Understanding Diastasis Recti
Updated: Jul 8, 2022
Diastasis recti is a condition where the abdominal muscles (abs) separate, causing a weakness which allows the organs in that area to bulge out. This happens usually during pregnancy as the body accommodates the growth of the little one. If you’re amongst the lucky ones, your body will heal diastasis recti by itself around 3 to 6 months postpartum. If you’re amongst the not so lucky ones, diastasis recti might overstay its welcome.
For your little one to grow in your body, your uterus gradually grows bigger throughout your pregnancy. Towards the end of your pregnancy, your uterus can extend all the way from the pelvis to below the ribcage. Skin will stretch and abs muscles will separate to accommodate the significant growth of the uterus.
After delivery, the uterus will gradually shrink and return to its normal size (roughly the size of a small lemon!). Within 3 to 6 months, the abs muscles may realign themselves. If it does not, you may be having diastasis recti. There is a higher chance of you having diastasis recti if you’ve had multiple pregnancies, although it may not only be due to this.
Keep a look out for diastasis recti symptoms such as lower back pain, poor posture, bloating, constipation, and abdominal discomfort. There are solutions to counter diastasis recti if you have them. Strengthening and stretching exercise may help. There are also treatment plans available to help you overcome diastasis recti such as our Diastasis Recti Treatment. 💛