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Diastasis recti (DR)
is when the muscles in your abdomen move apart. It is a common condition during pregnancy and after delivery.
Common symptoms include the following:
- A lump in the middle of your abdomen that gets bigger when you cough, sneeze, or sit up
- Pain in the abdomen, pelvis, or back
- Problems controlling your urine or bowel movements
Seek care immediately if:
- You have severe pain in your abdomen or pelvis.
- You have a sudden increase in the size of the bulge that cannot be pushed back in.
- You vomit blood.
- You have black bowel movements or blood in your bowel movements.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- You have trouble controlling your urine or bowel movements.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
may not be needed. Physical therapy can help strengthen your abdominal muscles. Rarely, surgery is needed to repair the muscles. You may need the following:
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
- Do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds. This can make your symptoms worse.
- Do abdominal exercises as directed. Abdominal exercises can help strengthen your muscles and decrease symptoms. If you are a woman, do not do abdominal exercises for at least 2 weeks after you deliver.
- Wear a binder as directed. A binder can help support your muscles and decrease pain. Ask your healthcare provider where to buy a binder.
- Maintain a healthy weight. This may help prevent your DR from getting worse. Ask your healthcare provider how much you should weigh. Ask him to help you create a weight loss plan if you are overweight.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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