When I do a sort of sit up type movement - not sit up of course, but in the instances where I come up from laying to sitting the stomach muscles have to work. Because they've pulled apart, I'm getting a vertical bulge from bottom of middle rib joining bit down to my tummy button.
Obviously I'm trying to avoid it doing this bulge, but just wondering if it's normal - anyone else suffering with this - will the muscles go back to the middle after birth.
Prior to pregnancy I was always very active in the belly muscle region through pilates (keeping this up now but minus any stomach muscle activity) and boxercise - so used to get a whole load of work out on that region each week.
Just looks very very freaky and a friend has now alerted me to the fact that this may not be normal - although she like me has never had a child so both of us haven't a clue.
Any advice / reassurance would be appreciated! Thanks!!!!
I had the same thing, at least I think I did lol... when I would try and sit up some from lying down my stomach would stick out more in the middle and it looked as though it went quite a ways down towards the bottom of my stomach... I had it with both of my pregnancies to far and.... not with this one yet ( just checked lol) but I am only 21 weeks along. I do remember it though so I hope that helps some lol I think it's a normal thing
Yes, it is up down direction - not side to side - then I would be worried!!!
I've since found some further info and it is utterly normal - also spoke to pilates teacher.
The muscles undo like a zip so start to split nearest your tummy button them undo upwards. So long as the gap is not bigger than two fingers width it's ok. Mine looks more than that, but it's the blubber rising up to form the vertical 'peak'. If I push in with fingers I can feel only a fingers width.
So long as the top bit stays attached all is fine.
After the birth you can start to do sit ups with a exercise band around your back and crossed over at front, pulling muscles in. This will encourage them to go back a bit quicker.
It's where the vertical muscles of the abdomen begin to separate. As far as I know it's only a problem with certain exercises. That's what's in my book here. Haven't googled it though so might be worth a look.
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