Diastasis recti is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles (AKA - your abs). Sometimes you can hear diastasis explained as different things...spilt abs, mummy tummy, mommy pooch, and the list goes on.
Some amount of diastasis is common in pregnant and postpartum women and is more likely in subsequent pregnancies. Diastasis occurs because the relaxin hormone, that hormone that helps your connective tissues, joint, and ligaments loosen and widen so baby can be born, weakens the fascia (connective tissue) that holds together the two rectus abdominal muscles.
Let’s take a look at normal abs and abs with diastasis recti (apologies in advance...I am not an artist)!
This is the ideal image of your abdominals.
There is little or no separation (0-2 finger widths apart).
If you have had a C-section you have an opening below your navel. In a c-section they cut your abdominal muscles in order to get to your uterus to get baby out. They may have sewn your lower abdominals back together, but you will require extra care and attention.
How can you heal diastasis if you have any and how can you protect yourself from developing it? We will chat about this today on our Facebook LIVE at 2pm EST. Tune in and come with questions or head to the Babies at the Barre™ Facebook Page to catch the replay.
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