How Pregnancy Impacts Abdominal Strength


During pregnancy, abdominal muscles will stretch in order to accommodate the growing baby. For some women, these muscles will retract over a period of time following childbirth. Many others can develop diastasis recti, a condition in which abdominal muscles separate, creating a loose and unflattering appearance and increasing medical risks for hernias and lower back pain.

Diastasis recti is typically resistant to strengthening exercises. In fact, abdominal exercises such as crunches and bicycle can actually make the condition worse. In these cases, tummy tuck surgery is the most effective and reliable option for the restoration of core strength and appearance.

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Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. John Corey often includes tummy tuck surgery in the mommy makeover procedure due to its ability to address so many of the issues created during pregnancy. With tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Corey can:

  • Reattach separated abdominal muscles
  • Eliminate loose and sagging skin
  • Reduce the prevalence of stretch marks
  • Remove stubborn deposits of fat
  • Tighten and tone the hips, waist, and stomach
  • Improve the appearance of the belly button

When performed in combination with other breast and body procedures, tummy tuck surgery can play a decisive role in appealing results. However, even when performed alone this body contouring option can have a profound impact on the appearance, strength, and comfort of your entire midsection. During your initial consultation at our Scottsdale office Dr. Corey can discuss the benefits of tummy tuck in greater detail to help you decide if it is suitable for your specific needs.

To schedule your initial consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, please contact John J. Corey, MD online or by calling 480-767-7700 today. Located in Scottsdale, we welcome patients from Phoenix, Mesa, and all surrounding areas of Arizona.