Separated abs or medically known as diastasis recti, is a condition that commonly arises in pregnant or postpartum women.
The Rectus Abdominis muscles (six-pack ab muscles) are a set of two long vertical muscles that run from the tip of your sternum (xiphoid process) to the pubic bone. Because of abdominal pressure (such as in pregnancy), these muscles can separate, resulting in the belly pooch. In addition to making one conscious about their physical appearance, diastasis recti can also cause lower back pain, constipation, bloating, and weak pelvic floor muscles.
For some women, diastasis recti are self-limiting (that is, it corrects itself). However, when it persists beyond eight weeks postpartum, it is best to seek the help of your health care practitioner.