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Rebuild Your Post Baby BodyHello and welcome to Your Post Baby Body! I’m Jessica Camden and I’m a mom of three young boys, ranging in age from five to just under one.  I’m here hoping that other moms like myself can read through my blogs and learn how to maintain their body during pregnancy and/or build it back up after their baby is born.

I went through a lot of unnecessary pain and frustration during my last pregnancy dealing with diastasis recti, symphysis pubis dysfunction, back pain, sleeplessness, and more. When my last son was born, I was determined to learn what I could have done differently to make my pregnancy smoother and less painful.

During my research, I found so many exercises and programs I could have used to strengthen my body both during my pregnancy and afterwards. They were ones I’d never been aware of and I know other moms likely aren’t aware of them either, so I wanted to set up a place where anyone could come and learn to maintain/rebuild their post baby body and get into a shape that they’re proud of!

A Little More About My Journey

After I had each of my boys, I didn’t put a whole lot of effort towards rebuilding my body and, each time, I grew more and more disappointed with how my body looked.

As I approached the last couple months with my youngest son Jayden, my body grew weaker and weaker and I got to the point where anything I did caused intense lower back pain. I suffered from extreme SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) and I couldn’t even lift my feet out of my car without wincing or gritting my teeth because of the pain.

I Couldn’t Sleep At Nights Because of the Pain

Dealing with Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti made it Impossible for me to Sleep at Night

Every night I laid awake for hours trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in that hurt as little as possible. Anytime I had to move during the night, the pain was excruciating and would bring tears to my eyes. I felt like my body had let me down…the truth is I’d let my body down. I hadn’t taken the time to rebuild it after I had my sons and now I was paying the price.

As the end of my pregnancy drew closer, I promised myself that after my baby was born, I would do whatever it took to rebuild my body. I prayed that once he was born, the pain would be gone and I could have my body back.

Finally, almost a week early, I had my baby and, as I’d hoped, most of the lower back pain was gone. I could finally sleep at night without dreading anytime I might have to move or get up out of bed.

Though the Pain Was Gone, My Body was so Weak

Healing Diastasis Recti

My Body was Incredibly Weak

The pain was gone but, as the days went by, it was apparent that I was weaker than I’d ever been. I couldn’t sit up straight without my back getting sore. I didn’t have the strength to do things I’d just taken for granted before.

I knew that I had to get into a regular exercise routine but that I had to take it very slowly to give my stomach muscles time to strengthen and build back up. 

I Started Exercising Gradually

I started out just walking and doing light stretches. When my son was about two months old, I started running short distances as well but I really wanted to start lifting weights. Strength training is something I’ve always enjoyed and I knew an exercise routine that included it would be something I could stick to because it was something I enjoyed and looked forward to.

When Jayden was three months old, I started lifting weights and it brought out the euphoric feeling that I’d been looking for. I kept track of my progress each day and focused on one part of my body each workout.

I separated my workouts into leg, arm, chest, shoulders, back, stomach, and cardio workouts. I could feel myself getting stronger and could see that what I was doing was working.

I Noticed my Stomach Looked Like a Football Anytime I Engaged It

Diastasis Recti Image

My Stomach Looked like a Football

I began to notice that any exercise I performed that engaged my core, caused my stomach to raise up into a dome shape. I’d never seen that after either of my other sons and told myself it was because I had a whole lot of work to do to build it back up.

I kept on with my workouts and felt the muscles on my arms, legs, back, and shoulders growing stronger. Everything was working except my stomach looked the same. That dome was still there when I worked out or did anything that engaged my core.

One day, just over two months after I’d begun exercising heavily, I again noticed the dome shape on my stomach and it really bothered me that I could see no change. It looked as bad as it had when I’d started, maybe even worse.

For the first time I felt around the muscles on my stomach and was horrified to find that there were literally no muscles in the center of my stomach.

I could feel the edges of my abdominal muscles on the left side and the right side but there was a clear separation between them that I knew should not be there and that is what was causing the dome shape I’d been seeing. I wondered how in the world I was supposed to build back muscles that weren’t there!

I Researched It and Realized I Had Diastasis Recti

I’d never heard of abdominal muscles splitting and after my first two sons my stomach muscles were back to normal within a couple weeks. One google search into split abdominal muscles and I had my answer. I had diastasis recti. (For those of you who don’t know what diastasis recti is or who want to know more about, I have additional information here.)

At first, I felt like it was hopeless. The research I put into it said that performing exercises that engaged my core like I had been, would only make the condition worse, and I had seen firsthand that my stomach had not gotten any better.

I Knew I Couldn’t Afford Surgery

Several sources I found said that, except for very mild cases, it could only be repaired through surgery and I knew that was not an option for me. I couldn’t afford to have surgery on my stomach just to make it look better and I didn’t want to stop exercising, I’d finally begun regaining the body I wanted and to give it all up would be devastating to me.

Postpartum Exercise

Start Out With Moderate Exercise

I continued my exercise routine, but started leaving out any exercises that relied heavily on my core. Those that used it a little, I watched closely to make sure I was holding my stomach in as much as i could while I performed them.

A couple days after I’d realized that I had diastasis recti, I was again looking ways I repair my abdominal muscles and I found a program that claimed it could heal diastasis recti. Further research, yielded several mothers who claimed it had either entirely repaired their diastasis recti or had improved it dramatically.

