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post #41 of 142
I got this book recently and like some others I have not been good about doing the exercises regularly but try to remember my posture and always tighten up before lifting or getting up or down from sitting. And I try to hold in all the time. I can see a visible different. I did try to make my own splint and was pretty diappointed in the result. I'm seriously considering buying hers just to get something that i know will work.
post #42 of 142
Is anyone still active in this thread? I'd like to start the Tuppler core exercises now in the first trimester, as a preventative measure.
post #43 of 142
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post #44 of 142


I just wanted to check in and see how everyone (anyone?) is doing... I don't have the book, but I have been consciously trying to improve my abdominal area for 2 months now. I have been holding my abs in and taking deep breaths; I can feel the resistance on the inside of my ab muscles and I can pull in my abs significantly more than when I started, so it seems to be working. (They are still quite scary looking when I am relaxed. )

Dec was pretty good; I was diligent about going to aerobics and not eating constantly, so I lost 4 lbs, then gained them all back over the holidays, and not much has changed this month. Still, I'm going to keep it up and see if I can get the book to help inspire me further.

I was noticing the title of this thread included Kegels, which I have also been trying to work on, but it is very discouraging. I finally started using my Kegel weights last week, and I can't even do the lightest one. I have been trying to squeeze and hold without the weight, but it is really hard to remember to do it, and nothing seems to improve. I'm this close to going to some official physical therapy, at least to get me started and figure out whether I'm doing the right exercises...

Anyway, I thought I would share, I hope things are improving for some of you all out there!

-dflanag2
post #45 of 142
I forgot about kegels, but I've been doing the "suck your navel to your spine and hold it there."

I try to do it whenever I think of it, whatever I'm doing. It has worked. I still have the separation, but the "apron" muscles are way more capable of holding my gut in. Lookin' good!!!

YAY!
post #46 of 142
I haven't been on MDC in forever, but found this thread through a google search...I've had 5 kids in 8 years, and then an abdominal surgery at the navel last fall - my diastasis is huge and protruding like crazy! I bought the Tuppler dvd and splint...the splint is great when I'm standing up - makes the bump look less pregnant or deformed, and reminds me about posture and sucking it in - but anytime I sit down in the thing it rolls up or shifts up over the bump. So I'm constantly taking it off and putting it on throughout the day, which is pretty annoying.

Anyway I am trying really, really hard. The biggest challenge for me is remembering to get up and down and pick up babies correctly...I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old that both co-sleep, and side-lie nurse down to sleep during the day, and want to be held a lot...so it's a pretty huge adjustment, to think of ANYTIME I roll over or prop myself up or whatever. But, I can definitely tell I was doing a number on myself by doing it all incorrectly...

I would LOVE to hear some more inspiring success stories!
post #47 of 142
I started doing the exercises yesterday and I'm going to continue to do them faithfully. I still don't know that I even have a distasis but nothing else seems to be working so I figure it can't hurt!!
post #48 of 142
I had diastasis. I bought the Tupler book before my youngest was born because I had read there was good information on c-section abdominal recovery.

I just wanted to chime in and say that after ds was born, I tried her techniques probably only once a day, and at first it really didn't feel like I was doing anything for my tummy. The elevator thing made no sense because I could only feel two things: no pulling in, or pulled in as far as I could...

I kept at it and could tell the gully was closing. Also, after some time, I could really start to feel my muscles from loose to fully tightened.

I hope that helps someone because I know it was weird to think it couldn't be doing anything when I couldn't even really feel anything. Damned C/S.

I'm still overweight with a tummy, btw, but the gully is closed.
post #49 of 142
Hi! I just found this thread.

I Googled 'diastasis' and found this article. I don't know how similar it is to the book, but it has some good info.

It mentions that a normal 'gully' is 1/2 inch.
post #50 of 142
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Originally Posted by BubbleMa View Post
Hi! I just found this thread.

I Googled 'diastasis' and found this article. I don't know how similar it is to the book, but it has some good info.

It mentions that a normal 'gully' is 1/2 inch.
THANK YOU!! That's what I have - 1/2 inch. So I don't think I really have a problem, but I've read that these exercises are still good for flattening your abs and are great to reduce back pain and help with correct posture.

I'm sticking with it!
post #51 of 142
I haven't posted here in forever, but I saw this thread and thought I would share my little diastasis story in case it helps to encourage anyone.

I had a 3 finger width diastasis after my second son was born two years ago. I read about the Tupler technique shortly after he was born, but found her regimen to be overwhelming (I think she says to do 500 of them a day). So I mostly just focused on pulling my abs in when I was up and about and tried to always get out of bed correctly. Every once in a while I would do some half-hearted pelvic tilts. With time my diastasis got a bit smaller, but was definitely still there. I felt like it was "good enough" though, I exercised and was in decent shape.

Then last year I started having back and hip problems. It was a big kick in the pants that I needed to start taking care of my core muscles. I started doing back exercises and pelvic tilts every day. But instead of the gazillion that Tupler recommends I told myself I would just do 15 and then another set of 15 of the little "pulses". That made all the difference for me and it really has made a huge difference in my back and abdominal strength.

The biggest breakthrough for me with the diastasis happened not long after I started doing the two sets of fifteen a day. I realized how hard and tightly I could pull in that muscle. When I first tried to do the Tupler technique after my second baby, it felt so uncomfortable. I think the muscle was too weak to engage properly and that was the source of the discomfort.

