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What Happens to Your Ab Muscles after Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, as the uterus expands significantly, so too, do the two vertical strips of muscles that meet in the centre of the abdomen stretch considerably to accommodate the growing belly.

The weakening and over-stretching of these muscles tend to be more severe in women who’ve had multiple pregnancies, large babies or a caesarean section.

While most women’s ab muscles contract back within a few months postpartum, some women do not. The result is not just a permanent bulge at the abdomen; it can also lead to hernias, pelvic pain, back pain and weakness due to the absence of core strength.

Benefits of Emsculpt


US FDA-Approved

Rebuilds Muscles

Burns Fat

No Downtime

Minimal Discomfort

How Does EMSCULPT Work?

EMSCULPT is an innovative new equipment that uses non-invasive, High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology to stimulate 20,000 muscle contractions per 30-minute session. These contractions are powerful (although not painful) and are much higher than what humans can manually achieve, so the process effectively reconstructs muscles and melts residual fat at the same time.

The result is a firmer, leaner, stronger and more toned abdomen – although it can be used on the buttocks as well.

Will the Weakened & Over-Stretched Ab Muscles Ever Recover On Its Own?

In mild cases, it can heal on its own over time (around 6 weeks to 3 months) as the muscles tighten and shrink back into place.

However, in moderate to severe cases, it can be very difficult – sometimes impossible – to naturally bring the separated muscles back together. For instance, doing crunches can worsen the situation, as they tighten the muscles and push them further apart, stretching out the connective tissue even more.

Dr Cheong Lai Leng
About Dr Ann Tan

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
MBBS (S’pore), MMed (O&G), FRCOG (London), FAM (S’pore)

With over 20 years caring for women’s reproductive health and their pregnancies, Dr Ann Tan is no doubt a fervent advocate for women’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

An experienced obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Tan is keenly aware of the ups and downs of what pregnancy and childbirth brings, and strives to support postpartum women as they recover so that they can enjoy motherhood as well as possible.

Experiencing a bulging and weak abdomen after pregnancy?
With EMSCULPT, treatment is non-invasive and leaves your core muscles stronger and more toned.
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  • How Many Sessions Do I Need?

    While this will be customized to fit the needs of each patient, on average, 4 treatments will be needed – 2 per week. Subsequently, maintenance sessions will be required to maintain results.

  • Will I Have Any Downtime?

    No, you can proceed to go about your day right after the session.

  • What Does It Feel Like?

    Though not painful, it has been described as a strange sensation – like an intense vibration that reaches the core of the muscles. However, it is also said to get more comfortable with each subsequent treatment.

  • How Soon Will I See Results?

    Usually, results will start to appear within 2 to 4 weeks after the final session and continue to improve over the next few weeks. Subsequent maintenance sessions every 3 months are recommended.

  • How Effective is the Emsculpt at Strengthening & Rebuilding Muscle?

    Cleared for use on the abdomen (including diastasis recti), buttocks, arms and legs, Emsculpt has undergone over 20 peer-reviewed publications and have been shown to increase muscle mass by 16% on average. (Source: Manufacturer, BTL Aesthetics)

Weakened ab muscles and its resultant belly bulge is more than a cosmetic issue – it affects your core strength too and should be treated promptly. To find out more about EMSCULPT, contact our clinic at +65 6734 8188 today.