While we all get delighted at the sight of a growing baby bump, it’s never quite as delightful to see that post-baby bump overstay its welcome. If you’ve had kids, and your stomach seems to be the one lingering reminder of your pregnancy, science and medicine can both explain and correct the problem.
The Science Behind the Bulge
During pregnancy, the growing uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen. This can cause a condition called diastasis recti or diastasis recti abdominis, in which the two large parallel bands of muscles that meet in the middle of the abdomen separate. Diastasis recti might cause a bulge in the middle of the abdomen where the two muscles separate. The condition might be noticeable only when the abdominal muscles are tense.
This happens usually in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. While the muscle separation often lessens in the months after childbirth, some amount of separation might remain. In addition to noticeable changes in your abdomen, diastasis recti can actually weaken the muscles, causing lower back pain and difficulty performing some daily tasks.
Where Medicine Comes In
Talk with your doctor if you think you have this condition. Specific exercises after childbirth can strengthen the muscles and correct the problem. If abdominal muscle weakness is interfering with your daily activities, you may need surgery. If you’re bothered by the bulge in your abdomen, you might also consider surgery for cosmetic reasons. If your abs haven’t returned to normal since your baby, talk with your surgeon at Premier Image about cosmetic procedures designed to get rid of excess fat, skin, and problems resulting from diastasis recti.