If you ever stopped to think about what a mama-to-be's midsection goes through during pregnancy, you'd be amazed. Stretching to house something the size of a watermelon and then returning to its original state is no easy feat. While some of us bare stretch marks, others are forced to deal with more serious matters, like diastasis recti, or what is commonly referred to as a "mummy tummy." Women with this condition often refer to themselves as looking three to six months pregnant at any given time.
According to A.D.A.M.:
Diastasis recti is a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface of the belly area. In pregnant women, increased tension on the abdominal wall may lead to diastasis recti. Multiple births or repeated pregnancies increase the risk. A diastasis recti looks like a ridge, which runs down the middle of the belly area. It stretches from the bottom of the breastbone to the belly button, and increases with muscle straining. Diastasis recti is commonly seen in women who have multiple pregnancies, because the muscles have been stretched many times. Extra skin and soft tissue in the front of the abdominal wall may be the only signs of this condition in early pregnancy. In the later part of pregnancy, the top of the pregnant uterus is often seen bulging out of the abdominal wall. An outline of parts of the unborn baby may be seen in some severe cases.
While there are a number of postpartum abdominal exercises recommended for women suffering from the condition, often the only permanent solution is surgical repair following a woman's final pregnancy.
Did you experience diastasis recti and what (if anything) did you do to resolve the issue?