17 Ways To Prevent The ‘Mommy Pooch’ While Still Pregnant
Growing babies is hard work! The chances are good that nearly every woman struggles with self-image during pregnancy, some more so than others. A good many women gain more weight than theyâ€™d hoped, and all too many of us struggle to lose that weight after finally giving birth. And whatâ€™s worse is that even when you start getting close to your pre-baby weight, sometimes you discover that youâ€™re still a long ways from your pre-baby body. Case in point: the dreaded â€œmom pooch.â€
Officially, the main cause of that poochy belly we all hate is usually Diastasis Recti. DA is a medical condition where your two ab muscles actually split apart during pregnancy. Itâ€™s caused by pressure on the ab wallâ€”from, you know, growing a baby! For other women, that pooch is just a deposit of stubborn belly fat which we only wish we could spot train away. But if youâ€™re expecting, what you really want to know is: Can I prevent it? The answer? Possibly!