What is Mummy Tummy anyway?

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‘Mummy Tummy’ has certainly become a buzz term these days, especially in the world of pregnancy and postpartum. We hope the term hasn’t become cringe-worthy just yet because it is a hugely important topic and we’re happy it’s finally part of the conversation.

If you are hearing the term for the first time right now, you may be thinking we are talking about the extra weight that remains after the birth of a baby, you may even think we are being a bit rude! I promise you, we are not!

When we talk about ‘Mummy Tummy’ we are talking about that stubborn paunch that remains after birth. It is most common during the first year postpartum, but can last for years. This ‘paunch’ is most often caused by weakness in specific core muscles, but it is often mistaken for ‘baby weight’ that won’t go away, no matter how hard you try.

Diastasis Recti = Mummy Tummy

Fixing this Mummy Tummy is much more than just how you look on the outside (although it will flatten the paunch), its about how you feel on the inside. This weakness in the core can cause separation of the rectus abdominis muscles (your six pack), also known as diastasis recti. Diastasis can cause a whole host of other issues such as back pain, weakened pelvic floor, incontinence (peeing a bit when we sneeze!), and hernia. Yikes!

The picture below is a great example of Mummy Tummy. This wonderful woman was 8 months postpartum when she took this photo, it is very clear that there is not much weight left for her to lose but the weakened core created a paunch. Once she closed the separation and strengthened her core, the paunch completely disappeared.


Is it common? You bet! We have a whole support group on Facebook dedicated to it. Can it be prevented in pregnancy and fixed postpartum? Another big YES!

Our ‘Mummy Tummy Tune Up’ program is by far our most popular online program because it is full of the information you need to say bye bye to mummy tummy for good, or even better, prevent it.

An amazing offer for you!

We normally offer this program for $49, and it is worth every bit, but we want to extend a limited time offer that will make this program more accessible to our community. It is important to us that this information gets out there, not only for vanity reasons, but because having a strong core is important for our overall health. It’s going to make life easier as you take on the challenging task of raising active babies!


All you have to do is use the code mummytummydeal on checkout to claim your deal, we will make it available until the end of January!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns you can contact us anytime,  we are always here to answer your questions. We look forward to hearing what you think about the program, you are going to love it!

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  1. Heather Lynne | 21st Jan 15

    What I want to know is if it’s too late if you’re no longer in that “post partum” stage (as in… 6 years post partum 😉

    • Erica | 21st Jan 15

      Pop over to my Facebook page. Natasha can help you out there 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  2. Little Miss Kate | 21st Jan 15

    After 3 kids I am sure I have “mummy tummy”! I need to make time to get back into an excercise routine to get rid of it.

    • Erica | 21st Jan 15

      3 beautiful little monkey’s 🙂

  3. Randa @ TBK | 21st Jan 15

    I never knew Mummy Tummy was referred to diactis rectis, I thought it was the extra skin that can sometimes happy. Good to know!

    This sounds like such a great program.

    PS – LOVE the new look. Congrats on the move to WP.

    • Erica | 21st Jan 15

      Yep! Interesting isn’t it.

      • Erica | 21st Jan 15

        PS: Thanks Randa. I’m still playing around with it 🙂

  4. Amanda | 21st Jan 15

    I NEED this desperately! After my first it was bad after my second it’s worse and it seems to be the BIGGEST thing that detours me when I am working out.

    • Erica | 25th Jan 15

      The online fb group is supportive and awesome. Come join!

  5. Jenn | 21st Jan 15

    GAH! the mommy tummy pouch is the worst!! I had my rectus adominal muscles split (up and down the center) as well as my left to right thanks to a c-sec. My tummy sucks! lol

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