Dealing with a loose stomach or diastsis recti after pregnancy
Lose Your Mummy Tummy: Flatten Your Stomach NOW Using the Groundbreaking Tupler Technique by Julie Tupler, R.N. with Jodie Gould
When it comes to healing “mummy tummy” better known as diastasis recti, the Tupler Technique is pretty much the only promising option outside of surgery. Diastasis Recti occurs when the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy but don’t come back together post-partum. It’s what causes a poochy belly and the loss of an “innie” belly button. A woman can be her ideal weight and still have a diastasis recti making her tummy look sloppy. We typically think that sit-ups and crunches are the answer for a flat stomach, but when you have a diastasis, traditional abdominal exercises make the split worse. You can literally see your insides bulging through the split when you do a sit-up! It’s unattractive and it can also become painful. Tupler offers a simple solution and she calls it the “Tupler Technique.” She tells us about all the benefits as well as the evidence supporting her program’s efficacy and it’s very tempting! From what I can find by researching online, there is scientific evidence that her program works.
The exercises are simple and most of them can be done while breastfeeding or sitting in a chair. (Kegels are part of the routine.) Tupler gives easy-to-follow directions and includes detailed photos. I’m terrible with exercises and coordination, but I can do these! I admit, I’m also bad at following through, so I never actually stay dedicated to the program; however, I can definitely tell a difference even when I’m not keeping up as I should. I’m sure if I really stayed on track, I’d see all the results Tupler promises. She includes the basic Tupler Technique as well as a longer program that incorporates the full body.
Here are the chapter titles:
1. What Is a Mummy Tummy?
2. Using the Tupler Technique in the First Two Postpartum Weeks
3. Using the Tuper Technique When Recovering from C-Sections, Episiotomies, and Other Physical Traumas
4. Using the Tupler Technique to Care For Other Achy Parts
5. The Day-to-Day Stuff: Incorporating the Tupler Technique to Protect Yourself From Injury
6. Getting Your Life Back: Protecting Your Newly Reduced Mummy Tummy When Doing Other Exercises
7. The Thirty-Minute Tupler Workout
8. Post(partum) Script