Even a year after giving birth, I still have some battle wounds that are slow to heal. One of them happens to be the hole in my belly. While it was once so big I could put my WHOLE hand in there, it’s still around.
Basically Diastasis recti refers to a visible separation or gap between your left and right recti muscles. It is partly due to the hormones that surface during pregnancy, mainly relaxin. It is also from carrying a large baby or (like in my case) multiple babies at once.
How It Happens
It is a normal occurrence that happens during pregnancy where the abdominal walls get stretched and pushed apart as your baby grows. Relaxin causes the abdominal muscles to expand sideways leading to diastasis recti. The two halves of the rectus abdominus separate, a normal tendency during pregnancy. Multiple births and repeated pregnancies aggravate the condition. If this is your first pregnancy the separation is not obvious at all. With subsequent pregnancies the separation gains prominence. Exercises can strengthen these muscles but the bulge or gap will not totally disappear.
As you all know I was stretched to the max during pregnancy with my big twins, so I was not surprised that after giving birth I noticed a huge hole in my belly. Since I am usually looking in the mirror standing up I was getting so excited to see that my pouch was shrinking. Then, the other night in bed I reached down to grab a blanket and my stomach caved in like a sinkhole. Being the crazy person that I am, I had to immediately take a picture to share since I am sure other moms have had this happen too.
I haven’t done any stomach work since my kids were born so that may be why it’s still around, to be honest I really don’t care. The only one who sees it is my husband and I laugh and try to gross him out with it (yup that’s fun when you are married with three kids LOL).
If you have had this too please feel free to share your experience in the comments section.
In the meantime I am going to try to figure out clever uses for my little cave. Maybe I could invent a new type of jewellery, postpartum belly bling, or maybe I could just use it to store my spare key ;-)