What is abdominal separation?
Over your pregnancy, your abdominal muscles will stretch to accomodate your growing baby. The linear alba, which is the fascia that joins the rectus abdominus muscles together (six pack muscles), will stretch allowing space for the baby to grow. While exercising during your pregnancy, we recommend minimal use of the rectus abdominus, as it can increase the size of the separation. After you have delivered, the abdominal muscles have stretched and will be weak. It is important to re-strengthen these muscles in a safe way to prevent further injury.
Effects of abdominal separation:
- Back and/or pelvis pain
- Poor posture
- Increase risk of abdominal separation in future pregnancies • Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Cosmetic effects
Management of abdominal separation in Pregnancy:
- Strengthening your deep abdominal muscles before pregnancy or in the early stages of pregnancy
- Minimise any heavy lifting or excessive straining/ bracing on the abdominal muscles
- Use of support garment during daily activities or while exercising which one of our physiotherapists can individually prescribe to you
Book an appointment today with one of our Physiotherapists to get tailored advice to manage and prevent the significance of your tummy separation postpartum.