|This was me at 39 weeks. I went to 40 weeks 4 days|
A little less than a year ago I started the Tupler program with the splint, doing her special ab workout 3 times a day.
I have worn the splint on and off. I can do the recommended 24 hour a day thing for only about 3 weeks at a time and then I start feeling too...trapped...and take a break. The program says it's 6 weeks to great abs or something like that, but I think that's if you're starting at a two finger gap or something. The booklet says it could take up to a year of diligently following the program.
|Splinting 4 weeks postpartum|
I was able to stay quite diligent and go from a 6 to 3 finger gap within about a month. I could not wear the splint during the summer here. It felt like it was going to suffocate me in the hot TX summer. That set me back a bit. Since then I've had a hard time really sticking religiously to the program. I slimmed out of my first splint and needed a smaller size. I finally got it and I've been doing ok with getting some tuplers in every day. But, I'm still around a 1.5-2 finger gap.
One of the worst things about having a diastasis recti is that I apparently am not supposed to do any ab work with a forceful forward movement or my abs can split further. That mean no crunches, no sit ups, no P90X ab workouts etc. I feel like there is a lot of toning that I need to do that I can't do. Maybe I"ll just risk it and see if it really does set me back. I'm ready to do something different to flatten/tighten my tummy. So, overall, not bad, but not perfect. I am still grateful for the body that God gave me and I'm going to try my best to take care of it.
Before Tupler: March 2012
|4 weeks postpartum. "Normal" i.e. not sucking in|
|4 weeks postpartum, sucking in/flexing to the max|
After Tupler: February 2013
|"Normal" not sucking in/flexing|
*Addendum* This bod did not just come about by doing her program. I eat pretty well, run a lot, and use Isagenix products as well. I was mainly saying hers is the only ab program I've done since then.