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I know I should not concern myself with this but I have major jelly belly. My babies are almost 4 months and I look about 4 months pregnant. I know I have a large abdominal separation that I hope with repair itself. I guess the rest is fat. I would be really like to get my stomach down. What kind of things did you do help the stomach area. I'm tired of people asking me when I am due.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: It's fustrating...I don't feel like myself at all. I was on bedrest for 5 months and I feel like an 80 years old person. I can barely move around because all feel stiff and weak. I feel extreme tightness in my achilles heel tendon and I feel like I can barely walk sometimes. I just want to feel like my old self. Any suggestions?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I know I should not concern myself with this but I have major jelly belly. My babies are almost 4 months and I look about 4 months pregnant. I know I have a large abdominal separation that I hope with repair itself. I guess the rest is fat. I would be really like to get my stomach down. What kind of things did you do help the stomach area. I'm tired of people asking me when I am due.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: It's fustrating...I don't feel like myself at all. I was on bedrest for 5 months and I feel like an 80 years old person. I can barely move around because all feel stiff and weak. I feel extreme tightness in my achilles heel tendon and I feel like I can barely walk sometimes. I just want to feel like my old self. Any suggestions?</div>
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Hugs - it will get better! I had to have physical therapy to teach me how to walk again, of all things! I mean, I was walking and all, it just hurt like a big dawg ya know? PT was GREAT and also got me on the road to a level of fitness I was wanting.<br><br>
I don't know much about diastasis recti but have not heard of this closing up on its own - but other moms with this issue can chime in here I'm sure.<br><br>
Hang in there. Four months post partum is just about the time you wake up and wonder what the heck happened to you! It does get better, it really does.
 

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I had a huge diastis. It does get better.<br><br>
There is a book called "How to fix you Mummy Tummy" or something like that (just search Mummy Tummy on Amazon and it will come up.) It shows you exercises specifically designed for diastis (and I believe there is a video too.) It's worth a read, b/c if you do traditional abdominal exercises incorrectly, you can make it worse.<br><br>
That being said, I never actually did the program in the book b/c I didn't have enough energy to exercise at all until mine were over a year old. I went back to my yoga practice, very mindfully focusing on my adominals in every pose, and that did close my separation to the point where it doesn't bother me quite as much.<br><br>
If you could find a postnatal yoga class in your area, that might really help you start feeling better, and start working out the kinks a little, you know?<br><br>
Now, if there was only something I could do about the extra inches of skin down there!
 

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It takes quite a bit of time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I found walking difficult too, but I think a lot of that was because I spent *so* much time sitting and nursing my boys those first several months. What finally helped was, around 4 months, I insisted on walking every day. We'd put the kids in strollers and walk...the first day I could only walk a block. Just a couple of weeks later I was walking miles. It doesn't take that long for the walking muscles to come back and for the stiffness to go away.<br><br>
As for the skin....that took almost a year to tighten up (below the belly button), and it's still pretty loose on top. I definitely have the "muffin top" effect in front. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> The skin is nowhere near as loose as it used to be, but my case of stretch marks was SO bad that I never thought I'd ever go back to normal. I don't know if it helped, but I massaged lotion into my skin every day for almost a year...nothing "stretch mark" specific, but a good deep moisturizer.<br><br>
And the abdominals...when I'm on my back, I can still feel separation (5 years and one other pregnancy later!). Day-to-day I don't notice it much.<br><br>
Reducing the fat....the walking helped. After getting back to normal walking condition, I slowly worked up to fast-paced walking 5x a week. Doing that, it took several months to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (which was a little overweight to begin with).<br><br>
Do you have a twin stroller? Getting out would help a lot.
 

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when I was in the hospital with my son they had part of the mummy tummy video as an advert. One thing you can do is suck your tummy in for a count of 5 and then slowly release it. You can also suck it in half way then the whole way then halfway then relax... do this over and over. This helps strengthen the transverse abdominals which will help bring in the diastasis to a close. I had a bit on one with my son that mostly close up, but it extended up alot with the twins. We're just so much WIDER with twins!
 

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T-Tapp! Nothing better out there! The book is great, but you need the video (the MORE video would be good for you) to really learn the moves. The approach is physical therapy/pilates/yoga but extremely comprehensive and VERY effective! The website has an active and supportive forum, as well.<br><br><a href="http://www.t-tapp.com" target="_blank">http://www.t-tapp.com</a><br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
Laura
 

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That's the cuttest way to describe baby belly pudge!<br>
I love it... definitely going to have to use that.<br>
Did you come up with that one yourself, RedOak?<br><br>
Anyway, I read Mummy Tummy, and I try to hold in my tummy using transverse muscles all the time (whenever I think of it).<br><br>
My boys will be 2 yrs in 2 weeks and I still have days where I feel like I look 5 months preggers... sigh.<br><br>
After they were born I worked in an office for a year (not much excercise), then have been a stay at home mamma the second year.<br><br>
I've been working out fairly hard and regularly for about 5 months now and am finally feeling some good changes, I can actually see tight tummy muscles at the sides (behind my muffin top)...<br><br>
Will it ever go back to normal? Probably not, my poor belly button in particular was stretched silly, but I'm going to work on the rest and see what happens.
 

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I have got major jelly belly and my twins are 20 months. I have the Mummy Tummy book but the exercises were too annoying and I never did them. So I still have a large diastisis but my muscles do feel stronger now. My 4 year old loves to lay his head on my belly and say "I love your squishy belly, mommy." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That's the cuttest way to describe baby belly pudge!<br>
I love it... definitely going to have to use that.<br>
Did you come up with that one yourself, RedOak?</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I wish! No, I was on a website to "<a href="http://www.zafu.com/" target="_blank">find the perfect fitting pair of jeans according to your body type</a>," and they were asking if I had "muffin top issues."<br><br>
It took a few moments of head-scratching to figure out what a muffin top was. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Get yourself a nice double jogging stroller and go for a walk! It feels so good to get out in some fresh air. Start with short walks, and build up. My boys loved it too...it was a nice brake for all of us.<br><br>
My tummy will never me the same (strech marks took care of that), but I feel decent about myself with cloths on.
 

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Whoa, wrong forum! How did that happen?
 
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