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How long are these separated abs going to last?

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I just had my 3rd baby back in October, I've had three homebirths. All of my babies have been born between 40-41.5 weeks. I have really noticed this time that my abdominal muscles are quite a bit more separated than I have ever remembered from the postpartum after my last pregnancies.

When I am "relaxed" the space is a little larger than 4 fingers wide...(maybe 3 inches) when I do a crunch, the space decreases substantially when the muscle is contracted (perhaps down to 3/4-1 inch).

I am about 5 1/2 months post partum, at this point my stomach is still looking like I am a 3-4 months pregnant to me. Not that I would expect it to go back to what I was prior to pregnancy
. It does seem about twice as bad as my last pregnancy, so I am wondering if this gets progressively worse each time?

The last time I saw my midwife was at 4 weeks (so it's not like I had a lot of expectations for a flatter stomach at that point anyhow).

Any thoughts on ab separation and what I might do to help return closer to normal? For a long time they actually were sore. They still ache sometimes.
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You should check out the book "Lose Your Mummy Tummy" by Julie Tupler

It's about this subject exactly, and how to rectify it.

Aha! After reading that I am starting to think my back pain might have something to do with that as well.

I wish I had found this out after #1....for my second I started out with my abs so separated that with #2 I got awful stretch marks above my belly button (lovely area
). Anyhow, if I fix my abs chances are though I will be left with some really nasty looking wrinkly skin.
Though, I would rather be strong and functional.
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