Bethany Learn

Bethany Learn

Bethany Learn lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She is the founder of Fit2B Studio, an online workout video portal that streams family-friendly exercise routines right to your tv, laptop, pc, or smartphone. Bethany has a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and has taught group fitness for 14 years. She currently moonlights as The Tummy Team's fitness specialist, and her hobbies include dragonboating, reading, crocheting rugs out of t-shirt yarn, and editing for indie authors.
Bethany Learn

There is 3-finger gap in maternal care, yet with all the awareness being raised about birth empowerment, this one is not being discussed much. Diastasis Recti is another form of pregnancy and birth-related trauma that is preventable and treatable without surgery, yet women are willingly and silently suffering with it because doctors are misdiagnosing it, fitness professionals are making it worse , and midwives are often accepting it or advising crunches, which is incorrect.

"Clinicians have long noted its presence, prenatally and postnatally, but the magnitude of the problem is currently unknown," says THIS STUDY that showed postnatal women still suffering from wide diastasis gaps. Yet women are told that they are vain for worrying about the squishiness and poochiness of their bellies. Women are told to just accept their muddled middle as one more "battle scar." We are also told that "leaking" is normal, too, yet diastasis and your pelvic floor are very much related. Here's what one of my Fit2B Studio members recently said:

How about the fact that those of us who do require csections are then given no physical therapy afterwards. We're given pain meds and told to carry on. Most serious surgerys have some form of recovery care. Merely making sure the incision spot is healing is not enough." -Fit2B in New York, Lynn

You see, Diastasis is a health issue, not an issue of looks, even though healing it can flatten your belly. While we may not be able to do much about stretch marks, we can do something about our deflated cores. If you've had a surgical birth, then it becomes even more crucial for you to reconnect with your abdominals, because our abs do so much for our health:

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