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Healing Your Diastasis–What every mom should know

October 30, 2009

Healing Your Diastasis–What every mom should know.

October 28, 2009 by Charlotte Blake

Are you doing crunches or sit-ups and seeing no results?

Have you lost some or most of your baby weight but can’t get rid of that extra softness around your middle?
Have you heard of abdominal separation or diastasis recti but don’t know how to check yourself or what it is?

If you are or have been pregnant, chances are, you have a diastasis.  Don’t worry, this is usually when I get the blank stare so, if you don’t know what it is, you are not alone.  With that said, if you have a diastasis, you are also not alone.  A diastasis recti is extremely common among pre- and post-natal women.

What is a diastasis?

A diastasis is the separation of the outermost abdominal muscles or, the rectus abdominis.  Separation occurs because the pregnancy hormones soften connective tissue as the uterus pushes against the abdominal wall.  When these muscles separate, the connective tissue that joins them stretches sideways becoming thinner and weaker.  A diastasis is usually measured using fingers.  Some women have a one finger diastasis, other women have a five finger diastasis.  Typically, a diastasis remains in the one to five finger-wide range.  In more rare occasions, women have as much as a ten finger diastasis.

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