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    Default Distasis recti/ post partum exercise

    After the birth of my DS2 I decided to be proactive and see a physiotherapist that specialised in post partum/pregnancy, as I was keen to get back into running ASAP but didn't want to risk long term damage etc.

    I saw a lovely Physio and she confirmed I have some minor ab separation and gave me a bunch of exercises to do (mainly pelvic floor/deep abdominal focussed) and a big list of don't do's. I have bee really good in doing my exercises and avoiding anything I am not supposed to be doing (ie running, weights, any core work, jumping etc).

    I have my 'assessment' tomorrow (I will be 17 weeks PP) but I am scared she is going to say I am still not ready. I am going crazy not running, not being able to do any more than simple exercises at the gym it's really affecting my mental health.

    I have really good core control, no protruding belly etc (it's very flat again), no doming, no bladder leakage or obvious pelvic floor issues. So I am wondering if anyone else has been diagnosed with ab separation but started running again regardless? If so did you wear support garment or tape your abs etc? Last check I still had approx 3cm gap around my belly button. Not certain this has closed up and I have read it can take a year or even be permanent??

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    I don't have any advice sorry. I have also read it can take a year for your abs to close up nicely.
    Waiting for my Physio to give me clearance too. Was hoping for Tuesday night but she was sick!

    I'm 14 weeks pp and still not able to train with a dislocated/suspected fractured coccyx so I'm in a lot of pain physically still but I definitely feel your pain with the mental health side of things X

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    Quote Originally Posted by clb84 View Post
    I don't have any advice sorry. I have also read it can take a year for your abs to close up nicely.
    Waiting for my Physio to give me clearance too. Was hoping for Tuesday night but she was sick!

    I'm 14 weeks pp and still not able to train with a dislocated/suspected fractured coccyx so I'm in a lot of pain physically still but I definitely feel your pain with the mental health side of things X
    Oh no sorry to hear that I was worried I had fractured my coccyx too but it got better after 3-4 weeks so I assume I just bruised it. My Chiro checked it too and it was ok. You must be in so much pain.

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    It's hard to know! I've had an X-ray that has confirmed dislocations. I have been to gp, osteo and Physio and nothing has helped.
    Never step is referral to a specialist. Hoping for an injection of some sort! It really sucks and it's taking away from what I can do with DD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clb84 View Post
    It's hard to know! I've had an X-ray that has confirmed dislocations. I have been to gp, osteo and Physio and nothing has helped.
    Never step is referral to a specialist. Hoping for an injection of some sort! It really sucks and it's taking away from what I can do with DD!
    I am sure there is something they can do! I remember no one was really helpful in the hospital when I raised the possibility they just said, even if it is broken there isn't anything you can do about it. Um, thanks!! I hope you find some relief ASAP.

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    I had my assessment today - man it was thorough! I mean she did a full internal check of pelvic floor, cervical position etc with and without me 'holding'. Omg. Anyway to cut a long story short, she wants me to do a couple more weeks of PF exercises before I start any high impact exercise just to be on the safe side.

    On the positive my ab separation is now 2.5cm at widest point so has come in a bit and I have been given the green light to incorporate a little more core work, hooray! Still no static planks or sit-ups etc but I can now work toward them and do push-ups on my knees etc.

    I am disappointed I still can't run but glad I now have a bit of a timeframe.


 

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