WOMEN OF ALL AGES: WANT TO KNOW WHY YOU STILL LOOK PREGNANT POSTPARTUM?
We know pregnancy is one of the most common causes of diastasis. But it’s more than just the expanding belly that make the recti muscles come apart.
Relaxin, a hormone that is produced in the placenta, also plays key a role here. As its name suggest, relaxin is the hormone responsible for the whole “loosey-goosey” feeling your body gets during pregnancy, giving it the ability to accommodate a baby living inside you and all the blood volume it takes to accommodate that. Everything relaxes, softens and expands, from the pelvis to the intrauterine ligaments to the arteries…right down to the linea alba.
While the relaxin-effect is good for a lot of things—namely for getting comfortable with a baby using your body as living quarters and for getting that baby out of those quarters—there are some drawbacks. As your joints loosen up and ankles become wobbly, clumsiness often peaks, and you have to be especially careful to avoid falls. But it’s the connective tissue we really need to focus on. For starters, pregnant women become even more prone to backaches due to the lack of firm abdominal support. Adding to that equation, not only do you now have a fetus pressing on your connective tissue from within, stretching it out, but the connective tissue itself suddenly takes on a new elasticity it never had before.
If you happen to already have a diastasis, it’s going to get bigger with each pregnancy. Oy.
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