Anyway, what I'm hoping some of you professionals can help me with is sorting through the contradicting info that I'm finding on this. So I have a few questions if you don't mind...I'd really appreciate any help or direction!
-I'm 35 weeks right now... is there anything I can do now to help with DR?
-After birth, I'm hearing conflicting things about wearing a band or ace bandage around the abdomen to help with getting things back in place, avoiding the 'guts falling out' feeling (had that bad with the others), as well as healing DR. Using the ace bandage sounds nice...What are your thoughts?
-What are some things I can do after birth to fix this or is it too late? Exercises? Like I said, I'm seeing conflicting things when I look online so I'm confused on what to do/avoid. BTW, it's pretty unlikely that I'll be able to go for physical therapy or pay anyone to help me with this so I'm mainly looking for things I can do on my own, if there are any.
Thank you so much for any help!!
After the birth, being wrapped up will help mostly just so you don't feel like your insides are falling out.
Physical therapy is recommended. There are specific exercises (NOT crunches) that can be taught to help it slowly come back together. Elizabeth Noble has a book out on Exercise for the Childbearing Year with specific exercises for correcting it. Helped me get mine back together after the twin birth. I now only have a 1 inch separation at 20 mo postpartum. I do wish I'd had a professional to check that I was doing the exercises correctly, but what I've done has worked.
Hope this helps!
Missionary, birth-worker, midwifery student
Mama to DD (9yr), DS (3yr), & UC twin DDs (5yr)
I agree that getting Elizabeth Nobel's "Exercise for the Childbearing Year" book will help you. I would follow Elizabeth Nobel's advice.
Definitely there are exercises, I was taught them when I took my childbirth education training. I think that one visit with a Physical therapist to give you instructions for your particular body would be helpful.
In general after birth some women love the feeling of wearing a belly band. Look into the book, and a belly band.
Sadly OB's are not helpful in these types of issues.
I have spent 9 years and 3 pregnancies in pain b/c of this! I am sooo irritated that after all the OBs and doctors I visited about my back pain nobody ever said a word... just handed me a prescription for pain relievers. UGH!
I feel for ya!
Mom of three - (2.5 yrs, 7yrs, and 11yrs). Birthing Doula, editor, and wife to my soulmate. I've had a c/s, hospital VBAC, UC and not yet decided what I'll do about this next little one
Mom to James ( 5/2006), Claire ( 6/2008), furry kitties Calvin and Bob, and wife to Dennis.
I had pt for mine after my twins and the big thing I remember is trying to "pull your belly button towards your spine" as much as possible
I have DR this pg and will be getting PT for it pp. If there's any way you could get PT I'd do it. Its so so so worth it