Now when I do the 15 pelvic tilts I focus on doing them slowly and really pulling the muscle in as hard as I can. It's an odd sensation, but a good one. I can really feel the muscles engaging. Then I pull the muscle in as tightly as I can and do the fifteen pulses. I also found I much prefer to do them standing up. Sometimes I watch myself do them in the mirror and can see the muscle pull in, it's cool to watch.

That's all I do now, but it's made a big difference in my stomach and posture. I no longer have the diastasis (I can feel the ridge, but can't even poke one finger in there) and under my layer of mama pudge my tummy muscles feel very taught and firm. And best of all I've zero back issues since I started doing the exercises daily. Yay!

I hope that helps! I think the key is building the muscle up enough that you can really engage it hard. It's sort of a burning sensation, you can feel it pulling in from your hips toward your middle.
post #52 of 142
Thanks for sharing the great information!
I've never heard of this before!!!
post #53 of 142
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Originally Posted by anniegirl View Post
I haven't posted here in forever, but I saw this thread and thought I would share my little diastasis story in case it helps to encourage anyone.

I had a 3 finger width diastasis after my second son was born two years ago. I read about the Tupler technique shortly after he was born, but found her regimen to be overwhelming (I think she says to do 500 of them a day). So I mostly just focused on pulling my abs in when I was up and about and tried to always get out of bed correctly. Every once in a while I would do some half-hearted pelvic tilts. With time my diastasis got a bit smaller, but was definitely still there. I felt like it was "good enough" though, I exercised and was in decent shape.

Then last year I started having back and hip problems. It was a big kick in the pants that I needed to start taking care of my core muscles. I started doing back exercises and pelvic tilts every day. But instead of the gazillion that Tupler recommends I told myself I would just do 15 and then another set of 15 of the little "pulses". That made all the difference for me and it really has made a huge difference in my back and abdominal strength.

The biggest breakthrough for me with the diastasis happened not long after I started doing the two sets of fifteen a day. I realized how hard and tightly I could pull in that muscle. When I first tried to do the Tupler technique after my second baby, it felt so uncomfortable. I think the muscle was too weak to engage properly and that was the source of the discomfort.

Now when I do the 15 pelvic tilts I focus on doing them slowly and really pulling the muscle in as hard as I can. It's an odd sensation, but a good one. I can really feel the muscles engaging. Then I pull the muscle in as tightly as I can and do the fifteen pulses. I also found I much prefer to do them standing up. Sometimes I watch myself do them in the mirror and can see the muscle pull in, it's cool to watch.

That's all I do now, but it's made a big difference in my stomach and posture. I no longer have the diastasis (I can feel the ridge, but can't even poke one finger in there) and under my layer of mama pudge my tummy muscles feel very taught and firm. And best of all I've zero back issues since I started doing the exercises daily. Yay!

I hope that helps! I think the key is building the muscle up enough that you can really engage it hard. It's sort of a burning sensation, you can feel it pulling in from your hips toward your middle.
Thank you! That is very helpful. And I've already been doing them standing up because it felt "right" but I've been wondering if it was okay to do....so good to know! Thanks for sharing!!
post #54 of 142
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Not even sure yet if I have diastisis. I have to check later (currently have DD in the mei tei and she's fast asleep ). I'll be back. Glad I found this!!
post #55 of 142
Is there anything great about the Mummy Tummy splint vs. ie the medela post partum support belt which is 1/2 the price?
post #56 of 142
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post #57 of 142
Hi,
This may help some.

I used this tummy tucker oil and I can say the sagging pooch is gone- I must have used it about 5-6 weeks.
What it did was to get rid of sagging skin- I lost about 20lb so had a huge pooch.

Now my tummy is at the point where I thought exercise will show results.
I have been doing them, and they havent been helping, so I'm really glad I found this thread explaining why.
I've lost on my hips, handles, waist and the tummy looks like it is moving forward

I figure my tummy muscles are still weak, so I am going to do the things suggested on this thread.

Please pitch in with more exercises, Thank you.
post #58 of 142
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Originally Posted by annran View Post
Hi,
This may help some.

I used this tummy tucker oil and I can say the sagging pooch is gone- I must have used it about 5-6 weeks.
What it did was to get rid of sagging skin- I lost about 20lb so had a huge pooch.

Now my tummy is at the point where I thought exercise will show results.
I have been doing them, and they havent been helping, so I'm really glad I found this thread explaining why.
I've lost on my hips, handles, waist and the tummy looks like it is moving forward

I figure my tummy muscles are still weak, so I am going to do the things suggested on this thread.

Please pitch in with more exercises, Thank you.
At 6 months PP ... you may still be deflating! I would have to wonder if that oil did anything at all or the reduction is loose skin was the result of time going by.

I am really curious to get my hands on this book and see what it says about safe vs. not safe... after my son I did the toning part of the Abs and Chest of Steel video (it's short but really effective but also out of print so sorry you may not be able to find it!) and I had pretty good results. Not washboard abs but... I never had those pre-pregnancy so wasn't expecting them afterwards! I still needed to wear a "shaper" for my wedding which was when my son was 11 months old (long story) but I needed the smallest size Frederick's of Hollywood had so that says something. So I am wondering if the old routine will work the same wonders... or if being older + having twins will mean I can just forget about snapping back to my old self.

Wanting someone to answer on the post partum belt thing!!!
post #59 of 142
I am having issues with pain behind my belly button. I need to find a belt of some sort and some way to deal with this besides surgery.
post #60 of 142
omg, subbing! i'd heard this thread existed and ran across it looking for something else. i'd not known one could have a diastasis ABOVE the belly button, and hadnt checked that. oooh, yeah. i do. crud. i've been doing pilates a TON lately! ack. i'll be back........
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