Diastasis recti (abdominal separation)
What is Diastasis recti (abdominal separation)?
Diastasis recti are also known as abdominal separation more commonly. It is an increase in the distance between the abdominal muscles due to the stretching of the connective tissue (line alba) that joins them together. It is completely a normal process needed to happen to make room for the baby during pregnancy.
How long will it last?
It varies for everyone. The research displays that many remain wider than normal at 12 weeks postnatal. Often it can go away on its own but there are many things that can be done to help rebuild strength and control through the abdominal and assist in recovery.
What can I do?
Get assessed by a women’s health physiotherapist to determine the distance and the quality of the tissue to see how it fits with the function and the goals.
Two simple things to help with the recovery:
• Abdominal compression: via high waisted tights, SRC compression shorts
• Mini crunches /curl-ups: helps to start introducing load in a safe way under supervision at first