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How to Check for Diastasis Recti

With Jessica Dalliday

Duration: 5:08

Style: post_natal, pelvic_floor

Difficulty: beginner

According to the Mayo Clinic: “During pregnancy, the growing uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen. This can cause the two large parallel bands of muscles that meet in the middle of the abdomen to separate — a condition called diastasis recti or diastasis recti abdominis. Diastasis recti might cause a bulge in the middle of the abdomen where the two muscles separate.”

This is a completely normal condition to have postpartum and happens to almost all women.

Why is it important to assess and address Diastasis Recti?

Well, in order for your core and pelvic floor to function effectively, there should be good tension between the gap in your abdominals when engaging your core and pelvic floor. Thus, you will want to avoid certain exercises to avoid making the condition worse and to help it heal properly.

We recommend you see a pelvic floor physiotherapist if you think you have a diastasis recti to monitor your progress and determine when it is safe to perform more advanced core exercises.

Make sure to check out our video on the Core Breath and our Postnatal Exercise video in our Pelvic Floor Educational Workshop Series by Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Leah Stacjer.

Equipment

  • None required