Postpartum recovery update after baby #2. I am currently more like 5 weeks postpartum in the video and pictures. I’ve been wearing a new belly binder from Bellies Inc that I am sharing my thoughts on. Sharing what my belly looked like after baby #1 compared to what it looks like after baby #2. I do feel how I worked out differently during my second pregnancy and having a better postpartum healing plan really helped with my results of having a smaller gap this time around compared to the first.
I can’t believe I am almost 6 weeks postpartum. After suffering from a large 3 finger ab gap after my first pregnancy I knew that after my second child I needed a better plan.
I worked out differently during my second pregnancy to prevent a large diastasis post-baby which helped. I am in the process of creating my brand new pregnancy workout program. Details HERE.
Plus I had a much better postpartum recovery plan after baby #2.
Postpartum recovery one month update after baby #2 and Bellies Inc postpartum recovery belly system
Share this diastasis update and belly binder review with your girl friends and moms. *Disclaimer: make sure to consult with your doctor before trying a new workout routine. If you feel any pain or discomfort while exercising, stop.
I know so many of us want to get to our pre-baby bodies again quickly but sometimes taking it slow is best. The body can heal. It just needs time to do it.
I know that’s not the answer you want to hear. It actually can take the body a good year to fully recover from being pregnant and giving birth. Which makes sense as you’re pregnant for 9 months so a year isn’t that long if you think about the bigger picture.
I am sharing some comparison shots of my belly after each pregnancy to show how doing things smarter the second time around really helped! I had a lot to learn after my first pregnancy and dealing with diastasis for the first time.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of me at 2 weeks postpartum after each pregnancy.
It amazes me how the body recovers differently each time. I gained about the same weight each pregnancy.
I have a small frame and I was ALL BELLY for both pregnancies.
I gained most of my weight at the belly so I had a feeling diastasis would happen to me as my belly was really stretched out.
38 weeks baby #1 vis baby #2
Here are my 38-week belly shots from my two different pregnancies. Lyla came early at 38 weeks where Madison (my first child) came right on her due date at 40 weeks.
Here I am comparing my belly a few days postpartum after each pregnancy.
Again I feel my results are better the second time around because I was smarter. I was more educated. I did things differently. I focused more on my alignment and breathing.
I do feel that by me working out differently being pregnant with baby #2 and having a better postpartum plan after my second child with belly binding really helped my belly heal better.
I am taking my second recovery journey slow. Now with 2 kids to take care of my time is limited.
Here I am sharing more after belly pictures postpartum after both pregnancies to show how working out differently being pregnant and having a better postpartum recovery plan can really help with the healing process.
Remember we are all different and will heal differently.
So my results are after baby #2:
- No separation above belly button.
- 3 finger gap at belly button.
- 1.5/2 finger gap below belly button.
- Gap isn’t as deep as it was after my first pregnancy. YAY!
I must say I am so HAPPY with my results. I feel all my hard work doing pregnancy and so far postpartum has really helped!
Like I said in the video I am pretty much-doing everything that I said in this post for my postpartum recovery.
I haven’t done as much walking as I would have liked but I know I have plenty of time to add more walking in. Chasing after my 2-year-old has been the majority of my exercise plus walking up and down stairs in the house.
My main focus has been to do at least one of my safe diastasis core workouts each day (I have 9 safe core workouts inside my postpartum Retrain Your Core program.
I am currently starting core workout #5 and starting to really feel my deep core muscles getting stronger. The first few weeks it is hard because the muscles are so weak. It takes time to reconnect your deep core muscles and get them strong again. And that’s the hard part because we all want faster results. I am no different but I also know from experience that healing diastasis takes time.
Some people heal faster as others it takes longer and for some surgery might be what they have to do (I am not promoting surgery as I do feel the right exercises, workouts, nutrition and mindset can play a huge part in healing). Each body is different so don’t compare to me or any other mom. Focus on your core. Your body and mind. Believe in yourself that you can heal!!
I wanted to share my journey to show YOU want is possible. I am no one special. I am a mom of two girls doing my best to take care of myself so I can be there in the best health for my girls.
Bellies Inc. Postpartum Ab system – ab tank and wrap review
The lovely people over at Bellies Inc asked me if I would like to try out their belly tank which is the ab tank and ab wrap and give it a review.
I have heard of Bellies Inc but I honestly didn’t know that much about them. I am so happy to have been able to try this product out as I have been really liking it.
It fits great and I really like how it feels on. It almost feels like second skin.
If you are interested in learning more about this belly tank and wrap make sure to check out Bellies Inc site.
They sell them as a set or you can purchase either the wrap or tank separately. So far for me I really like them both but if I had to choose what to get I would say the ab wrap.
After wearing it for a few days I am starting to get the hang of putting it on correctly. I am excited to continue to wear this wrap for a few more weeks and see how it helps my core even more.
If you are curious on the other belly wrap I have been wearing postpartum to help diastasis is from the tummy team here.
Well, I will keep you posted on my journey and of course my postpartum journey.
Any questions please let me know. Thanks! Want to join me live on my postpartum journey? CLICK here to Retrain Your Core
xoxo Lori (and Michelle)
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