Abdomen muscles separation after pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful period of nine months where a life is growing inside your body, during this whole process of nine months your body goes through several changes. From food craving, mood swings, nausea, back pain, hair growth, skin color changes and one of the main changes of all is Abdomen separation. This is a natural process where your abdomen muscles expands and make space for giving space to the growing uterus and let your baby grow in the uterus. This abdomen separation is also known as DIASTASIS RECTI, normally abdomen muscles get it back to normal position after baby, but in some cases gap remains and can be seen as a bulge in front.

I really hope to know this information before my pregnancy, so that I might have taken proper measures to avoid chances of getting Diastasis Recti. But came to know about this when I started exercise and yoga after few months of delivery. So I felt like sharing this with all my friends who are planning/going to be new moms and one who have their little ones too.

What is Diastasis Recti?

Abdomen muscles separation during pregnancy is technically known as Diastasis Recti, during pregnancy as baby grows in uterus it puts pressure on abdomen muscles. Due to pregnancy hormones connective tissues are relax and soft, so the abdomen muscles separates without and damage or tearing and allow space for the growing uterus. Abdomen separation of muscles starts from third month of pregnancy and at times after delivery too, when the abdomen walls are weak and baby is also not there to support the abdomen muscles.

Symptoms of Diastasis Recti after pregnancy

  • You can experience lower back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unable to control urine leakage during sneezing or coughing
  • Protruding pregnancy like belly after pregnancy

Factors that can cause abdomen separation more

  • Being overweight before or during pregnancy
  • Poor postures while siting, standing, walking, carrying weight and even while sleeping during and after pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy with multiple twins
  • Getting pregnant soon after first baby
  • Not doing proper exercise

How to know you have Diastasis Recti?

  • You can contact your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms
  • If you want to check at home then click here .
  • Lie down on the floor folding your knees at 45 degree  and back and feet relaxed on floor. Now you have to check from ribs to pubic bones. Now stuck your chin to your chest and try placing your finger from rib bones to pubic bones. Step by step, you can feel gap of one,two or three and more fingers. It would feel soft at that place, if you cannot feel the gap, relax and try again after some time.
  • If the gap is less it can be cured with some regular home exercise, if the gap is more you need to check doctor for proper way to cure.

Can it be cured?

  • Yes it can be taken care with proper exercise routine as suggested by doctor.
  • Maintaining good posture before and after pregnancy.
  • Trying to maintain normal weight and taking healthy diet.
  • If you have Diastasis Recti from first pregnancy, try to recover with doctor help before planning next baby.
  • Sharing some exercise, I am following Click here.

I hope this information would be really helpful for all moms and can help getting your body back in shape.

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44 thoughts on “Abdomen muscles separation after pregnancy”

  1. This information came across as completely new to me. I wish people talked more about it. Your post will sure serve as extremely helpful for women out here. Can’t emphasize enough on the significance of good posture throughout our waking time.

  2. I never have read post about abdomen muscles separated after pregnancy, I thought it is natural process after c-section it is impossible to get back in shape. I will read all the related post to know more

  3. Thanks for sharing the information post unfortunately many people in India consider it to a small bump which happens post pregnancy. Thanks for sharing the workout

  4. I think every Mom to be should be made aware of this. So many of us don’t know what to do of the bulge that appears after delivery. After 6 weeks of delivery, my gynae told me to start exercising. Not many mothers know when is the right time to start.

  5. I had no idea that there was even a situation like this. Most moms suffer from some of these symptoms but don’t know what its called. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This is actually one of the most informative post I read today ..Thanks a lot for sharing this piece of knowledge!!

  7. That’s a very informativeand helpful post for new moms. Will share this post with my friend who recently delivered baby.

  8. Abdominal muscle separation is quite a common issue which women are generally not aware of. It can be treated. Thanks for providing so much information about this issue.

  9. Had no idea about abdomen separation. It’s so important to spread awareness about this! In any case, the importance of good posture can not be overstated. It’s significant otherwise too but all the more important during pregnancy.

  10. That’s quite and informative post, I never knew about abdomen muscle separation after child birth. Overweight is a big issue and helathy life along with exercise seems the best choice.

  11. Had absolutely no clue something like this exists medically. A big abdomen after pregnancy is taken as such a natural thing. Good to know it can be cured. I do wish more doctors educate the women who consult them.

  12. I had no idea about this! A very helpful post and a simple way to check and understand if you are suffering from Diastasis Recti

  13. This is a great post. Women ignore themselves post birth and consider their back pain as a side effect of birthing. They hardly get themselves diagnosed. I hope this reaches to a lot of moms.

  14. This is such useful information for pregnant and new moms. I also came to know about Diastasis Recti only after 6 months after my baby was born and my doc suggested some exercises to cure it. I didn’t go for next check up and I totally forgot about it later. Now, will check this again and continue my exercises.

  15. Women are more susceptible to develop diastasis recti when over the age of 35, high birth weight of child, multiple birth pregnancy, and multiple pregnancies. Additional causes can be attributed to excessive abdominal exercises after the first trimester of pregnancy. Your post would be help to many.

  16. What a wonderful article, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as I had never heard about it before and it caught my attention instantly. I would love to share around for ppl to get aware of it.

  17. i know a friend who had diastis rectii and what started as a joke about her flabby tummy turned to a nightmare for her when she found out she had this issue. but luckily she found out in time and started working on it. your tips for doing a self check are very useful

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