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!
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