Making a diastasis smaller during pregnancy is not only possible but is crucial for more effective pushing in labor AND to prevent an unnecessary C-Section.
I’m Julie Tupler creator of the Tupler Technique, a research and evidence-based program to treat diastasis recti or abdominal separation. I’m a registered nurse and certified personal trainer and childbirth educator and have been treating diastasis since 1990.
In my experience of checking pregnant women from 1990 to the present, only a small percentage of women do NOT have or get a diastasis during pregnancy. Women that do the Tupler Technique® early in pregnancy that doesn’t have a diastasis going into their pregnancy can prevent themselves from getting one.
So let me tell you exactly why a smaller diastasis will help you push in labor more effectively and why it will prevent a c section.
Diastasis recti during pregnancy
If you are starting your pregnancy with a diastasis it will only get worse during your pregnancy and birth unless you take steps to make it smaller.
Your muscles need to be close together in order to do their job of supporting your back and your organs. When they separate, and the connective tissue joining them stretches sideways there is now no support for your organs because they are now being supported by your weak connective tissue instead of your muscles. That means no support for your uterus. When your uterus has no support this will cause the top of your uterus to tip forward.
When the top of your uterus tilts forward, your cervix which is at the bottom of the uterus, then turns sideways. The cervix needs to be pointing downwards so it will be lined up with the vaginal canal. This gives your baby a straight path to come out.
A sideways facing the cervix puts you at risk for a C-section.
A smaller diastasis not only keeps the uterus in the right position but also makes abdominal pushing in labor easier. When the muscles are separated it is harder to feel your abdominals. That is because they are moving in a sideways direction.
Recently, one of the professionals taking my professional training was pregnant. She was starting her second trimester. She had a six finger diastasis. In just three weeks of doing the program, her diastasis went down to 3 fingers and she maintained 3 finger diastasis for the rest of her pregnancy. She had a vaginal birth and pushing was a breeze.
So remember if you are pregnant get started making your diastasis smaller for a better birth. If you want to learn more about making your diastasis smaller with the Tupler Technique, click the link to get a free copy of my Tupler Tips.
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