It has been a while since your second birth and your tummy still feels uncomfortable and loose. Worse – it always bulges out. You have been trying to fix this with workouts, but you just cannot seem to pull your tummy muscles together. You start feeling desperate and despondent. You almost hate stepping out of your house nowadays.
In your desperation, you resorted to various types of exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles. However, there is no clear guide on how to return it to normal. Furthermore, after Googling, you realise that even researchers dispute over the right method. It seems that incorrect exercises like push-ups and sit-ups can push the muscles further outward and widen the gap which bulges your tummy even more. The only way to get it fixed is apparently a tummy tuck surgery. Is that really the case?
To treat the condition, it is important to first know what it is. Diastasis recti is a condition where your two largest vertical banks of muscles (the 6-pack) that meet in the centre of your tummy get pulled apart from their midline attachment junction/line known as the linea alba. This leaves a 2-finger gap between the banks. Diastasis recti can cause belly bulges, domes or cones. Even people with a flat tummy can have this gap in the middle of their abdomen.
The main cause of diastasis recti is pregnancy. During pregnancy, hormones relax the connective tissues to allow them to separate. The abdominal muscles stretch and thin, and separate from the connective tissues to make space for the growing baby. Hence, it is inevitable that diastasis recti will happen in all pregnancies. However, it is more likely for those who was pregnant with multiple children, or had been pregnant multiple times. Age and obesity can also cause the gap as well as intra-abdominal pressure during weightlifting. Hence, men are also vulnerable to this condition.
The question is: do we really need to have a tummy tuck to resolve this? Is there no easier way?