Diastasis recti abdominis is the split of the abdominal muscle in the mid-line of the abdomen as a result of stretching and thinning of the abdominal wall during pregnancy or vigorous physical demands after childbirth.
This separation can alter the function of the abdominal wall, producing trunk instability, back pain, hip pain, poor posture, weak abdomen, shallow breathing, and restrictive movements of the trunk predisposing the back to injuries.
To measure for diastasis recti abdominis place your fingers horizontally across the middle line of the abdomen at umbilicus level. Then Lift your head and shoulder of the table with arms straight and parallel to the bed reaching toward the knees.
Any separation of two finger widths or less is normal, more than two fingers width is considered diastasis recti abdominis.
Diastasis recti would resolve gradually in the postpartum period during the first 40 days after delivery, however physical demands after postpartum can stressed the abdominal wall and increase the chance of having diastisis recti.
Abdominal Hypopressives can resolve the diastasis recti
The Hypopresives help the abdominal muscle to recover the muscle tone and at the same time bring together the rectus abdominis without the need of surgery.
Women should be encouraged to refrain from rigorous physical activity after postpartum, to maintain a correct posture with lifting, carrying, bathing the baby, pushing the stroller for at least 12 weeks after delivery to prevent diastasis recti.