I’ve mentioned it a few times on the blog over the years but 3 pregnancies and very large babies have taken their toll on my core. Not having a strong core before babies certainly didn’t help. After my first baby, I was diagnosed with diastasis recti, an abdominal separation common after pregnancy resulting in a weak core and pelvic floor muscles. At that time, my separation was about 3-4 fingers wide and my transverse abdominus was virtually non-existent.
I consulted a pelvic floor specialist who helped me close the gap to about 2-2.5 fingers wide and lessen some of the back pain associated with a weak core. My separation stayed this way when I got pregnant with baby #2.
After Mr. O. was born, I again had a wide separation but, armed with some of the basic tools, was able to again, close the gap to 2 fingers and eliminate most of the back pain I was experiencing. I still wasn’t able to close it completely and felt that I needed to do more to close the gap, regain the strength I wanted and lose the mommy pooch that was plaguing me, making me want to suck in my stomach all the dang time.
I discovered the MuTu system around December of last year after exhaustively searching the internet for other options. It was a bit of a risk for me to spend money on something that had no guarantee of working and could possibly be a really smart marketing gimmick.
I decided to give it a try and purchased the focus plan, a 12 week plan of various exercises designed to strengthen and restore my core, pelvic floor and the surrounding areas. What I noticed right away was that the exercises were similar to some of the stuff I was doing already but took it a step further. In the 2-3 weeks I was doing the program before getting pregnant again (oops), I saw my gap close to 1.5 fingers.
Now that I’m back in postpartum mode, I’ve been back doing my MuTu almost daily and I’m very please with how I feel so far. I don’t notice a physical difference at all (still poochy) BUT my back isn’t aching at all and I can feel my core getting stronger. My gap is already 2-2.5 fingers (down from 4.5) in the 3 or so weeks I’ve been doing the exercises. I feel stronger and that’s a great thing. It’s going to take time, probably longer than 12 weeks for me but I’m already feeling results which is great. I don’t expect to have a flat stomach ever again and I’m honestly ok with that. But I do want to have a strong core for a variety of reasons. This program seems to be the real deal, has lots of support and takes only about 15 minutes a day to do the exercises->about all the free time my kids give me.
I’ll pop in and let you know about my progress as time goes by. If you’re interested in reading more about MuTu and watching some of the videos, check out the site. There’s lots of information about diastasis recti, how to check for it, what to avoid etc.