Wow what happened to my stomach? It looks like it's split in half and not working. I feel bulging coming out when I stand up, it's flabby and it feels so weak! I feel horrible.
Does this sound like you?
It's very common after pregnancy, It's called Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) or abdominal separation. Where the tummy muscles have stretched and the fascia has separated leaving you feeling weak and flabby.
Here's what you can you do about it!
DRA: This is where the fascia (I like to think of it as a piece of glad wrap over the top and in between your muscles holding them all together) and connective tissue between your Rectus Abdominis (6 pack muscles) has stretched and weakened leaving a gap between your muscles.
Add in the skin over the top stretching and it looks and feels like a mess. Don't worry! It doesn't have to be this way.
So why is this a problem?
What NOT to do!
So what can you do about it?
So even though you might feel like there is nothing you can do, there certainly is. Start with pelvic floor exercises to reduce your abdominal separation, then build up your core muscles through our New Mum Recovery Program. Remember the best chance at closing your abdominal separation is within the 1st 8 weeks of having your baby using core exercises.
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I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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