After the days of diaper-changing have long past – and even well into report card conferences and beyond – some things about the early days of parenting don’t ever seem to get back to the way they were. And we’re not just talking about full nights of sleep or avoiding 4th grade math. We’re talking about our bodies.
It’s OK that our bodies have changed, and it’s certainly OK to embrace this evolution. But if there is something nagging the way you feel about yourself – or even causing physical discomfort – it’s also OK to take the time to address it.
Not Accepting Uncomfort as My New Normal
Five years after giving birth to my youngest child I was noticing how as the day went on my belly got bigger and bigger, only to seemingly deflate after a good night’s sleep. Sure, we all have fluctuating weight over the course of a day, especially if we love a good doughnut. But starting off the day with a relatively flat belly and going to bed looking six months pregnant wasn’t just odd – it was uncomfortable. And that’s when I learned about diastasis recti, an extremely common condition where abdominal muscles separate after a woman gives birth.
During pregnancy, a gap opens between the ab muscles around the belly button. When the gap doesn’t close after childbirth – and it often doesn’t – it leaves an opening where organs and overlying tissue can bulge out, which is what causes the infamous belly protrusion.
But the truth is, I didn’t need to accept pain, weakness, and dysfunction as my new normal and neither do you. Your body is powerfully resilient, and worthy of attention. And now Every Mother provides practical tools to help you feel whole, strong, and powerful.
Reclaiming Your Strength Like A Mother
The Every Mother program garnered wide acclaim in recent years as a research-based exercise program scientifically proven to resolve diastasis recti. And, with EMbody Reclaim by Every Mother, the company is bringing its program and education to the masses with access to its instructional videos and customized support for a low monthly subscription fee.
The Every Mother program is proven to resolve diastasis recti while restoring core strength, decreasing back pain, and improving continence. And, let’s face it – we can still call ourselves mothers without peeing every time we sneeze.
Every Mother’s approach is revolutionary because they focus on proper movements and correct technique to avoid some of the most common pitfalls in traditional core training. One key takeaway is that any movement that bulges the abs forward, weakens the center of your rectus abdominis (your six-pack) and causes sideways stretching of the connective tissue. This means many common core exercises, like crunches, are actually counterproductive, ruining all your hard work.
But deep, subtle “Core Compressions ” are proven to strengthen and restore the abdominal wall through proper engagement of deep core muscles. And this program can show anyone how it’s done.
I can attest that following these core principles made a big difference for my own belly bulge, and I could feel the narrowing of my diastasis recti. Little changes can make a big difference, and don’t have to take tremendous time or effort.
Pregnancy Changes Your Body, It Doesn’t Ruin It. Promise.
Pregnancy doesn’t have to break you – it makes you stronger. After experiencing pregnancy and childbirth, you have a whole new mental toughness and body awareness. Every Mother is here to be a wellness partner for women in every stage of motherhood, providing supportive resources that help you feel like you.
Remember, your body is not ruined. It has simply changed. You have the right to want to look and feel great. And the right knowledge and technique can empower you to be stronger than ever.
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