I want to come clean about something to my readers. You have probably come upon my posts talking about my marathon training and advice in terms of diastasis recti aka “mom pooch”. I am a huge proponent of the exercise program Mutu System, which has helped me to heal some of my diastasis recti. I mean I was at one point at a 9 fingers width abdominal separation. Mutu has brought that down to a 4 fingers width for me. I love this program so much that I have become an ambassador for Mutu. That being said, I feel like I would be lying to you if I didn’t tell you that I am going to have my diastasis recti surgically repaired, otherwise known as abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, 3 months from today. I want to be honest and up front since I am an ambassador for Mutu and write about health and fitness. I don’t want anyone to think that I am fooling them.
WHY AM I DOING THIS?
I have been dealing with my diastasis recti for over 5 years now along with the “twin skin” that my twins have luckily left me. I say luckily because I am very grateful that I kept them cooking until 38 weeks. Many twins are born early and I delivered healthy twins with no need for NICU care. We all went home together as a family when they were 3 days old. So for this, I am very thankful.
I have a hernia that needs repair because of my diastasis. I am going to continue to be more susceptible to hernias if I don’t get my diastasis surgically repaired. Since they are going to be working on that area, I figured, as may as well get this whole thing taken care of.
I have worked hard to close the separation, but it is a lifetime commitment. As long as it is not closed, you always need to be mindful of movements, the kind of exercises that you do, etc. For me, something as simple as a cough aggravates the separation, separating itself again a little more. I do follow the Mutu to help bring it back to where it was, but like I said, for some people it is a lifelong commitment.
I have chronic lower back pain. It does come and go. I know that whenever my lower back is sore, that I need to make sure that I am incorporating Mutu exercises into my routine.
This is a very scary decision. It is a very invasive procedure that will leave me with a hip to hip scar. There are risks of necrosis, which means your skin dying, as well as infection. I have been prepared that recovery is a beast. My surgeon has not sugar coated anything. I am scared, very scared. I pray that I come out alive, and that I don’t get necrosis or any infections.
Once I am able to exercise again, I fully intend on starting with Mutu since it is a gentle approach. I will need to start off slow. I just wanted to come clean and be honest. I don’t want to hide anything from my readers when you come to my blog for information on health and fitness. If any of my readers have undergone this procedure, can you weigh in and tell me how you did and give me any tips? Wishing you all health and happiness!