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Diastasis Recti Pregnancy & Postpartum

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Diastasis Recti occurs when the rectus abdominis muscle gets stretched and separated during pregnancy. This muscle sits in the center of your stomach and is often known as the six pack muscle. This is a normal process because it allows your belly to expand enough to grow another human inside of you.

The issue with diastasis recti is not during pregnancy, but rather during the postpartum recovery process. Diastasis recti weakens the core. The core is the foundation of movement. Thus, the more unstable the core is, the more unstable the entire body becomes.

While Diastasis Recti is NORMAL, it is not normal if it stays beyond 8 weeks postpartum. Diastasis recti can increase the risk of low back pain, urinary incontinence, or pelvic pain. Therefore, it is important to seek treatment for this condition, postpartum.

The first step to treating diastasis recti is through belly breathing - similar to how they breathe in yoga. Belly breathing creates intra-abdominal pressure to help position the diaphragm over the pelvic floor. Improving the function of both the diaphragm and pelvic floor will ultimately improve movements of the entire body.

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