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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 12:12 PM   1
JaniceT
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Separated Stomach Muscles


I had always wondered why my tummy points sharply when I do light tummy crunches. Today at our prenatal class, the physiotherapist explained about separated stomach muscles very briefly and I think I have that.

Does anyone have the same? I read that it can make backaches worst and stomach won't get back to being toned even with exercise? What can I do to help the muscles grow back together?



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 12:14 PM   2
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I've read that if its your first, generally the tummy muscles nip back together naturally after birth. they stay slightly separated after your second + pregnancy(ies)
(correct me if i'm wrong anyone )



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 12:19 PM   3
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Hi JaniceT, I am a weightlifter who worked out before, during, & after my pregnancy.

You need to wait until your post-partum checkup before doing any abdominal work. There's abdominal muscles that separate as your uterus expands but then there's also a condition called diastasis recti which is more damaging, that can occur. Your doctor will be able to diagnose it at this checkup. If you do not have diastasis recti, then you can slowly return to moderate abdominal work (I don't do any myself personally the first 6 months), but if you have diastasis recti then doing abdominal work can cause some damage. A sports therapist can assist in helping you if that is diagnosed.



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 12:19 PM   4
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i found this - hope its of use

http://pregnancyandbaby.sheknows.com...x-this-302.htm



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 12:23 PM   5
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Yep - I have this (physio saw it like you said - a slight point to my stomach when I sit up) - don't panic They will go back - yes...it can make movement painful during pregnancy, but my physio said it won't be an issue as long as I exercise after our LO is born very carefully. Hubby is on a warning to not let me go hell for leather!

I do a lot of sport so this means not attacking a fitness workout but carefully planning a slow and sensible training schedule. No stomach crunches and situps for example.

I'm already looking into what I will be able to do after she's born and have plans for post natal yoga and buggy walks. And physio will continue for a while after too.



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 12:25 PM   6
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I have a separated stomach muscle and a hernia this PG... Not going to know how bad it is until after delivery and won't know more until my 6 week pp appointment if anything more needs to be done. Hope I don't need surgery for the hernia!



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 12:30 PM   7
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Thank you, ladies. I just read the link and checked below my belly button. Yes there is a soft spot and about a 1 finger gap.

Also yes, it's sometimes been painful carrying LO inside. I guess gentle swimming is OK for now and no more other exercises.

My physiotherapist said that after delivery, te way to check if my body is ready to exercise was easy to test. She said, have a full bladder and jump up and down. If pee still leaks, then my pelvic muscles are too weak and will need to wait.



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 12:33 PM   8
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i think i have it but never been worried about it.just thought it looked weird and was normal.never thought it could be a problem :S



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 13:35 PM   9
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If I essentially do a crunch (lifting my head and shoulder to try to get out of bed), the sides of my abs are hard but the middle part is soft. I guess it's slightly like a sharp hill in the middle. Does this mean I have this?

This doesn't happen to all of us?



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 13:41 PM   10
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My tummy does this too - creates a column sticking up along the middle when I use my abs (just to sit etc). It looks odd but it doesn't hurt so I hadn't thought much about it. That's useful link though for after we've given birth.

And, off thread, Janice you're looking amazing in your pic! Hope you're well xxx



 
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