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Postpartum “Jelly Bellies”
By Sandy Willoughby PT, CSCS, CAPP-OB

“Jelly Belly” is not a medical term found in the literature but any woman who has had a baby knows what “Jelly Belly” means.    During pregnancy, we understand that the uterus enlarges with the growing baby and, along with that, the abdominal muscles stretch.  Once the baby is delivered, the uterus gradually shrinks down to its pre– pregnancy size (breast feeding assists with this) but the abdominal muscles need some help to return to their pre-pregnancy tone and length.  Abdominal muscles are skeletal muscles – they need to be contracted and used to restore tone and function.  It is for this reason that abdominal exercises become necessary; but don’t start with crunches just yet!  Yes…..you read that correctly.  Let’s talk about why.

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Our Petoskey clinic is located within the Bay Street Orthopedic building, 4048 Cedar Bluff Drive. 231-347-9300 [map]

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Our Harbor Springs clinic is located next the Harbor Springs airport, 8452 M-119 Harbor Plaza, 231-348-7002. [map]                                        

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