002: Jessica Valant – Postpartum fitness and Diastasis Recti

I’m so thrilled to welcome one of my closest friends to the podcast, especially since she’s a wealth of fitness knowledge.

Jessica Valant is the founder of Jessica Valant Pilates. She’s a physical therapist, fitness instructor, Pilates teacher, and mom of two. She has her own membership site and also provides free YouTube and Facebook workouts for her audience. She recently co-founded Momentum Fest with the husband, and it’s this weekend in Denver! If you’re close by, be sure to check out this Pilates and movement festival. It’s guaranteed to be amazing.

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In this episode, we discuss:

-Unrealistic expectations for new moms

-Diastasis Recti and safe core work

-Fitness plans for the early postpartum days

-How Jess met her husband

and Momentum Fest.

To connect with Gina, click here.

To connect with Jess, click here.

Some of my favorite YouTube videos from Jessica:

Back pain relief exercises

Pelvic floor exercises

The perfect pregnancy workout

Bedtime Pilates workout

My favorite Diastasis Recti exercises.

Get your FREE postpartum core guide here.

All of the details for Momentum Fest can be found here.

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  1. Nicole on June 20, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I loved this episode so much! I have a 1 yr old and dealt with both DR and pelvic floor issues postpartum. You guys are right – no one talks about it, and it can be SO isolating and a little scary! PT helped me so much, and I believe all mamas should check it out after having babies. Thank you for opening up the dialogue on these not-so-fun, but so common, issue! Can’t wait for more episodes!!

  2. Tera on June 21, 2018 at 7:57 am

    This episode definitely hit home with me! At my 6 week postpartum appt my doctor’s midwife told me you couldn’t get ab separation unless you had a c section (what??) so I just jump right into a mommy boot camp class and did all the ab stuff they were doing. I finally got referred to a PT for help but they don’t have anyone who specializes in women’s health PT in my area so it wasn’t very helpful. I’m having more success using DR safe YouTube videos now.

  3. Lauren H on July 19, 2018 at 10:09 am

    This is all so true! Thank you for getting this info out there. My OB dismissed me at my 6 week appt when I asked about DR. I finally saw a women’s health PT when my little guy was about 9 months and I had a 3 finger separation. I have been trying to keep up with my exercises. I think it is very slowly but surely getting better. How long did it take you to feel like you were “healed”?

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