We recommend first consulting a pelvic floor or women’s health physical therapist, as they are specially trained to help with postpartum musculoskeletal issues including diastasis. Depending on the severity of the diastasis, you may need guidance based on your specific muscle dynamics which varies from woman to woman.
If cleared for exercise, P.volve is a safe fitness alternative if you have DRA and can help tighten your stomach, as it works the core and abdominals.
Can I use P.volve during my third trimester?
P.volve is safe for third trimester and will not cause or contribute to diastasis recti. In fact, as long as you are following the cues, this method can help with abdominal function postpartum.
Your biggest focus should be:
- Continuing to breathe throughout your core work. Breath holding can increase the stress on the linea alba (connective tissue between the rectus abdominus muscles).
- Trying to coordinate the hardest part of the movements with exhaling and pulling the belly button towards your spine.