If you have diastasis recti either during pregnancy or after pregnancy, then you should not do the traditional Core exercises. Click here to find out What is Diastasis Recti?
If diastasis recti (a separation of the right and left side muscles of your belly) occurs, then you should stay away from twisting motions, planks (not modified), crunches and most traditional abdominal exercises. You will need to train the pelvic floor and transverse abdominis to re-create the strength and integrity of your core. You can do this with pelvic floor training, supported crunches and TA training. Listed here are the 7 Simple Movements that initiate the healing of diastasis recti. And can be done directly after pregnancy or further down the line. And all of these abdominal exercise modifications are provided in Lindsay’s PostNatal 2-Packs.
It is also important to know whether or not you have a hernia. A hernia is a protrusion and looks like an indent in your stomach. Most of the time hernias do not need surgery, but some hernias are large and need surgery. If diastasis recti core exercise is uncomfortable you could have a hernia. Or if you have trouble healing the diastasis recti within several weeks or months, you should see your OB.