This was Week 3. The results weren’t quite as astounding as the previous couple of weeks, but I am beginning to “see” internal healing.
When I checked my diastasis this week, I am fairly certain it is not the huge 10+ finger width it was at the beginning. However, it is so hard to tell when the gap is THAT large. That said, I continue to feel the connective tissue heal and become less deep!
Next week is the BIG WEEK…the one everyone says might knock me flat on my face! Pray for me!
Today, I thought I’d take a moment to answer some reader questions that have come up along the way. I try to answer whatever questions come up as they come up, but I thought it might be of benefit to others to see the answers as well. So, here’s a little Q&A session!
Q. I only have a small diastasis. Should I even bother?
A. A resounding YES! This isn’t something that gets better all by itself and there is a good chance if you don’t close it now, it WILL get bigger. What I wouldn’t give to have known I could have prevented this! You are at the perfect place to solve the problem before it really is a problem!
Q. Is the splint safe to wear during pregnancy?
A. According to Julie, YES. However, if it is uncomfortable, do not wear the splint, but DO keep up with your exercises.
Q. Is this splint the same as a compression garment?
A. NO. When you put on the splint/s, you move the recti muscles into position before strapping the splint into place. Compression garments only CONCEAL, they do not HEAL and your muscles remain in the wrong place. The brace I used to recommend did a better job than compression garments, but I realize now it isn’t as good at approximating the muscles as wearing the Tupler splints, so I only use it when I’m washing the Tupler splints.
Q. Do I need the book, the splint, AND the DVD?
A. NO. I recommend the DVD, the splint/s and the guidebook, but if you think you can handle writing it down on your own (something I don’t seem to be very good at doing), then you can forgo getting the guidebook. The Mummy Tummy book is older and Julie said it is needing an update. I also found the DVD to be easier for me to really get a grasp of how to do the exercises.
Q. How do you pronounce this condition?
A. This is one I got an education on! It is di AS tasis.
Q. How do I measure?
A. Julie has an explanation on her site (HERE), but I’ve heard many of you say you still don’t quite get it. When I first measured, I was lifting my head and feeling the muscles move together and THEN measuring…well, THAT is wrong. That makes my diastasis seem smaller. Lift your head ONLY to find out WHERE those muscles are (they will feel like ropes on either side of your belly), then lower your head and measure with your fingers side by side to see how many finger-widths the two “ropes” are apart BEFORE they ever begin to come together. I had to say 10+ because I could put all 8 of my fingers (thumbs don’t factor in here) spread out and moving from side to side in the gap between the muscles! ACK!
Q. How long do the exercises take?
A. The first 3 weeks haven’t been much time at all. It takes about 2½ minutes per Contraction exercise. So, we are talking 5-10 minutes 3x a day (and you can do them in the car!) I’ll let you know how long Week 4+ is taking…
Q. Is it safe to do this with an umbilical hernia?
A. YES. The hernia is often a result of diastasis recti.
Q. The splint is folding over. What’s wrong?
A. You either need a second one or you need to wash it to let it regain it’s shape. At least those are the answers I’ve found to be the case. If you think you might need a second one, call or email Julie and get her opinion.
Q. I had my “baby” many years ago. Can I still heal?
A. YES! My muscles split back in 2006. Since then, I’ve had 3 more children and I am seeing healing! You can do this!
I will not be checking in next week (I know, I know…after I told you about that scary Week 4!), but I will be back in 2 weeks to let you know how I’m doing! Keep me posted on your progress as well!