Diastasis Recti Abdominis is a midline separation at the linea alba of the recti muscles of the abdominal wall i.e. the ‘six pack’ muscle separates in the middle. A palpable midline gap of more than 2.5 cm or any visible bulging on exertion is considered as a diastasis. It is a result of the abdominal muscles stretching and weakening from maternal hormonal changes and increased tension by the growing uterus. Diastasis Recti Abdominis can occur in varying degrees during pregnancy and may not resolve spontaneously in the postpartum period.
A health care professional well-acquainted with Diastasis Recti Abdominis is usually the first line of intervention. Specific exercises aimed at strengthening the deep core muscles, such as the transverses abdominis and pelvic floor muscles are used as well as correction of poor postures and techniques of moving that can exacerbate the problem. Poorly executed abdominal exercises can cause an increase in intra-abdominal pressure, this force may cause further recti separation.
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