In "What to Expect When You're Expecting" after birth of baby, it advises to close the gap in your vertical ab muscles before going back to a strenuous routine. My questions are:
1) checking for the gap: I think this is going to be pretty easy to tell? Just palpating my abs to see if there is a gap (soft spot) in the middle of my belly?
2) the description for the work-out to close this gap is:
"While on your back ("the basic position") inhale, cross your hands over your abdomen, using your fingers to draw the sides of your ab muscles together as you breathe out, pulling your belly button inward toward the spine while raising your head slowly. Exhale as you lower your head."
I've translated this to: Inhale, raise head (so abs are clenched), massage abs inward as you exhale and lower head.
Is that right? Does anybody have recommendations for other "closing the gap" exercises?
3) I had a pretty strong core before pregnancy, what if I can't detect a gap? Should I just do some "closing" exercises just to be sure? Should I see a sports doctor to verify?
Thanks for the feedback!