Postnatal crunches can make 'mummy tummy' worse? Eeeeek! What? Can that be correct? I thought sit-ups were part of the recipe for a washboard stomach. Well, that is definitely not the case if you have just given birth to a sweet little bundle of joy that has unfortunately left you with abs separation. I've learned that curling movements and those that load the core too much can exacerbate the problem and leave us with a pot belly. Not the look you are going for long term? Me neither!
First let me say, as new moms I think we should give ourselves a break and love our bodies. We should thank ourselves for growing these adorable little humans! I also hope that if we want a flat tummy again, and are wiling to work for it, we can have it.
I am in the process of healing my abs separation. You'll see my 4.5 month old baby boy in the video above. I was fortunate to only have about two fingers of abs separation following his birth. The downside was that the separation was quite long and deep. Some women have a lot more. Others less. I have spent a lot of time and energy researching this condition. Diastasis recti is the official name. To get down to basics, according to WebMD,“Diastasis recti” means your belly sticks out because the space between your left and right belly muscles has widened. You might call it a “pooch.” It's very common among pregnant women. About two-thirds of pregnant women have it.
My healing is going well! I've had a several physical therapy appointments and signed up for the MUTU Mamas online program (which also comes with a lot of literature on the topic and even nutritional tips for recovery). I'm also getting some tips from Tori Clapham the founder of Peaches Pilates. In the video above, Tori and I show you how to tell if you have abs separation and also demonstrate a few exercises she recommends to clients. As always, be sure to consult with your physician. Below you will also find a Q and A to dive a little deeper.
Born in the USA! I was... Born in the USA! Are you singing yet? What a perfect casual look for July 4th! The top is by Wild Fox Couture. It's a current fit with a few holes to give it that rock glam look. I love pairing it with red and white or blue and white striped pants to wax on the patriotism even more! Yassss! The bangles are by Kendra Scott. I like to wear a few at a time. The snakeskin nude wedges are by Michael Kors and are on sale! They also come in other colors like solid nude and black. Check the links here or go to my favorite Charlotte boutique, KK Bloom. Stay tuned all week for more patriotic looks coming at ya! Four looks for the 4th! xx
I'm visiting San Francisco ahead of some July 4th TV work for Fox News. Gawd it feels good to be in the summer sun after coming from my home in Sydney where it's winter right now! This candy stripe crop is such a sweet little number. Totally crushing on the color combo. It's by ASTR and I will say it runs small so you may want to go a size up. You can tie it in the front or back. I LOVE these jeans. I have had them over a year and they are still on the market. In fact, I remember the day I slid back into them after giving birth to Brooks. That was a good day! Ha! They have just the right amount of give and the waistline is quite flattering with almost any top. If you like these Paige Hoxton Ankle Skinny Jeans click here. I have been obsessed with Michael Kors shoes for ages. They are always classic chic and seem to be more comfortable than other brands with similar styles. The studded snakeskin wedges look fab with so many different outfits. They also come in other colors like nude and black. I was styled by KK Bloom for this shoot. You can also check out the links on this page to get the look. Enjoy!
I am obsessed with this caged neckline right now. I notice it every time I see someone rockin it. And that's just what this look is all about. A little bit of grunge, rock and roll with a little chic. I absolutely loved wearing this in my favorite city in the whole world, New York City. I was visiting about 6 weeks ago, introducing my baby boy, Brooks to the USA on Fox and Friends. It was such an honor! And bub wasn’t even phased by the lights, etc. I feel so lucky - Producers had my 3 month old on the telly for five different days. It was awesome. And here's a funny little tidbit... He did a massive poooooo live on the air that the microphones picked up. haha! It will be a great story to tell at his wedding one day. As for this look... The top is by People's Project LA. The sequin skirt is by Lavender Brown Clothing.
Kendrick Slaughter from KK Bloom styled me for this shoot and says, " Pairing a little grunge and glam is one of my favorite ways to style. I love to mix textures that compliment each other. New York is one of my favorite places in the world. It has a magic to it that is explainable. Anna's look is perfect for a casual night out. This skirt , would seem to most, way to dressy for the city streets. But, by pairing it with an unexpected distressed tee, it allows you to play with your look and wear it just about anywhere. Add some chunky gold jewelry to accessorize."
Somehow fruity details in fashion make an outfit more fun. Am I right?! The inspo for this look comes from my nickname, Anna Banana. This bag is by Kate Spade. Given the recent news, I treasure this bag even more. It’s from her ‘That’s Bananas’ range. Pretty much anytime I see anything banana... I get it. Have to have it! I will wear this bag until until it falls apart! As for the whimsical pineapple sweater, I think it is just so cute without being too 'cutesy' if you know what I mean. It's my Show Me Your Mumu. The white jeans are by 7 for all Mankind. The gold flats are by Tory Burch.