Why can’t I get my tummy to flatten since pregnancy, no matter how much I exorcise?

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This is a concern of many women who diligently exercise to get their abdominal contours to improve, but can’t seem to get rid of the “pooch,” no matter how many sit-ups they do. Oftentimes, the reason is that the abdominal wall (the muscles and fascia) have been stretched by pregnancy and remain lax. Sometimes, the tummy is widened by a split (diastasis) between the rectus muscles (the long vertical muscles of the abdominal wall), making it impossible to tighten or flatten the tummy with exercise alone: the only way to get the tummy flat is to repair the split between the muscles.