Cure diastasis recti WITHOUT surgery!

Many women struggle to restore core strength for years, even decades, after pregnancy and birth. This is because most pregnancies result in some degree of abdominal separation, a condition called diastasis recti. The condition does not resolve on its own, and it can contribute to serious health problems such as persistent back pain, pelvic floor weakness, painful sex and incontinence.

How do you know if you have diastasis recti? It frequently causes the belly to pooch, prompting unwelcome questions like “when are you due?” It can also appear as a bulge in the center of your abdomen when you sit up. To learn how to check yourself for diastasis recti, click here. The good news is that this condition is reversible through very specific core training. The Dia Method is proven to resolve diastasis recti, and it will also coach you through safe, progressive workouts so you can reclaim total body fitness in addition to firm, flat abs.

In the vast majority of cases, diastasis recti is entirely reversible through very specific activation of your deep abdominal muscles, no tummy tuck required!  This leads me to the first and most important step in flattening and firming post-pregnancy abs: deep engagement of your transverse abdominis muscle, your natural corset, through an exercise I call core compressions.


Do:
 Core compressions, the revolutionary exercise proven to reverse diastasis recti
In as little as 6 weeks of performing core compressions for 5-10 minutes per day, you will achieve visibly firmer, flatter abs and a smaller waistline – even if you don’t have diastasis recti! After 12 weeks, all 63 subjects in the research study performed at Weill Cornell Medical School had completely resolved diastasis recti. For detailed coaching in this exercise, watch the Dia Method 10 Minutes Flat video.


Don’t Do:
Conventional abdominal exercises, like crunches and bicycle crunches
Avoid any exercise that forcefully bulges your abdominal wall forward – this includes crunches, sit-ups and many Pilates-based exercises. Repetitive bulging will further separate the rectus abdominis muscles and make diastasis recti worse.


Wear:
A corset to speed up the healing process
Jessica Alba revealed her secret to an amazing post-pregnancy bikini body: double corsets that she wore day and night for three months! She’s onto something – wearing a corset can really help speed up the healing process when combined with daily core compressions! This is because a well-designed corset lessens the strain on the linea alba, the connective tissue that runs along your midline. However, a corset is merely a tool can help or hinder recovery, depending on how you use it. In Dia video Heal Faster and Flatter, Leah shares important tips to get the most out of your corset while avoiding the most common pitfalls.

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Skip the invasive (and expensive!) surgery. My clients enjoy smaller waistlines and firmer, flatter abs than they had before their first pregnancy. With the above tips, you’ll be on your way to joining them.

Pre-baby abs are attainable with smart everyday movements

In addition to exercise proven to resolve diastasis recti, there are small steps every mom can incorporate into her daily routine to help recover core strength and function:

1. Tighten the abdominal muscles toward the spine EVERY TIME you lift your baby, push open a heavy door, or perform any other physical exertion.
Doing so will help restore fit and healthy pre-baby abs as you move throughout the day. This simple technique also protects your back and strengthens your pelvic floor due to a synergistic co-contraction of deep core muscles.

2. Think “SEXY!” every time you lie down or get up!
Sitting straight up and lying straight back places excessive pressure on the abdominal wall, pushing the muscles apart and widening your waistline. To avoid this, always roll to the side (which is also far sexier!) when getting up or lying down.

3. Avoid front & center, vertically aligned baby carriers!
These carriers place the weight of the baby along your midline, stressing the connective tissue that stretched during the pregnancy, widening your waist and pushing abdominal muscles further apart. If your life demands a front-loading baby carrier, choose one that orients the baby diagonally or consider wearing a corset underneath to mitigate stress on the abdominal wall.

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The Science of The Dia Method

Grounded in science and backed by results, the Dia Method activates your transverse abdominis, your natural corset, to protect and restore the abdominal wall. Through isometric contractions of the transverse abdominis, the Dia Method reinforces the strength, resilience and elasticity of both the linea alba and the rectus abdominis. In minutes a day, you can protect your body during pregnancy, train for a faster, easier labor, and achieve flat, firm abdominal muscles soon after childbirth. Even if you had your kids decades ago, it’s never too late to restore pre-mommy abs.

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