Getting Rid of Stubborn Post-Pregnancy Belly Fat

New research reveals that the medical condition diastasis recti may be to blame, and what can be done about it.
2:47 | 08/27/15

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We're going to talk about a problem, a lot of moms know all too well, that stubborn postpartum belly fat. For some women no matter how much they exercise and diet their bellies just won't go away. It's a medical condition and ABC's Paula Faris has more. Reporter: Belly fat is the postpartum bane of many women's lives and for so many the bulge won't bulge even long after giving birth. Physicians tell new moms it's just their new Normal. You just had a c-section, you have twins, you have an older son, this is just the way it is. Reporter: But Ann new something was wrong. I was exercising, I was eating healthy and I lost the weight but I did know my abs weren't budging. It felt like my insides were falling out. Reporter: She had diastasis recti. It stretches out the abdomen and causes the vertical bands of muscle that meet in the middle to separate resulting in a permanent bulge. It really happens probably in almost every woman that has a pregnancy. Reporter: And wrote about her own struggle for "Parents" magazine. A lot of women have it. They don't know they have it. The most common way we create it is part of an abdominalplasty or tummy tuck. Reporter: Leslie says a year after giving birth to her youngest son everything was back to Normal except for her tummy. She too had Dra. Leslie's doctor gave her the name of a plastic surgeon. He said this is a medical condition. That's not going to go away and then I went home and cried. I felt my body betrayed me and I mean I hate to say that because this body also gave me my babies. Reporter: She decided to get a tummy tuck. Going into an elective surgery, having two young boys, yeah, it was tough. Reporter: But Zoe Levine who teaches postnatal fitness classes says surgery isn't the only option. I was told by a surjsen the only way to solve it is by surgery from hip to hip. Surgery may be an option but I have heard and seen a lot of great stories. We've seen it come back together with work with exercise. Reporter: Zoe shows me the right exercises for women with this condition. The hips a little higher for those squeezes. She also shows me a couple of wrong moves. No, it's going to bother your back. One major message there's help out there for you so it just find it. Reporter: Ann says she's going to stick to the exercise route. Leslie has no regrets about her tummy tuck. I am very happy with the results and if I had to make the decision again, I'd make it. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Paula Faris, ABC news, New York.

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