Recently, High School Musical Actress Ashley Tisdale shared her post-partum journey with diastasis recti. This is a condition in which rectus abdominis muscle or six pack muscle get stretched overtime usually due to pregnancy, weight fluctuation, heavy weight lifting.
Common signs and symptoms associated with diastasis recti include
- Bulging of the abdomen
- Weakness of abdominal muscle
- Softness, “floppiness” around belly button
- Difficulty with lifting, walking
- Pain during sex
- Pelvic or hip pain
- Lower back pain
- Poor posture
- Incontinence of urine with cough or sneeze
Depending on the severity of the separation, treatment can range from core strengthening exercises, non-invasive muscle tightening procedures, to surgically tightening the muscle with sutures as seen in some tummy tucks.
If you are experiencing symptoms or emotional distress due to diastasis recti, you should consult with a plastic surgeon to be evaluated and treated appropriately. The team at Napa Solano Plastic Surgery are available to setup a consultation request to talk with you about what you might need.