When you consider the number of structures that are cut during a c-section, it's not that surprising that women can find they have some trouble regaining abdominal & core strength afterwards. Whilst they don't normally cut through the abdominal muscles, the connective tissue around the muscles is cut and so as those structures heal it can cause adhesions. This can affect how well the muscles can glide and contract through the surrounding tissue.
If you are struggling with your abdominal strength post c-section, ask your GP for a physio referral, or alternatively book in to see your local pelvic health physio.
Claire is a women's health and sports Physiotherapist. She is the owner of Spring Physio and is based in East Sussex.