I was very hesitant about purchasing it, but I’d seen so many success stories, I knew I had to try it. There was also a guarantee on it stating that if you weren’t happy with the results you got using the program, you could get your money back. So I figured, if it worked, it was worth the money; if it didn’t, I’d get the money back and look into other solutions!

I started using this program for my daily workouts and, just a couple weeks after I started, I noticed the dome on my stomach was getting smaller. It was working; I was ecstatic!

***Click Here to Read About the Program I Used to Heal My Diastasis***

The Change in the Separation was Amazing!

I continued using the program and the changes in my abdominal muscles have been dramatic. Where I used to be able to fit at least four, fingers into the gap between my muscles when I contracted my stomach, I can now only fit half a finger.

A couple weeks into the program, I slowly started using exercises that used my core heavily, and I felt an incredible difference and could feel my abdominal muscles getting stronger. I was finally on my way to getting my stomach back in shape along with all the rest of my body.

Looking back on it now, I think about how nice it would have been if I had known about the dangers of diastasis recti and the things it could lead to. I realized that was probably why I’d had excruciating back pain the last couple months of my pregnancy.

There are exercises you can perform and programs you can follow while you are pregnant to help minimize the chances of your abdominal muscles splitting. Perhaps if I’d known about those and had been performing those during my last pregnancy, the pain I experienced during the last couple months of it would have been lessened or would not have been there at all. 

The program I mentioned above can actually be used during your pregnancy as well to keep your abdominal muscles, pelvic muscles, and back strong so that you can prevent diastasis recti.

I started this blog in the hopes that other moms could see it and know what they can do so that they don’t have to go through what I did. I also wanted a place that other moms could look to for guidance and tools as they get their post baby bodies in shape. Whether your child is a couple months old or a couple years old it’s never too late to start and, while it may be hard at times, the payoff in the end is worth every effort you put into it!

Thank you for reading! Please post any questions or comments below!

Jessica Camden

Jessica Camden

Welcome to Your Post Baby Body! I'm Jessica and have been blessed with 3 beautiful little boys, Conner, Jackson, and Jayden. I've learned throughout each of my pregnancies that building your post baby body can be quite difficult. I've learned what works and what doesn't, where to start, and how to build up. My dream is help other moms get the post baby body they want through diet, exercise, and natural remedies!

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18 comments

  1. Hi Jessica,
    I was looking at your site and thinking how my wife would like it. We have had 3 children and she has gone through many things you mentioned. From stretch marks, to breast feeding and also exercise and diet.
    It seems that you have been very thorough on you website. This is wonderful for new mothers.
    Thank you,
    Bobby

  2. Stu says:

    I really love how in depth you are about your experiences. Your situation is inspiring especially because dealing with something like that has the potential to really crush your spirits and cause a lot of doubt. I’m glad you came through it stronger than before!
    -Stu

  3. Rebecca says:

    Hi Jessica, great site and information! I wish I had known about this many years ago. I am sure this will be very helpful to many new mothers and mothers-to-be. The site is very informative and is loaded with useful information for all.
    Sharing your story will give others information and hope that they are not alone.

    • Thank you so much hun! I hope it’s useful for all mothers trying to get into shape postpartum or even those who are still pregnant. The earlier you start the better and quicker your results will be! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!

  4. Cephas says:

    You are point. This site is informative. After reading this post I was moved to read other things because I love the way you spelled out things and I was stunned by your own journey and how you arrived at where you are now. I felt like am being instructed by an authority on the subject because your personal experience makes you nothing less than a pro in the right subject. You have earned my trust.

  5. ttanmichael says:

    very informative and to the point.Great content an layout. I love your site

  6. John Rico says:

    Hi there! This is a very inspiring story. I mean moms like you should never forget about themselves even if they already have kids. They should still find time to make their body healthy especially that they are not getting any younger. So do you have recommendations on what mothers should do in order to bring back their bodies before pregnancy?

    • Jessica Camden says:

      Thank you John! I really appreciate you reading! I agree that us moms really need to be able to build back up. When we do it really does give a better quality of life!

      Do you mean recommendations for what mothers should do in order to bring back their bodies after pregnancy? If so, then I’d recommend starting out small just a couple weeks after the baby is born and doing some of the easier exercises given in my Repairing Diastasis Recti page. Using those for a couple weeks will build up your inner abdominal muscles and get your body into a state where you can start back into a heavier exercise routine that does focus heavily on your core

  7. Thomas says:

    Jessica, this is a great site. I would like to recommend that you put share buttons so that folks can share this with there friends and expecting mothers. See you at WA great site.
    Thomas

    • Thank you Thomas! I really appreciate you reading and that is great advice. I’m not sure how to do that but I’ll look into it and definitely add that into my website. That’ll definitely add alot to it 🙂

      • Renee Luna says:

        Hello Jessica, I was wondering if these exercises work for those of us that had a c section 25 years ago? I have been struggling with my tummy for a while. Can you help?

        • My kids are still quite young and it was only after my last son that I started having problems being able to get my stomach back into shape. I know that regardless of how long it’s been these exercises can help quite a bit. 25 years is a lot of time to make up for but, if you’re willing to put in the effort I think they can make quite a difference for you.

          Don’t forget though that your diet is just as important as exercise. Nobody ever gets the results they’re looking for if they focus solely on one or the other. I’ve tried it as many ways as I could think of but the only time I really got the results I wanted was when I placed equal importance on both and focused on strengthening my inner muscles before the others.

          I would say don’t give up and I really wish you the best of luck!
          -Jessica