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Diastasis Recti?

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Have you got an abdominal separation from giving birth?

Diastasis Recti or Abdominal Separation, is a common condition during pregnancy and postpartum.  The left and right halves of the rectus abdominis muscle (your six pack) separate at the midline; the linea alba.  The combination of a growing baby, pregnancy hormones and the uterus pushing against the abdominal wall causes the connective tissue of the midline to become thinner and wider, causing the abdominal separation.  A diastasis in the postpartum  period increases the potential for back pain and pelvic dysfunction such as prolapse, incontinence and pelvic pain.

Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to assist in closing the gap and lessening the severity of a diastasis recti.  It is important to consult a postnatal fitness professional that specialises in core restoration.  It is important to understand that a true core restoration program is all about the correct exercise at the appropriate time.  As a postnatal woman, the last thing that you need to be doing is the wrong type of exercises that could potentially injure you.  Avoid training with Fitness Professionals that don’t have the appropriate postnatal training and understanding who want to push you into fat burning bootcamps.

No amount of planks, push ups, burpees and sit ups will get rid of your poochy belly. These exercises have the potential to cause you injury and worsen your abdominal separation. 

Healing your diastasis rects is not just about the exercise,  true healing is an inside out job that incorporates hydration and a nutrient dense diet, vital for optimal recovery.


Kylee Todd

Postnatal & Beyond

Personal Training & Group Fitness - Canberra

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