My Abs are so Sore - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 2 Old 11-27-2010, 03:47 PM - Thread Starter
First Time Mama's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 360
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

 So I have been noticing lately that my abs (or at least I think that's what it is lol!) feel really very sore. Almost constantly. I am thinking that maybe I have that (sorry can't think of the name) thing where the recti abdominis muscles separate, but I don't know, I didn't have that in my first pregnancy. Maybe it is from holding and lifting DS. I try not to too much, but have been holding and lifting him some. But I would think the soreness would go away if that was it. Anyone else feel this? If I do have the separating abdominal muscles what can I do about it? Just wait til after the birth and exercise them back into shape?

Maria, wife to DH, mama to DS 09/2007, #2 12/2010 and hoping for a
First Time Mama is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 2 Old 11-29-2010, 04:54 PM
nova22's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Filibustering Vigilantly
Posts: 4,906
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

If your muscles are separating (and I think the word you're looking for is diastasis) you should wait until you're at least 6 weeks postpartum before you try to do anything about it. I was told very emphatically by my midwife and doula not to start too early and it was hard. I felt like I was ready to do at least a little bit of exercise but I'm glad I waited, because I still found myself getting worn out and sore from simple errands and housework. 


When you are ready to start doing the exercise, you simply tighten your abdominal muscles as if you're trying to pull your belly button back towards your tailbone/spine. Hold for 5-10 seconds, release for 5-10 seconds, repeat. It helped me a lot. You can check the gap between your muscles by laying on your back and doing a partial sit-up; if you put your fingers on your abdomen a little below your rib cage, you can usually feel the gap and measure it in finger-widths. Mine was about 4 fingers wide and I got it down to 1 before getting pregnant again (my pregnancies are pretty closely spaced, I don't know if I could have closed the diastasis completely with this exercise).


As for your current problem, I really don't know! I haven't experienced any actual pain with diastasis but I'd think that if you're lifting your son a lot, it could be causing a pain like that, especially if you're doing it on a daily basis. I hope you can find some relief!

DH & Me + DS(7)  DD(6)  DD(4)  DS(3)  DD(1)  
Baby #6: 20****25****30****35**heartbeat.gif** - EDD December 17, 2010
nova22 is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 16,436

32 members and 16,404 guests
BBardott , christine.l2017 , Deborah , emmy526 , gizzypeach , healthy momma , katelove , Katherine73 , kathymuggle , Kelleybug , kingtravel , Lea Martin , lhargrave89 , lisak1234 , Lucee , Lydia08 , manyhatsmom , MarylandMommy , MDoc , Michele123 , Mirzam , MountainMamaGC , rebekah7 , rightkindofme , RollerCoasterMama , shantimama , Springshowers
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.