The dilemma of being slim but having a big tummy!

Since I had my baby last year, I’ve dropped 10 kg (22 pounds) and although I still want to return to my original pre-pregnancy weight of 65 kg, I don’t consider myself fat. I now weigh 70kg.

My tummy on the other hand has refused to go down at the same rate the rest of my body is. When I started my weight loss journey, I was 38 inches but now I’m 33.5 inches. I look 5 months pregnant if I don’t wear my Body Magic bodyshaper.Side view day 1 true foods for two

I sometimes get depressed but I continue to work as hard as I can. Since I started The True Foods For Two challenge, I’ve dropped about half an inch around my waist line (from 34 to 33.5 inches). My goal waist line is 29 inches. Can I get there? I’m working as hard as I can.

I’ve done some study on getting a smaller waist line and causes of a persistently big tummy and I’ve come to the conclusion that I have what is known as a Diastasis Recti. This is  is basically a separation of the outer muscle of the abdomen (also called rectus abdominis muscle) into right and left halves. Normally, the two sides of this muscle are joined at the midline by a fibrous tissue called linea alba. One of the major causes of Diastasis recti is the stretching of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy.

Diastasis recti

There are a number of exercises recommended for reducing a Diastasis Recti but if the degree of separation is very high, a tummy tuck might be the only way of solving this problem.

In a future post, I shall describe some of these exercises.

Have you been struggling with a disproportionate tummy after having kids?

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