There are many contributing factors to abdominal weakness. These include Diastasis Recti and pelvic floor dysfunction. Abdominal muscle weakness does not always lead to Diastasis recti, likewise Diastasis Recti does not always caused by pelvic muscle weakness. The two often occur simultaneously and it is important to approach the recovery process in a similar way for both conditions. So for example, someone may have a large separation or bulge in the middle of their abdomen but not have incontinence symptoms (and vice versa).
Do you ever feel like some recommendations are just unrealistic? Lifting no more than 10lbs works if you are able to stay at home without any physical responsibilities, but it can feel completely out of reach if you have a new baby and a 3 year old who weighs 30 lbs. Trust me, I get it, In these situations just try to do the best you can. That might mean that when your 3 year old wants to be held, you try to sit on the couch and let them crawl onto your lap instead of picking them up. It might mean calling on those promises of help from friends family and neighbours, to help with the bags of groceries, or hanging out the washing. This phase IS TEMPORARY and only lasts a short period of time, and yes it can be a frustrating time. The way in which you use your body over this time on a day to day basis can impact on your healing and recovery period. So MIND YOURSELF!!
Walking is a wonderful way to get you out and moving. It is free, it is set at a pace that you are able for,
and you can do it just about anywhere. It is recommended to wait until your 6 week check before increasing your levels of intensity while exercising, so if I can offer you any advise, Make your rehab functional, what do I mean? Take the following as an example;
You are 6 weeks postnatal and you have just gotten to the bottom of the laundry pile, all neatly folded and divided into each family members, your sitting in the living room and your infant is in the Moses basket sleeping soundly and not due another feed for 30 min. So what do you do?
Option (a) cart all of the laundry upstairs in one fowl swoop like Wonder woman,
or option (b) Create a functional rehab task? Divide the laundry into 3 or 4 piles, that you are comfortable to carry, not causing any abdominal tension or pain throughout the pelvis or lower back, you are getting in some gentle cardio climbing the stairs a few times with a comfortable load.