A funny thing happened when I had Noah. My abdomen, which was not all that impressive to start, became an uninvited stranger.
I hardly recognize what I see in the mirror. I swear there’s not a baby in there despite what people may think. I haven’t been able to start a consistent exercise routine, so my abdomen continues to be a problem. Noah, however, inspired me today.
Noah did some moves in physical therapy that I am fairly certain I could not do myself. The crunches he performed on the ball were nothing but impressive. My abdomen ached for him.
We have seen such advancements in his core strength while mine remains the same. If you put him at a little bit of a slant, he is able to pull himself up the rest of the way with his core strength. If my little man has been able to develop this type of strength, what the heck have I been doing.
What Is Diastasis Recti
A very common finding in Down syndrome is diastasis recti.
When you are looking at your baby’s belly you see a strip or ridge running up the middle. It is a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle (muscle running right down the middle of your abdomen)
It is just another sign of weakness in the core. Noah has a very obvious one at times. It is one of the physical characteristics of Down syndrome but is seen frequently in premature and typical infants. It is not something to worry about as it will most likely correct on its own as the muscles develop.
So, does anyone have a favorite post-pregnancy workout to help a momma out?
I need to keep up with my son. 🙂