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39 weeks pregnant and worried about split tummy muscles!

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madbet Thu 02-Jun-11 21:16:08

about to have dd3 and tummy muscles in a bad way! Split completely! Have massive stomach that makes people gasp wen I go out in public! But no weight gain elsewhere! Worried sick about state of my stomach after giving birth - anyone else with same problem?

harrygracejessica Thu 02-Jun-11 21:58:40

I've just had my second set of twins and was huge with excess fluid in one too and my muscles are shot to pieces!!!! I'm going to watch this thread with interest as need to go to the dice with mine and see what they say.

madbet Thu 02-Jun-11 22:01:17

Thanks for sharing your experience -let's hope we get some good advice x

sydneysuze Thu 02-Jun-11 22:25:28

Hi - I had this with my DD (first child) and had physio after my 6 week check which helped. I actually split mine right after the birth more by leaning/twisting/lifting my baby to breastfeed so take a lot of care after you give birth too. Also keep up your pelvic floor exercises as this will help and get some pilates training. Try not to use your tummy to get up from lying down, roll onto your side and use your arm to raise up.

I'm now pg again and am sure my abs will be split again - it took about 6 months for mine to go back to normal last time.

Fingers crossed for all of our tummies eh?

Eskarina Thu 02-Jun-11 22:39:53

Mine are separated a long way already and I'm only 29 weeks. Mentioned it to the mw at the checkup last week and she just said rather cheerfully that I'd have to be extra vigilant about doing exercises after birth, but to be careful beforehand.
Not liking the sound of 6 months to get them to go back to normal!

madbet Thu 02-Jun-11 22:42:04

Thanks for advice I had physio after dd1 and dd2 but wasn't as successful in my case also had it during pregnancy this time but they still split badly -think surgery probably my only option this time x

DreamingOfABump Fri 03-Jun-11 16:42:13

most women do fine with exercises. You should be able to see a physio who specialises in maternity after your baby is born. Speak to your midwife

PrincessScrumpy Fri 03-Jun-11 16:45:32

how do you know if they've split? I've heard about it but not sure what the signs are. My muscles are pretty rubbish on my tummy anyway but I'm 24w pg with twins so maybe it's something I should watch for.

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