What is a Diastsis Recti?

 

Diastasis recti is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles down the middle of your stomach.  This is common in pregnant women and can occur above, below or at the level of the belly button.  Any separation larger than 2cm is considered significant and corrective exercises should be performed to reduce the separation before any other abdominal exercises can be started, and no abdominal crunches just yet!  A qualified physiotherapist will be able to test for, and provide exercise advice for a diastasis recti.

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