The Truth About Having Babies
It's not just postpartum depression or baby weight that a new mom has to deal with -- it's also displaced bones and muscles.
Pregnancy can cause significant strain to the muscles and bones that can lead to debilitating disorders years or decades later, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Jessica McKinney, director of the Center for Pelvic and Women's Health at Marathon Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, explained a litany of gruesome details to the newspaper:
Abdominal muscles lengthen significantly during pregnancy, the spine moves into an exaggerated S curve, caesarean section can leave internal scar tissue, and the hammock of muscles in the pelvis that support organs and bones, called the pelvic floor, stretches or even tears.
Left untreated, the changes can cause problems down the road, from pelvic and low back pain to incontinence.
There's also the "diastasis recti" for example, when the stomach muscles -- the six pack -- is ripped apart by the growing fetus. The separation is common in pregnancies and often doesn't resolve itself.
More reasons to give your mom an extra big bouquet of flowers next Mother's Day.
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