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Diastasis recti

Diastasis recti, Rectus Diastasis or abdominal separation is a fairly common condition of pregnancy and post-partum and defined as a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle into right and left halves. Usually the two sides of the muscle join at the linea alba (the vertical line that divides a ‘six pack’) at the body mid-line.


Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction


Diastasis recti reduces the strength and proper functionality of the abdominal wall and can trigger lower back pain and pelvic floor problems including urge incontinence, urinary frequency and pelvic pain.

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Safe Exercises for Diastasis Recti


Physiotherapist Sue Croft says ‘If you have a Rectus Diastasis from a pregnancy please ensure your abdominal exercises are 'Pelvic Floor Safe'. Doing sit-ups with a medicine ball will encourage pressure down the vagina - which is a hernia portal - and will increase the risk of a vaginal or rectal wall prolapse.

When getting back into shape after pregnancy a Kegel8 Electronic pelvic toner, or the weighted vaginal cones will help you to identify the correct muscles in your pelvic floor and regain your pre-baby shape. Pelvic floor exercise is the best way to strengthen your pelvic floor and will also help you to achieve the flat tummy too - but remember no crunches or sit ups if you suffer with Diastasis recti.

 

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