Rectus Diastasis During Pregnancy

Tamarah Nerreter, physiotherapist, discusses Rectus Diastasis During Pregnancy

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Tamarah Nerreter, physiotherapist, discusses Rectus Diastasis During Pregnancy
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Featuring Tamarah Nerreter, MPT, CAFC
Rectus Diastasis During Pregnancy
Duration: 1 minute, 50 seconds

Rectus diastasis is a condition experienced by women during pregnancy.

Diastasis recti can be due to multiple pregnancies, or just one pregnancy, being smaller in stature, but there are numerous reasons.

Rectus diastasis is a split down the center of your abdomen. The linea alba that holds the fascia together will split with an overload in the abdomen, ie: your baby growing. This can create numerous issues. When the abdomen does not have that same stability, then that changes the stability of the pelvis and of your lumbar spine.

We generally see women with a one-to-two finger split during pregnancy. And that is something to look for while you're pregnant. Things that can increase the incidence of a diastasis occurring is doing sit-ups, or sitting straight up in bed, and not being cautious to roll over or take care of that midline and abdomen.

Postpartum women may experience a rectus diastasis if they have had it in their prenatal period. If you have a measurement of two fingers, two-finger width six to eight weeks postpartum and you think you're experiencing this diastasis that won't go away, it's best to visit your care provider or a local physiotherapist in order to assist you in addressing the instability issues and the abdominal wall issues.

Presenter: Tamarah Nerreter, Physiotherapist, Surrey, BC

Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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