Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Diastasis Recti

We had our monthly midwife appointment today. We've seen a new midwife from the group at each appointment so far, and today's midwife told me that I have a pretty significant diastasis recti. She said that I should address it now, or else it may affect the baby's positioning or my pushing efficiency during labor. Ugh. (On the bright side, everything else looks normal, and the baby still seems to be growing well)

After Arlo was born, I wondered if I had diastasis recti, but I never followed up on it. My lack of core strength bothered me, but yoga seemed to be helping that before I got pregnant. I'd bought a book about how to heal diastasis, and I'd started doing the exercises in August, but I found out I was pregnant a few weeks later, so I stopped doing them.

It's discouraging to think that my body might not be able to handle labor well. Up to this point, I'd assumed that as long as I could deal with my emotional issues relating to my first birth experience, my body would be able to handle the physical part of giving birth. Now I don't feel so confident about that. There's hope, though--my midwife recommended a physical therapist in Vancouver, WA, who is trained in the Tupler Technique, who can (hopefully) teach me pregnancy-appropriate exercises to heal my diastasis recti. I had read about the Tupler Technique after Arlo was born, but it looked kind of gimmicky, so I hadn't pursued it. But I'm going to give it a try now, since this seems important. I've got my first appointment scheduled for Thursday. I hope it helps!

I guess I shouldn't worry too much; this baby will come out one way or another. It would just be nice to have my abs stop feeling like a limp noodle at some point, whether it's pre- or post-delivery.