Before I had Baby #9, my OB told me she would be splinting my abdominals right after birth. I started researching what kind of splint would be best for me to purchase to have on hand for when I came home and got back to work on my abdominal separation. After a lot of researching, I found one that I am absolutely THRILLED with and wanted to share with all of you!
Many of you know about my Diastasis Recti page here on Raising Arrows. It’s been a long and arduous journey with only nominal results – mostly because of my lack of commitment. I have a lot of kids, and it has been difficult to find the time to work on those abs in the proper way. I know…it’s an excuse. (I am trying very hard to release all my excuses, but some I still find myself holding onto.)
Because my doctor was so proactive about helping me with my separation, I felt encouraged to get back to work with a renewed energy and focus. But, I needed a splint that would be ready for me when I was ready for it.
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After a lot of research and a great sale, I ended up purchasing the 3 Panel Splint from The Tummy Team a couple of weeks before I gave birth.
The reason I chose this particular splint is because I am short-waisted (as in EXTREMELY short-waisted), and what I read about it on The Tummy Team site made a lot of sense. Plus, they said it was COMFORTABLE! I am all about being comfortable!
I did not take the splint to the hospital when I had baby because I knew my doctor would be splinting me there, but you definitely could take this splint with you if you are unsure what your hospital does in regards to splinting. Splinting the hospital helped SO MUCH with my pain. I felt “together.” The splint I was given in the hospital was a DONJOY and retailed for $140. It was nearly identical in shape to the 3 Panel Splint I had purchased – but not nearly as strong!
I get asked all the time which DR splints are my favorites. The 3 Panel Splint has BY FAR become my absolute favorite!
What I like about it:
- It truly is comfortable.
- It stays put.
- It isn’t hot.
- The velcro is strong, and I feel very supported.
- It fits my body well.
- It doesn’t show under my clothing.
- It is reasonably priced.
My current plan of attack for working on my diastasis is to use the Tupler Technique. I have this little guide book that I use to keep me on track, and I am part of a small accountability group of friends. However, if you don’t know where to start, or need a little more help, encouragement, or one-on-one time, The Tummy Team offers classes you can take online with personalized help. Click HERE to learn more!
Please, do your own research as to which splint is right for YOU, but I can almost guarantee The Tummy Team has it!
And here are a couple of photos of me at 4 months postpartum wearing the splint under my clothing. I like to wear the splint over a nursing cami (these are a staple in my wardrobe! You can CLICK HERE To see the wide selection available on Amazon. The one I am wearing in the upper photos is an Undercover Mama that hooks into your nursing bra.)
I also want to show you something encouraging…
The first photo below is me on Day 1 of starting my DR workout back in 2011. The second photo is me a few weeks ago. Both are without a splint.
(and MUCH BETTER posture too!)
THIS IS ENCOURAGING!!!
I’m also hoping to start writing more Fit Mom of Many posts, so be looking for my diastasis updates, as well as my fitness and weight loss updates! You might even catch me on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter walking, exercising, or (*gasp*) running! #fitmama #fitmomofmany
You can check out my Fit Mom of Many page by clicking the graphic below:
I am so excited at the prospects of what I hope to accomplish this go-round! I hope you will join me!