I'm almost 11wks pregnant with my first baby. This evening I noticed a weird bulge all of the way down the length of my stomach. I looked it up online and discovered I perfectly match the Diastasis Recti pictures I found. I'm feeling really bummed. I'm on the thinner side--I've never carried weight on my stomach. What is going to happen to my stomach when I actually start showing? Is it possible to go back to normal after baby? (well as normal as any mommy-belly can be) I can't afford cosmetic surgery after the baby. Has anyone else developed this so early on in a pregnancy? How did it turn out. I can handle "less than optimal" news. lol.
I've seen people describing how wide their bulge is using finger width. Mine is wider than my whole hand. I'm also having mild lower back pain and wonder if its related. Has anyone tried a corset type back support thing? Is it even possible during pregnancy or beneficial? Every website I find has very limited information and is the same as every other site.
I had a similar experience. I had a huge separation early, but it didn't get much worse, in fact it seemed less noticeable because the belly was full of baby.
I also had rotten back pain and saw a good chiropractor throughout my pregnancy.
She didn't have me wear any support, just not engage those muscles, (no 'sit-up' type motions, roll to the side and get up that way).
I found this site and it seems to have good information, my chiro said she suggests it too. http://www.diastasisrehab.com/
After the birth it came back together fairly quickly and I felt like my body was back to relative normal by 9 months PP or so.
Hope that helps some!
I didn't have a diastasis until after my second but I didn't really discover it until about 3 months AFTER the birth. I just chalked my bulge up to a mummy tummy since it was my second. I think that you can't do much to fix it while pregnant but I think that if you look into belly binding with the diastasis recti splint immediately after birth, you will be ten steps ahead. I really wish I would have done that and I wish that more midwives/doulas warned about the risk of diastasis and talked about belly binding prior to birth.
FWIW, I still have the diastasis but am thinking about getting the splint and seeing if 16 mos PP is too late to wear it and notice a difference.
Maria , wife to A , mama to DS M 8/09 and DS L 6/12
Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok, then it's not the end - Paolo Coelho