Abdominal separation

Melony - posted on 11/14/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Has anybody experienced abdominal separation after a cesarean section, where the abdominal muscles split down the center and you still look pregnant after birth?

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User - posted on 11/17/2008

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oh, what you hv is within normal range. don't worry... you're not a bad case. again just work the pelvic floor with kegels exercises, work the transverse abs, then depending on how diligent you are, results will show itself. =-)

Melony - posted on 11/17/2008

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Mine is 3-4 finger width and everybody keeps asking me if I am preggo. My clothes don't fit right anymore. I am so devestated by this, and it was my first baby.

User - posted on 11/17/2008

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just how bad is bad? we usu. measure by finger-width. four finger width is normal post-birth, maybe worse if you've had several children without working your core muscles. i work with pregnant women and help them regain their bodies post-birth, and all it takes is about 10 minutes a day, every day, and you'll see results in a few months. hard work, but muscles can be retrained. consistency and persistency is key. good luck! =-) if you like, you can order julie tupler dvd.

Melony - posted on 11/16/2008

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Thanks for the information, because my diastasis recti is really bad. I work in an operating room with surgeons, and they keep telling me that surgery is the only way to fix it. As you can imagine that was very discouraging! I do want to try exercise before I have a drastic surgery procedure.

User - posted on 11/15/2008

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yes, it's called diastasis. has not much to do with c-sections or vaginal birth, more with how you handled your body during pregnancy, as it happens as pregnancy progresses. it's very common, and very impt. to pull your rectus abdominus back. to do this, you first work your transverse abs and your pelvic floor. after those are toned, then you gradually work your obliques - internal and external - BEFORE moving to rectus abdominus work. DO NOT work your recs without getting the other abs back on track, for you will only worsen the diastasis. you can do a quick search online and there are various transverse abs exercises that are real easy to do. else pick a pilates class closely. you can also check out julie tupler - maternal fitness for more info. good luck! =-)

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I had that and I gave birth vaginally. It is strange! It takes a while for it to return to normal...as does EVERYTHING with your body after pregnancy!

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