Hi Powerpuff! I am so glad I found this thread. I set up an account here just so I could reply to your post and ask you a few questions.
Your story about your diastasis recti sounds EXACTLY like mine. I had my daughter 7 years ago and had an "outie" belly button immediately after pregnancy and some ab muscle separation. Over the years as I have continued to work out and do my best to stay in shape, I have developed two hernias, one umbilical and another small one above the umbilical hernia. And, my diastasis recti has worsened so much that I now constantly have a "pooch" no matter how trim the rest of my body is.
I just met with a a general and plastic surgeon today and was presented with two options. The first option was for the general surgeon to do all the work and go in through a small incision just above my belly button to repair the hernias and sew up the gap from the diastasis recti. The other option was for the plastic surgeon to go in through my existing c-section scar where he could have better access to the entire gap in my abs and sew it up after the general surgeon performs the hernia repairs. He also explained that he would insert a large piece of mesh that would normally not be covered by insurance but will be in my case because of the hernias. The plastic surgeon said that if I just went with the small belly button incision route, my "pooch" would still be there and I would regret not going with the c-section scar.
It seems like you had to make the same decision that I am now faced with. It would be so great if you could share a little bit more information with me about how you made your decision and what your recovery was like. I saw your ADORABLE video with you working out with your kids and you are obviously in shape and value your fitness so it would be great to get your opinion. Most of the stories I read online are dealing with extremely overweight people having tummy tucks and I my situation is a bit different.
I am uploading a picture here so you can see my "pooch". The first picture was taken in the morning, but by the end of the day my pooch is much more pronounced and hard as a rock!
The second picture was taken at the end of the day. Was your situation similar? If it is not too forward to ask, do you have any before and after pics?
Again, thanks for reading this and for any advice you can share with me. I am so glad I found your post!