Disclosure: I was provided a copy of ‘Mom’s Guide to Diastasis Recti’ to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Diastasis Recti, or ab separation, is a common malady among pregnant women. In fact, Diastasis Recti is often the main cause of the lower belly ‘pooch’ that plagues so many women post-pregnancy. Unfortunately, the condition is not often addressed until the damage is already done, but steps can be taken throughout pregnancy to strengthen the core and prevent ab separation.
Mom’s Guide to Diastasis Recti by Pamela Ellgen is a step-by-step guide to prenatal and postpartum exercises designed to prevent and treat Diastasis Recti. As a mom of two who is currently expecting twins, all I can say is WHERE HAS THIS BOOK BEEN ALL MY MOMMY LIFE?! To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know squat about Diastis Recti until after my second baby was born and the damage of two pregnancies and two emergency c-sections had taken their toll on my tummy. It was a long road to recovery, but eventually I was able to repair the damage at home through bits and pieces of information I gathered from here and there. Now in my third pregnancy, it is absolutely amazing to have a comprehensive guide available to see me through my pregnancy and beyond. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed putting these methods into practice during my pregnancy as a preventative measure, as opposed to scrambling to undo damage already done. The exercises are simple, easy and effective. Thanks to Mom’s Guide, aside from the insane morning sickness, this twin pregnancy has been easier and more comfortable than my previous singleton pregnancy. I’m anxious to get started on Ellgen’s postpartum exercises once these babies arrive!
If you’re currently expecting, or have recently given birth, I can’t recommend Mom’s Guide to Diastasis Recti enough. Your tummy will thank you – promise!
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