Engage Your Pelvic Floor (Diastasis Recti)
Yes, your pelvic floor is part of your core and is a critical piece in helping to lessen effects from Diastasis Recti. If you think of your core as a box, the pelvic floor is the bottom of the box and helps keep your organs in your pelvis in place. Here is our top tip for engaging your pelvic floor:
Exhale up & in: in a comfortable seated position and sitting tall, inhale as you relax your abdomen. Exhale as you kegel (up) and contract your abdominal muscles (in). You can practice this throughout the day.
More on kegels: Often times when we exhale during exercise, we contract our abdominal muscles but not the pelvic floor. This essentially pushes everything down, which can worsen symptoms of Diastasis Recti and a weak pelvic floor. That’s why it is important to kegel during exercise! A kegel feels similar to stopping the flow of urine and can be thought of as having different floors that you stop at (i.e., different intensities). Just like Diastasis Recti doesn’t apply to only women, kegels don’t either!
As always, let us know if you have any questions and be sure to talk with your doctor if you are experiencing any issues related to your core and/or pelvic floor.