My youngest daughter just turned six, and I’m finally getting around to healing my core from pregnancy and childbirth! I didn’t wait 6 years because I was lazy, quite the opposite. I spent 6 years doing the wrong things.
(I very rarely do a product review, unless you count book reviews. This is my second one in over 10 years of blogging! My own results inspired me to be an affiliate for the Every Mother App. They give me a small referral fee if you use my links to sign up. But I genuinely hope that women who suffer from pelvic floor and core weakness after pregnancy and birth learn about this awesome app, which is why I wrote this review of Every Mother.)
August 2020 UPDATE: It took me just about 4 months to completely resolve my Diastasis Recti! In the process I lost over 2 inches off my waist. I am thrilled with the results and I even recommended this program to my own mother, and it’s been quite a long time since she gave birth . . . but everyone can benefit from the incredible level of core strength that this exercise program yields. You can read the evidence here.
January 2021 UPDATE: I’m at the Surpass level on the Every Mother App, and not only is my core really strong and toned, but I get compliments on my arms!
Here’s my story about healing diastasis recti:
After the birth of my second daughter, I decided to get in shape. So I went to yoga on a regular basis, and ran mile after mile. I drank smoothies, did all sorts of ambitious 30 Day Challenges, went to the gym, listened to endless podcasts while doing the boring elliptical machine. Watched videos about getting a flat stomach made by gorgeous trainers who had babies and still had sexy abs . . .
I did this for years . . . and still . . . that round pooch persisted! And it really stands out on me because I’m small boned and flat chested and tiny otherwise. I suspected that something was up with my core, and that I wasn’t doing the right things. (Really, as many mamas know, it’s not fun to pee when you sneeze or cough.)
I finally broke down after a month of CrossFit, when I tried to explain to a male trainer that I can’t jump rope without peeing. And he’s like “Hey, lots of women feel like they might pee when they jump, it’s not abnormal.” And I’m thinking: No dude, I don’t mean that I feel like I have to pee. I know the difference, I’m in my forties. I mean I will have to leave your class and change my clothes. Not okay.
So I did some research, because I come from one of those really scientific families that encourages that sort of thing. And I found the Every Mother Program that was proven to heal diastasis recti, which is exactly the issue that I wasn’t addressing. Most of the things I was doing only make it worse!
Much cheaper than my gym membership, the Every Mother program has a simple app that only costs me about $15 a month. For the price of one yoga class, I get a short daily workout for an entire month, tailored to exactly what my core can handle. There is just enough variety to keep it interesting, and many of the workouts are restorative yet very effective.
The photo above is from 50 days in, and I’m super pleased with my results. Okay so I don’t look like a personal trainer. But not too shabby for a woman in her 40s who loves bread and chocolate and had 2 babies.
The Every Mother videos also taught me how to know when my core and pelvic floor cannot handle what I’m doing. This is especially important when carrying heavy loads or doing any intense garden work. So I can ease off before undoing all my progress. Knowing what not to do is a huge part of the healing process.
I will also mention in this Every Mother review that the app is easy to use and I haven’t had any technical issues with it in all the months that I’ve been a subscriber. And when I complete the work out each day, I get a check mark for the day which is a good way of motivating me to stay consistent.