So here we go again, had to go and get myself knocked up a little sooner than expected! Kidding, but no seriously, we weren’t planning on another one so soon but when God asks you to be a parent you do not ask any questions. I’m honored to be called as a parent again.
I am twelve weeks pregnant and will be using the same routine as I did with my first child with this one. Some things are bound to be different but so far much has been the same. The most major difference now is that I am fully aware of the condition I will develop as a result of this pregnancy, diastasis recti.
If you have been reading my blog for awhile or are subscribed to my youtube channel then you know what I am talking about, a separation of the abdominal muscles as the result of my expanding uterus.
I have worked SO hard over the last couple of years to bring my abdominals back together from a 4 finger gap to almost a one (which is normal). On top of all of this I also have an umbilical hernia. I had not only asked my gyno if I had one but also my primary care both of which told me I didn’t! It was so obvious and apparent that I had one?! I had all the signs and symptoms. I will do a an entire follow up post on my hernia as it seems as if it is official now that I have one and will be having corrective surgery to have it fixed.
My stomach will never look like it did either flexed or unflexed. Of course I’m not 100% comfortable with the notion but I love what i have accomplished and the rehab that I have been able to give to my body after it gave me SO much with my son. I will have even more work to do after chickadee gets here because statistically diastasis always gets worse after the first one. I am definitely sensitive about both the hernia and diastasis bc only my husband and I know how hard I’ve worked to bring my stomach back together and the countless hours I’ve spent researching the condition.
I hope you will join me as I journey through this pregnancy and into rehab for the second time. If you think you may also have diastasis here is a video to self test. I would love to offer you any advice and provide you with some resources on how to get started rehabbing your diastasis. It’s NEVER too late to repair the damage.
Here we go!
Carpe the Hell Out of Your Diem