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Many women complain of being left with a 'flabby' belly after giving birth. Some of them go away in a few months, and they manage to regain their figure. But others, on the other hand, have more problems. Every time they eat something, they feel the gut swell again. Why is this happening? It is the so-called diastasis recti. We explain what it is and how to end the problem.
Diastasis recti is the separation of the rectus muscles of the abdomen (the 'chocolates', to understand us better) as a consequence of damage to the connective tissue (linea alba) that holds them together, and to the midline of the body. Anyone is susceptible to suffering from this functional and aesthetic problem regardless of age, gender, whether you regularly do sports or are sedentary.
However, pregnancy is an important risk factor for women, increasing the chances of suffering a diastasis, since the rectums separate to give space to the uterus and the growing baby (multiple pregnancies are at greater risk); and hormones like relaxin, collagen or estrogens that alter the composition of collagen, causing muscles to weaken.
It is estimated that 66% of pregnant women have diastasis in the third trimester, and that 2 out of 3 women who have had two or more children continue with it after childbirth.
Most often, a woman complains of having a gut as if she were still 5 months pregnant, despite diet and exercise.
In addition, this defect in the closure of the anterior part of the abdomen, leads to functional problems such as heavy digestion, gas, constipation, low back pain, and pelvic floor problems.
Various instruments can be used to measure, from an ultrasound to a calipper, but palpation is the easy and simple way to know if there is a diastasis problem:
- Lie on your back, place your fingers on the midline of the body, you can try above the navel and below, then raise your head like doing a classic abdominal, if a hole is made under your fingers that may or may not be pushed by visceral content or you directly notice a groove between the two muscle groups, then it is very likely that you have diastasis.
There are specific programs to treat diastasis, which are very effective as long as there is evidence on the part of the woman.
The use of a specific girdle to solve the problem of diastasis is spreading in a generalized way. However, it is essential to emphasize the importance of individualizing the diagnosis and prescribing it. It is essential to evaluate each case, because each woman is unique, and try to adjust the treatment to each one of them, with specific exercises.
The essential thing is a correct diagnosis by health professionals, and then go to programs to solve this problem, achieve a reduction in the contour of the abdomen and above all reduce the discomfort that accompanies it, such as back pain, pelvic floor problems ... .
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