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Why do abdominal muscles separate?

Some people suffer from separated abdominal muscles, which can cause both health discomforts as well as aesthetic troubles. This is why it happens.

Rectus diastasis is the medical term for separated abdominal muscles, i.e. when the space between the right and the left stomach muscles widen. Rectus diastasis occurs when this space is becoming more than three centimeters, about two fingers wide.

The organs lose their support

When the stomach muscles separate, the internal organs such as the bowels and uterus, are only held in place by an attenuated band of connective tissue. This tissue is usually firm, but might be diluted and stretched when the stomach muscles pull apart. Because of this, the organs lose their support from the muscles and can cause a “pooch” in the tummy by falling forward. Another way of keeping your abdominal muscles firm is by working with a personal fitness instructor.

Pregnancy and weight gain are the most common reasons

Rectus diastasis happens when the belly is growing from the inside – often caused by pregnancy or a heavy gain of weight, for example. The condition is most common when the tummy expands in a fast pace, and the more the tummy grows, the more the stomach muscles are affected. Rectus diastasis can also happen after other kind of tummy surgery that could cause diluted muscles.

After childbirth or weight loss, it is common for the stomach muscles to not be able to restore themselves all the way, and the skin on the belly will have difficulties contracting on its own. This is why excess skin also is a common issue directly connected to separated abdominal muscles. Find out more about what discomforts separated abdominal muscles or excess skin can cause here.

Suffering from separated stomach muscles? Download our guide How to restore separated stomach muscles and remove excess skin to find out more about what can be done. You can also contact us and we’ll see how we can help with any problem.


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