Time for an update on my Diastasis Recti and umbilical hernia!
It’s been a really interesting and promising couple of weeks for me, and I’m very excited to share my progress! First, let’s take a look at a couple of changes that I’ve made.
The body is incredibly adaptive to the situations we put them in, so it’s important to switch things up every once in a while.
What I Did Before
What I’m doing now
With only a minor switch-up, here is my current healing routine:
At night, I am still doing the same challenge by Beyond Fit Mom. I’m not going to lie, I’ve missed a few days on this one! I’m pretty sure I should be nearing the end, but alas…life stuff, am I right? I’m doing my best to be consistent though, and that’s what matters!
On my “B” days, I still follow the above challenge by night but the pin below by day:
I am still taking Lycopodium clavatum 200C, every other day. Nothing new has changed here, but I am contemplating a different approach. Again, my knowledge of the world of homeopathy is incredibly limited. If you decide to give homeopathy a try, DO THE RESEARCH. This particular remedy seemed to best fit my situation, but another one may be best for you.
If you’re looking for a good place to start, I recommend Joette Calabrese. This lady has been studying homeopathy for more than 30 years and absolutely knows her stuff!
I’m now on week 5 of the healing process. I can tell you straight away that the difference between that first week and this one is astronomical! I no longer wake up in the middle of the night with shooting pains, and unless I press firmly, the tenderness is gone!
It’s worth mentioning that I’ve noticed that old familiar pain and tenderness when I…um…have to go to the bathroom, but even then, the pain has drastically subsided (Let’s give it a 2 on a scale of 1-10. Before, it was an 8.)
Before, my diastasis recti was measuring at about a 2-2.5 finger gap, with the greatest width at my belly button and surrounding area. Currently, I’m measuring at about a 2 width gap at the belly button and 1.5 in the areas above and below the belly button. I’ve discovered that the area between my belly button and pelvic bone are more an issue of depth over width, as I am able to press down quite far before meeting muscular resistance.
While I am stronger, there is still some road to travel!
So far, my hernia has not gotten any smaller, but it hasn’t gotten any larger either! While I feel that the lycopodium has definitely helped, I am in the midst of researching an additional homeopathic method. (More on this to come!) I do feel as though my being on the cusp of a rupture or herniation is a thing of the past though, and I feel incredibly blessed for that!
Wrapping it Up
All in all, I’m very relieved with the progress!
I have noticed that my back pain and my transverse abdominus are more closely related than I could have imagined. In these last three weeks, I’ve dealt with two episodes of my back giving out. During these times of back pain, I noticed that I had very little control over my abdominal muscles. Once I was able to reengage these muscles, the difference in my back was tremendous! This gives me a lot of hope, especially since my current back treatment is no longer working.
Pushing Past the Hurdles
For those of you following the same self-treatment plan as I am, and for those who are following one of their own: There are going to be times when it feels all but impossible to engage your transverse abdominus.
Don’t lose hope, because even on those days, the exercises you do will make a difference!
Try to engage the transverse abdominus by first laying on the floor and starting your core work here. I have also found that it helps to put your hand on your stomach and imagine that someone is pulling your belly button on a string through your spine and out your back. Kind of graphic, I know, but the imagery works!
Healing on a Busy Schedule
With jam-packed days, consistency can be hard on a healing routine. I cannot stress enough how important it is to do what you can. Just because you missed a day (or days) does not mean all hope is lost! Besides, the beauty about building up the transverse abdominus is that you really can do it anywhere at any time!
I am constantly engaging my core everywhere I go: brushing my teeth, driving the car, playing with the kids, washing the dishes, walking (Walking has done amazing things for my core! Try engaging while walking uphill!). The possibilities are endless here!
Patience and Time
Like so many things in life , healing diastasis recti will take time. Be patient with yourself. It’s so hard to do that, I know, but the best thing we can do is to lovingly give our bodies the time they need to heal.
I’ll post another update on my progress in a few weeks. In the meantime, you can fine more information and exercises for healing Diastasis Recti on my Board.
Do you have a routine that you’re currently trying? I’d love to hear about it and the progress you’ve made!