I wrote before about the “astonishingly” high number of women who suffer from Diastasis Recti post-natal.
Just a quick recap; 60% of women have DR 6 weeks post-partum. 45% still have DR after 6 months and 32% of women still have Diastasis Recti a year after giving birth.
The NHS still claims that “the separation between your stomach muscles will usually go back to normal by the time your baby is 8 weeks old” but that clearly depends on what your definition of usually is.
Personally I wouldn’t describe something that just scrapes over 50% as something that “usually” happens. 1 in 2 is never “usually”. I would really be much happier it they changed this but, then again, the NHS is pretty terrible when it comes to health advice for mums. Great for babies, absolutely atrocious for mothers.
The NCT website really isn’t much better when it comes to Post-Natal physical health. 10 little”by the book” articles and no real information, let alone any advice, on how to deal with Diastasis Recti. But then again, NCT doesn’t really care about the mothers. They mainly care about baby’s health. Just look at the list of classes and courses they offer Post-Natal. For the nation’s biggest provider of Ante-Natal classes, the largest charity for parents, this is more than a little bit disappointing.
Babycentre.co.uk also only have some brief mentions about Diastasis Recti on their website. They have an excellent instructor in Jane Wake on board but Diastasis doesn’t really get a mention, let alone a proper “here’s how to fix it”. They do have an awful lot on “how to lose weight” though, funny that…….
I am always disappointed when I receive emails from women that start with “I had never heard of Diastasis Recti until my GP told me about it”. This really should be discussed more because the more you do Ante-Natal the easier Diastasis Recti is to fix Post-Natal.
Did Diastasis Recti get mentioned in your ante-natal class or during a visit to your healthcare professional when you were pregnant? Do you discuss yours with your friends?
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