10 Things to Heal Ab Separation
This blog is going to focus on the 10 things to heal diastasis. The purpose is to highlight key things we as moms need to consider. We are human it’s never just about the muscles as so many things are interconnected in the human body. To just focus on the “gap” between the abs is typically not sufficient enough to address the problem. These 10 things I learned came from the Birth Healing Summit from a talk by Jenny Burrel. I encourage women to check out her work for more in depth details.
- Nutrition and Hydration. Healing from a diastasis requires healing at a cellular level. In order for our fibroblasts to make new collagen we need good nutrition, especially protein. There are a number of different ways to get protein: shakes, supplements and home cooked food. It is important to take a look at what you are eating and I recommend seeing a Naturopathic Doctor to help go through not just diet in terms of protein, but nutrition from an overall perspective.
- Also noted was the importance of vitamin A and Vitamin C. We do not store these vitamins but are using them up at a faster rate because often as new moms we are not sleeping well and this creates more cortisol (stress hormones) which uses up more nutrients. Do not take supplements without consultation!
- Hydration: In order for stretched fascia (connective tissue) to heal it needs hydration. The space between the fascia is made up of mostly water. So hydrate ladies to keep the fascia healthy. If you are leaking urine…please do not stop drinking water to prevent leaking! See a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist!
I hope this has given you a more expanded view.
The Pelvic Health Lady