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Abdominal separation during pregnancy

Mr Shadi Ghali, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon | June 2017

What is it?  Abdominal separation is caused by 'looseness' or laxity of the midline linea alba, a fibrous structure that separates the six-pack rectus abdominus muscles. It causes separation of this pair of muscles, called 'rectus muscle divarication'. Although many women with it don't suffer any symptoms, some may experience feelings of bloating, lower back pain and loss of core strength. Following childbirth, many women describe a lack of confidence with the appearance of their lower abdomen and the inability, in-spite of intensive training and coaching, to return to their pre-preg...

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