Recti:
Diastasis Recti is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles along the linea alba, the connective tissue that runs down the centre of your abdomen. This separation is a natural occurrence during pregnancy as the abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate the growing uterus. However, in some cases, this separation persists postpartum and can lead to a weakened core, poor posture and even back pain.
Causes of Diastasis Recti:
Pregnancy: The pressure and stretching of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy is a common cause of Diastasis Recti.
Improper Core Engagement: Incorrect abdominal muscle engagement during exercises or daily activities can contribute to the condition.
Heavy Lifting: Lifting heavy objects without proper core support can exacerbate the separation.
Genetics: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing Diastasis Recti.
How Pilates and Barre Can Help:
Pilates and Barre exercises are uniquely suited to address Diastasis Recti due to their focus on core strength, stability and alignment. Here's how the PBB At-Home App's classes can assist in preventing and healing this condition:
Core Strengthening: Pilates emphasises deep core muscles, helping to re-engage and strengthen the weakened abdominal muscles.
Gentle Progression: The controlled movements in Pilates and Barre provide a safe and gradual approach to rebuilding core strength.
Mindful Movement: Barre and Pilates encourage mind-body connection, promoting proper muscle engagement and alignment.
Low-Impact Workouts: These exercises are gentle on the joints, reducing the risk of further strain on the abdominal area.
Posture Improvement: Both Pilates and Barre focus on improving posture, which can alleviate strain on the abdominal muscles.
Utilising the PBB On-Demand App:
Diastasis Recti-Friendly Classes: The app offers specialised Pilates and Barre classes designed for pre and postnatal women (and more are going to be uploaded in the upcoming weeks)
Live Sessions: Participate in live classes to receive real-time guidance and interact with instructors who understand your needs.
On-Demand Workouts: Access pre-recorded classes that fit your schedule, allowing you to exercise at your own pace.
Community Support: Engage with myself, the PBB trainers, other moms and moms-to-be in the community chat to share experiences, tips and motivation. This is the perfect place to ask any questions you may have.
Diastasis Recti is a common postpartum condition that can impact your core strength and overall well-being. The PBB At-Home App's classes offer a holistic approach to preventing and healing Diastasis Recti, focusing on gentle yet effective exercises that strengthen your core and promote proper alignment. By incorporating these classes into your routine, you can take proactive steps towards a healthier, stronger and more confident postpartum journey.