Diastasis recti is a separation of the abdominal muscles that occurs in roughly 30% of pregnancies and persists at 6 weeks post partum in 60% of women. Even at 12 months post partum, it persists in over 30% of women. It is often blamed for low back pain, difficulties with recovery and issues getting back to exercise, but this isn’t necessarily true. It’s really important to recognize that there is a difference between a functional diastasis that can impact strength and cosmetic that affects how we feel about our appearance but doesn’t necessarily impact our ability to lift things or exercise. I love that so many programs are trying to support and assist women with this issue but they often end up scaring women into doing nothing because they aren’t sure where to start.
This video is intended to bring clarity and peace of mind about significance of your own diastasis. Also to help you make a decision about whether or not pelvic physical therapy can help. There is also a post partum checklist on my website that is free to help women know their bodies, distinguish between common and normal and know if pelvic therapy can be helpful to them! Click here to get your own free report.
These videos are meant to be educational and instructional. They are not able to diagnose or treat a specific issue and are definitely not a substitute for a professional evaluation.