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Monday, January 13, 2014

Post-natal Massage: Helping to Restore Your Flatter Tummy

Most women who have had their first child are very disappointed with the speed at which their stomach returns to normal. In a normal situation, the stomach starts to flatten in a couple of weeks, and becomes more or less normal in a few months or more. I say more or less because without certain interventions, the tummy will not return to completely normal.

The interventions that I am mentioning specifically relates to reconditioning of the rectus abdominis so that it joins together again. Most women are not aware that the main muscle in the center of the stomach, the rectus abdominis, actually splits in half during pregnancy. If it did not split in half, it would become stretched and distended, thus becoming non-functional after the baby was born. Instead, our intelligent bodies preserve the form of the rectus abdominis by splitting it right in half down the middle, and sending half to one side of the body and the other half to the other side of the body.

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