After the birth of my daughter I noticed a big gap in the middle of my stomach. You could see my guts coming out. I really thought it would resolve on its own, but at my first check up with my OB it was looking worse, not better. She diagnosed me with diastasis recti and suggested I see a physical therapist who specialized in postpartum issues.
After a quick internet search I found a postpartum physical therapist at Athena (now EvergreenHealth Urology & Urogynecology Care). Their clinic advertised one hour appointments with the PT which was refreshing. At my last PT clinic I only spent about ten minutes with the physical therapist.
My physical therapist evaluated my condition. She measured the length and width of my muscle separation and told me she knew exactly what I needed to do to make the muscles go back together. We worked on breathing and specific exercises to help my muscles go back together. She also told me to wear a brace and avoid certain activities that may worsen my condition. Additionally, she taught me better ways to nurse, change diapers, and lift my baby while still protecting my back, wrists and arms.
Even though it took about 12 weeks to resolve I started to notice a difference within the first week as my tummy muscles started to get closer and closer together. My stomach is so much better, I feel stronger and I’m better educated about how to take care of my baby without hurting myself.