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Abdominal muscle pain/stretching 
illustmaker thingy
I'm 24w5d with our first, and for the past 3 days or so I've been having some unusual abdominal muscle pain and burning below the sternum. Up to this point, I'd been expanding nice and gradually; suddenly I feel like a rapidly inflating balloon, and my muscles feel like they can't stretch as quickly as my insides want them to. I've palpated for diastasis recti and haven't noticed any separation, but it literally feels like I'm ripping apart at the seams. I've been massaging to try to keep the connective tissue malleable, watching my posture and trying to be aware of any twisting or flexing movements. I see my OB in 2 weeks and my midwife in 3, so as long as this doesn't worsen I'm just planning on mentioning it then. Does this sound familiar? Any tips on mitigating the pain or damage at this stage, or is this just one of those pregnancy symptoms you just acknowledge and power through? Thanks for any input!
17th-Dec-2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
All I can think of is Acid reflux, which is common in pregnancy. Try avoiding acidic foods. Milk helps and there is always Tums.

I just have a quick question about diastasis recti. How could you realize you had that if you were pregnant? I thought you normally can't detect that until after pregnancy. Your abdominal muscles will stretch apart during pregnancy anyways, it's when they don't go back to their normal positions after child birth that you have to worry about diastasis recti.
17th-Dec-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback! I'm fairly sure that the source of the pain/burning is in the muscle/connective tissue itself; I've had occasional heartburn with this pregnancy, and it's a very different sensation and location.

This is what I'd found on checking for diastasis recti during pregnancy (from here):
Lie on your back with your belly exposed. Get into a crunch position. Place the middle finger of one hand an inch above your belly button and aligned with its center. Place your pointer and ring directly on the other side of your middle finger. Gently press in as you crunch up. If all three of your fingers sink into a gap (between your abdominis recti muscles) then you have the diastasis (separation). If only one or two fit easily in the gap, that is completely normal. If you notice a large gap or any pain associated with this test please read about diastasis recti and abdominal hernias.
21st-Dec-2012 08:05 am (UTC)
Well... if anyone has been having the same issue, it seems to have subsided after a few days. I think it was just strain on the muscles/fascia after a sudden growth spurt. Still a bit tender, definitely tauter, but not threatening to split apart as it felt like before.
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