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Anna’s diastasis sadly worsened when she gave birth to her second child, Mattie

Now, with the help of further physio – which she has once every six weeks – Anna is improving.

And, while she says there is no quick fix for what her body has been through, she can run again in short stints without leaking or feeling heaviness.

Now, she is speaking out to help teach other women about post-natal health, and encourage them to give their bodies a chance to heal.

“It’s been a long road, but I’m slowly coming out the other side,” she said.

“Every mum will have their own pregnancy journey, but it’s all about doing what’s best for you.

“There’s a lot of pressure to get back out there, but many of these mother-and-baby fitness classes encourage exercises that are completely inappropriate.

"With me, the symptoms were always there, but the classes I did certainly didn’t help.

“You only get one body, and after something as major as giving birth, you’ve got to be kind to it.”

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Affiliations Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States of America, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States of America, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States of America

ORCID http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3453-2369