Overstretched Post-Pregnancy Tummy Muscles

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Both skin and muscles stretch during pregnancy, and often, they don’t return to their pre-baby shape. Many women complain that they’ve done seemingly endless sit-ups but just can’t get rid of their tummy. This is most commonly caused by a condition called diastasis.

Diastasis occurs when the vertical abdominal wall muscles stretch to the sides and don’t return to their pre-pregnancy position. This is most likely to happen after a second or third pregnancy, but it can also happen with excessive weight gain.

If your doctor believes you’re experiencing diastasis, he or she may recommend a tummy tuck, which can close this separation when exercise cannot.

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