You’ve heard the rumors.. this is just how it is after childbirth.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could shed the “pregnancy look”, sleep well and have lots of energy after having children?

And.. let’s not forget about the anxiety.

Imagine what it would be like to “fix” your abdominal separation and improve your digestion.

Think about this for a moment.

Why do some moms have such a hard time healing their core postpartum, while others have it easy?

Let me show you how I healed my diastasis recti.

First, here are 11 reasons your abdominal separation is not healed:

  1. Sleep deprivation
  2. Poor diet
  3. Stress
  4. Gut dysbiosis or Leaky gut syndrome
  5. Constipation
  6. Unable to shed the hormones from birth
  7. Thyroid problems
  8. Too much caffeine
  9. Too much wine/alcohol
  10. Exhaustion
  11. Choosing incorrect exercises

**But don’t forget… if you’re not sleeping well you’ll never have enough energy to begin exercising.

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3 Botanicals To Help You Sleep


Known as a gentle sedative, Valerian can calm the nervous system and reduce your stress. It’s one of the most useful relaxing nervines available to use. Due to its taste and strength, it’s best used it as a combined tincture to help promote sleep when you wake up in the middle of the night.

Two products I love: Super calm and Herb Pharm, Relaxing Sleep

Passion Flower

As a nervine, passionflower can be used for insomnia, anxiety, ADHD, and to help relieve pain.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is the first botanical offered to a woman who gives birth in Croatia. Just one cup of tea can soothe inflammation, aid digestion and relax your nervous system to help you sleep.

When you don’t have time to make tea, try chamomile as a tincture in a little water, for a quick remedy in the middle of the night.

What does the 4R approach have to do with your abdominal separation?

#1 Poor digestion

If you have poor digestion, you’ll be unable to shed the hormones from pregnancy – leaving you with a “poochy stomach” and constipation.  The 4R approach aids digestion, allowing you to process foods better.

Plus, If you’re struggling with constipation: this puts undue stress on your abs and your pelvic floor creating a weakness in your core every time you go

#2 Anxiety

Your gut health may be creating anxiety! By healing your gut, you may be able to soothe anxiety and sleep better.  Don’t believe me? Check this out> Source

#3 Depression

Your gut health and mood are related as well. If you’re struggling with depression,  the first thing I would address as a herbalist is your gut health.  Then we would add botanicals to help you soothe your stress.  When you feel better, you’ll have more energy and be able to exercise more.  Source

As you can see, healing your gut can help improve your mood, your digestion, and your energy.

Who needs the 4R approach?

Any mom struggling with digestive problems.

Take the health gut questionnaire to see if you need to heal your gut.

How do you apply the 4R approach?

Read this post to find out how I did it. 


If your struggling with an abdominal separation and you’re doing all of the correct exercises, you may want to try to heal your gut with the 4R approach. It’s more than an elimination diet.  Your gut health is connected to your anxiety, stress, insomnia, and depression.

Could this work for you? Comment below.



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Struggling with diastasis recti and bloating gas, and constipation? It\'s all connected.  Discover how your gut health is preventing your healing.
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