Managing Diastasis Recti through the Continuum of Care from Pregnancy, Post partum and Return to Fitness
DIASTASIS RECTI ABDOMINUS
WHAT IS IT?
A weakening of the connective tissue(linea alba)leading to a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle.
Can be more prevalent in:
Women over age 35
Pregnancy with twins/multiples
Very large birth weight
Can occur in men and infants
WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?
Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.
As the baby grows inside your uterus, pressure develops and stretches out the deep transverse abdominis muscle and the connective tissue.
Possible causes of intra abdominal pressure
increased weight gain
tightness in muscles
other forces on the connective tissue.
As a result of this pressure, the weakened connective tissue (linea alba) running down the center of the outermost muscle (rectus abdominis) causes the 2 sides to separate.
HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE A DIASTASIS RECTI?
*A protruding belly. *Palpable ridge on either side of separation. *A bulging or doming from the internal structures pushing through the weakened connective tissue. *Back, hip or pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and incotinence issues can occur.