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#1 of 7 Old 07-07-2013, 10:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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It is now 8 months and while I am steadily losing weight, my abdomen still looks as though I am five months pregnant. The skin is not loose and it doesn't feel like fat. It feels very firm and solid. Starting just below my boobs. I hate this! What is it??? Why is my stomach hard?? No, I am not pregnant. Yes, I'm sure. It seems like it's worse later in the day. Also my previously innie belly button is still very outie.
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Bump. Anyone have a similar experience?
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Could it be that your abdominal muscles are separated? I heard that that can cause people to look like they're still pregnant, so it might be worth getting that checked out. If it is the case, there are exercises you can do to improve it.
 

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OP, you perfectly described me except I am almost 39 months post C-section # 2. It's called diastasis recti. Your abdominal muscles haven't come back together and your belly (internal organs, etc) is protruding because of it. I haven't done anything about it yet. However, I will be buying myself a 40th birthday present in the next few weeks... http://diastasisrehab.com/ along with a gym membership. I would advise you to google diastasis recti and learn about it. Check out that website too. I am hoping for a miracle to avoid future surgery. It sucks. I still wear some of my maternity t-shirts to try and hide it. I have been mistaken for being pregnant once or twice. I use to be a tiny little thing, but this belly I have makes it look the opposite. The thing that makes me mad though is that none of my doctors (pregnancy #1 and #2) told me about this. I definitely had it after pregnancy #1, but didn't realize it at that time. Then, got pregnant again and it got worse. Finally, after maybe a year after second kid I started doing my own research and figured out what was wrong. OB's don't know anything about this and they should.


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This is a very helpful website; http://www.befitmom.com/diastasis_recti.html as is this one; http://mutusystem.com/category/mutu-system-blog

I'm pregnant and have diastasis recti, so I've been looking into it a lot, and I found the above websites to be the most helpful.
 

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Oooh, I like the BeFit-Mom site. I didn't read all of it yet, but it sounds much more informative than the site I linked up thread. Thanks for sharing!!!


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I'd much rather buy just a dvd vs a splint, dvd, etc. Price difference is almost 60 bucks. For all the research and googling I did for this condition, I never came across this site. I like it much better.


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