After having a baby your stomach muscles should get back to normal in a few weeks. For a few new mothers the muscles have trouble healing, and this is known as a muscle divarication. It happens when the muscles have split to give the baby space to grow, and after birth the two sides don’t heal back together again. Physiotherapy can be used to help the muscles heal. If this doesn’t work then surgery will be required to stitch the muscles back together again. Though most commonly found in recently pregnant women, divarication may be found in anyone who may have suffered muscle damage from trauma, surgery or obesity.
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