There’s also an increased risk of abdominal hernia in extreme cases, or it can lead to pelvic floor dysfunction.
It’s impossible for diastasis recti to go away on its own. However, there are ways to improve the abdominal muscles. Short of having surgical repair, there are some conservative methods mothers can try beforehand.
What can you do about a hanging belly after pregnancy?
Here are some things that mothers can do in order to help with a hanging belly after pregnancy:
One of the more effective ways to deal with diastasis recti is to exercise. Since the muscles have become weak, exercise is the best way to improve their strength and get them back to normal.
The previous belief was that doing any abdominal exercise only made diastasis recti worse. However, if done properly, some abdominal exercises can be very effective in strengthening and toning the abdomen to address the diastasis recti. Note that it is important to be cautious of just any program to strengthen the abdominal muscles as some may even make it worse.Some examples of recognized programs are MUTU System or Tupler Technique.
When doing abdominal exercises, make sure to activate your deep abdominal muscles, and not your back. It is important to avoid intense core abdominal exercises such as abdominal crunches and heavy resistance exercises. It’s also important to avoid lifting heavy weights. Modifying daily activities to prevent additional strain is encouraged.Practice deep breathing
Deep breathing exercises can also help strengthen your abdomen. This is because deep breathing uses your abdominal muscles and your diaphragm.