You've probably heard of the term Abdominal Separation before but what does it really mean and what can we do about it?
It's not as scary as it sounds...
It's actually not a split of the abdominal muscles but rather a stretching and thinning of the connective tissue called your Linea Alba.
Between eighteen to thirty weeks pregnant, there is a significant stretching of the connective tissue between the abdominals...
Your body is amazing and the stretching of connective tissue allows your body to constantly adapt as the baby grows throughout pregnancy. Stretching of this tissue happens above, below and inline with the belly button at varying degrees.
What does it look like?
During pregnancy it looks like a doming or a ridge in the middle of the stomach, and can often be seen when using or flexing your trunk i.e. getting out of bed or bending down to pick something off the floor. As a new mum it can feel like a noticeable gap down the midline of your stomach at rest or a doming of your abdominals when flexing your trunk.
Factors that contribute towards Abdominal Separation include:
Here are our top Do's and Don'ts when it comes to Abdominal Separation...
We do recommend:
We don't recommend:
Whether you are pregnant or you are a new mum, we can help you enjoy a safe return to exercise with our Personal Training, Group Sessions and Online classes. If you are looking for a Women's Health Physio to assess your Abdominal Separation or other women's health concerns, Janette O'Toole from Better Health Physiotherapy can help!
Mummas On The Move
Introducing The Rehab Series to our Move Online portal
Does anyone else have a sore neck? It may have started as a niggle here and there but now that your eight weeks deep into mum life, it's an overwhelming achey feeling that you can't shake. Well don't worry, I've got you. You see, most online exercise videos that are out there at the moment don't address the underlying problems that most mums tackle. Sure they might get you moving or help you shift some post baby weight, but what about actually addressing the physical aches and pains that you face on a day to day basis?
And that's where I step in! I've designed a series of videos called The Rehab Series on our Move Online Portal which break down how to overcome common physical issues that new mums experience. Over the next few weeks, these videos will be released on our Online Portal.
If you enjoyed this video and you want more, you can register for a one week free trial, just click the button below to create a free account and register for your free trial. We also have some awesome workouts specifically designed to strengthen and tone your body as a new and expecting mum.
The only pain in the neck you'll have now is trying to source nappies and toilet paper during the current lockdown!
Looking forward to moving with you soon!