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Ok, now, I know there's some muscle separation that naturally occurs in the uterine wall, although I forget what it's called.<br><br>
But this is my third pregnancy, and I've never noticed this before. In 3/4 profile, the belly looks like a butt in the navel region! There's a noticable "line" extending up and down from my belly button, that is further in than the belly parts on either side of it. Does this make sense?<br><br>
I'm assuming this is a normal variation, but it's weird!
 

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Yep, it's called a diastasis recti: <a href="http://www.onlinefit.com/articles/index.cfm/article/97" target="_blank">http://www.onlinefit.com/articles/index.cfm/article/97</a>
 

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do you recommend doing the exercises in that article?<br><br>
Thanks for the terminology, i'll google and see what else I can find out.
 

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Oh, but is this the same thing??? From what i've read about diastasis recti, it's the opposite, and the muscles pooch out. I know from that, since dd has a naval hernia as an infant. But, in my case, the muscles are further in, in the center, not popping out.
 

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when you're pregnant, they cave in and if you were lying on your back and lift your head up, it would bulge out a bit. It's the separation of the abdominal muscles. Does that sound like what you have?<br><br>
I don't recommend exercises until after the birth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Actually, I went and read up some more... yeah, it bulges if I'm laying and lift my head.<br><br>
I couldn't find very much info on it, though. I hate that, as I always want to know *everything* about anything. I'm guessing I should avoid strenuous ab stuff, not lifting heavy things, etc. And I thought I was in pretty good shape when I got pregnant!
 
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