Who’s At Risk for Separated Stomach Muscles?

Every pregnant woman is at risk for developing separated abdominal muscles during pregnancy. However, some women are more at risk for developing this condition.

The condition appears to have some type of genetic link, so if your mother or sister suffered from separated muscles, your risk also increases.

Other risk factors include:

  • previous pregnancy causing separated muscles
  • multiple pregnancy
  • being overweight or obese

Symptoms of Separated Muscles

Separation of the abdominal muscles is typically painless but there are a few symptoms that will help you to identify the condition.

These include:

  • a gap or space just below your navel
  • a bump or ridge running from your breastbone down to your navel

Complications Associated with Separated Muscles

If you are suffering from separated muscles during pregnancy or in the postpartum period, it is important to take steps to encourage your muscles to reattach.

It is unlikely that these muscles will reattach on their own and they may actually continue to separate after you have given birth.

If left untreated, separated muscles can cause health complications, including:

  • Chronic lower back pain (due to the fact that the abdominal muscles help to support your back and spinal column)
  • Altered posture due to weak abdominal muscles (which in turn weakens your back muscles, leading to back pain)

Read on to learn more about how to check for separated muscles and how to treat separated muscles.



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