You may have been shocked after the birth of your baby by the look of your belly. Besides the loose skin, you are also looking at loose abdominal muscles. Your muscles had to stretch and loosen up in order to accommodate your baby. Many women during their pregnancy experience a separation of the rectus abdominus (your “six pack”) called diastasis recti. This is the separation of the abdominal muscle at the linea alba (which is a fibrous band of connective tissue down middle of abdomen between the muscles). This can occur as your baby grows or may occur from sudden exertion. The softening effect of pregnancy hormones also allow the fibrous tissue to loosen and stretch. Women with abdominal muscle separation may have a weakness of the deeper abdominal muscles. This may contribute to lower back pain if the separation does not close after the birth. In order to regain the look of your “prenatal abs”, you need to regain your muscle strength and tone.
Diastasis Recti. To check for separation, lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Lift your head and shoulder blades...more