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#1 of 7 Old 05-16-2007, 10:02 AM - Thread Starter
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Anyone worried about the seperation of the muscles on the right and left sides of their ab. I'm sure mine have begun to seperate and I can feel it a little. I know why it's happening, (aside from the obvious baby growing in my belly). I have not been super careful how i get up and down or how I pick up my son. And now I'm hoping I haven't done irreprable damage. I did not notice this seperation last pregnancy. Anyone have it but have a good healing of it after birth?

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i have separation down the middle of my abs.
it happened last time with ds and never went back together. this time it is widening much faster, and i'm a little scared that it will never go back together.
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is that what that pain is on either side of my belly?

i've been getting random soreness, like my muscles are just tired. i know nothing about my belly muscles... so i just assume it's a natural little growth spurt?

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I have a 4" seperation.

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I carried all out front with DD and as much as my abs are in shape and I even did loads of ab exercises prescribed pospartum... I have a lovely 1/2 inch gap there.
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I subbed to this thread to hear some happy endings. It seems to get worse with each pregnancy, earlier too. This is the earliest I have noticed such a gap.

Is anybody out there with a happy ending? pretty please?

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#7 of 7 Old 05-17-2007, 09:15 PM
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Right there with you, girls. My MWs told me that a modified crunch (where you lift ONLY your head off the floor) can help strengthen those abs for those of us experiencing this. I've also found that belly binders (I use just an ACE bandage) in the evening when the belly is tired and sore to really help. Also, make sure you are taking your Cal/Mg supplement.

Anyone else have any other suggestions?

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