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Hi, I am 10 weeks post partum after a c section, with about 2 finger hole like feeling vertically, around my belly button and another 3-4 finger hole like feeling horizontally. I was nearly 25 pounds overweight weighing 72kgs before my pregnancy and now although I have shed most of my pregnancy weight, I still weigh 76kgs. Also I have the dreaded c section shelf above the incision scar and I look about 4 months pregnant still. Can you help me get back my earlier shape and not look pregnant still?

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For diastasis, you need to first build a foundation of strength back into your Transverse Abdominis, the most internal abdominal muscle, our internal "girdle" and then train the muscle how to function properly as a stabilizer. This will close your mid line and re-flatten your belly. I have a DVD that will take you through these rehab steps.
For the shelf, start doing scar mobilization massage. Right now your scar is tight and probably adhered to underlying tissues.
Resource for diastasis rehab:
http://befitmom.com/diastasis_recti.html
http://befitmom.com/bounce_back_fast_post_natal_core_conditioning_dvd.html
Resource for post C massage:
book: Ending Female Pain, http://renewpt.com/products/renew-store/
http://renewpt.com/healing-programs/maya-abdominal-massage/
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I can answer all questions regarding prenatal and postpartum fitness and exercise. I will not answer any questions that are not related to prenatal and postpartum fitness and exercise. I will not answer questions regarding getting pregnant, or signs or symtoms, only fitness and exercise during and after pregnancy. No due dates, medical problems during pregnancy, signs or symtpoms of pregnancy, pregnancy tests, vaginal problems/smells/discharge, periods or ovulation.

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Pre-and-Postnatal Exercise Specialist ACE certified Personal Trainer Author: "Exercise After Pregnancy: How to Look and Feel Your Best" Book Author: "Bounce Back Fast! Post Natal Core Conditioning" DVD Founder: BeFit-Mom Teacher: Post Pregnancy Exercise Workshops

Organizations
IDEA Health and Fitness Association

Publications
numerous regional parenting magazine

Education/Credentials
Dancing Thru Pregnancy, Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist Certification 2000 Resist-a-Ball Core Program, 1999 American Council on Exercise, Personal Trainer Certificate, 1999 Peak Performance, San Francisco, CA, Pilates Instructor Training Program, 1992 Health and Fitness Institute, Cal State Hayward, Personal Trainer Certificate, 1990 American College of Sports Medicine, Group Exercise Leader, 1989 Boston Conservatory, BFA/Dance, 1982

Awards and Honors
´┐ŻBounce Back Fast! Post Natal Core Conditioning´┐Ż, 2005. Winner of the Platinum Award from the Family Review Center, 2007.

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