Hi, it’s Natalie here. I am here with my good friend, and co- author of our book Abs, Core and Pelvic Floor, and we are answering some of our most asked questions.
Without going too much into my story, just so you guys know, after I had my babies, I had two ten pound babies. You guys have seen the pictures, I’m way out there. And after I had them, I honestly just thought that accidentally peeing your pants when you would exercise, cough, or sneeze, I just thought that was part of motherhood. I didn’t even think that could ever be improved.
I met Dr. Monique, and she helped me understand that there are so many things that can be done to improve that, if you’re having issues with topics that a lot of times we don’t talk about as women because it’s kind of embarrassing. For a long time, this program almost didn’t get published because I had to have a serious heart to heart with myself and say, “Okay, am I ready to tell the whole world that I used to pee my pants?” But it doesn’t even end there. Things like painful sex, or back issues, or a lot of topics that we don’t always talk about because they feel embarrassing to us, but they’re really, really common. So, part of my mission is to just start these conversations and start talking about these taboo topics on things that are common and that a lot of women go to, and things that can be done to help improve them.
Dr. Monique and I will be doing a series of Q&A’s every Tuesday for the next couple of weeks and will publish the questions and answers here. It’ll be a great time if you guys have questions for us you can leave a comment and we can answer them next week, or make sure to tune in live to my facebook page on Tuesdays.
When I do sit-ups, my belly button protrudes to a pyramid shape. I had twins eight years ago, though. Can your Abs, Core and Pelvic Floor program help or is it too late?
This is a really good question because I think the “is it too late question” is one that we get often, and what I think is so beautiful about the body is, that it’s dynamic. We’re never at a point where it’s stationary and we can’t make any changes. We’re constantly changing ourselves, they’re constantly repairing and regenerating themselves, which means we have the ability to heal our muscular system especially, indefinitely. There’s never a time where it’s too late. Even people at 90 are able to make positive changes.
Things like doming during sit-ups is a really common indicator that we might have some core dysfunction. That’s exactly why we wrote this program, it really is. It’s exactly why we wrote this program, it really is. Exactly why we wanted to get the tools and the resources to say, “Hey, if you’re experiencing this symptom, it’s a really good idea to take a pause, step back, look at our alignment, look at our core engagement, and see how we make those movement patterns work better so we’re not experiencing so many painful or annoying symptoms.”
The one thing I will say is having proper expectations, too, can be really helpful. I know after I had Phoenix, I could fit four, almost five fingers in the gap that I had with my diastasis recti, and now I still have, when I feel here, like a one and a half finger gap. And for me, if I wanted to completely eliminate that gap all together, I would probably need surgery, but for me, I’m happy with … that’s functional to me, I feel like it still looks okay, and surgery is such a big deal. That’s what I was trying to avoid. So I think it’s important, too, to know that we can totally make improvements, but also have proper expectations. So if you’re uncomfortable with still having a one finger gap, if so, there are steps that we can take to improve that.
Dr. Monique Middlekaff and I will be answering your questions in a series of blog posts, so look out for the next one.
P.s. For more information on our program, Abs, Core and Pelvic floor. A 4 week structured exercise plan that specifically focuses on diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction. Click HERE!