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Diastasis Recti and Weakness of the Linea Alba


  • Clinical Presentation An adult is considered to have a diastasis recti abdominis when they present with an 'abnormal' inter-rectus distance.[physio-pedia.com]
  • Diastasis recti occurs in the last trimester of pregnancy and commonly presents in post partum moms.[epochphysicaltherapy.com]
  • Use left fingers to feel the width of gap. 2 fingers wide: No diastasis is present. 2 to 3 fingers wide: Diastasis is present. 4 to 5 fingers wide: Severe diastasis that might require specialized physical therapy.[magazine.nasm.org]
  • An experienced physiotherapist, fitness leader, presenter and business leader, she is the founder of BeActive, a successful enterprise that has consulted to over 4,000 women at various stages of their pre- and post-natal journeys.[fitnessnetwork.com.au]
  • […] inguinal ring by invaginating scrotum, if hernia hits tip of finger it is indirect, if it hits pulp of finger it is direct; this is not very accurate History of hernia treatment Middle Ages: when repair was attempted, no anesthesia used, often resulted in sepsis[quizlet.com]
  • Constipation MedGen UID: 1101 • Concept ID: C0009806 • Sign or Symptom Infrequent or difficult evacuation of FECES.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Question: Does a diastasis cause constipation? Answer: Yes. When the muscles separate the organs (i.e. intestines) get displaced. This displacement puts the bowel out of alignment which is a cause of constipation.[diastasisrehab.com]
  • Signs of diastasis include incontinence that continues more than 8 weeks post- partum, pelvic floor dysfunction, constipation, pain during intercourse as well as lower back pain, SI joint issues and looking 4 months pregnant.[pilates-edge.com]
Heart Disease
  • This sets a better foundation for eating well, passing on these nutritious practices to your children, reducing diet related illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and therefore, being healthy for your lifetime. Comments[mamawellness.co.uk]
Muscle Weakness
  • Abdominal wall muscle weakness MedGen UID: 867169 • Concept ID: C4021527 • Finding Decreased strength of the abdominal musculature.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • The goals of treatment are to improve upon poor movement patterns which can be a result of muscle weakness, ROM restriction, joint or muscle pain, connective tissue issues, impaired muscle coordination, poor posture, preferred and/or restricted breath[epochphysicaltherapy.com]
  • I would recommend surgery to anyone who has symptoms of their muscle weakness e.g. back pain, pain on straining and core muscle weakness AND does not wish to have any further children AND is over 12 months following the birth of their last child.[realself.com]
  • After 3 months post pregnancy, trying to close the abdominal gap is much harder work either due to internal factors (muscle weakness, muscle memory, postural) or external factors (baby getting more active, less time to do exercise) To check your abdominal[themamapost.com]
  • Diastasis causes muscle weakness and imbalance throughout the core with increased risk for injuries in the back, and pelvis (2)(3) References: 1 . Eliasson K, Elfving B., Nordgren B., Mattsson E. Urinary incontinence in women with low back pain.[corerestorephysio.com]
Hip Pain
  • Whether you’re suffering from chronic back or hip pain, not succeeding in connecting to your core or, have never been the same since pregnancy, you can benefit from physiotherapy with a certified pelvic health physiotherapist, and restore your core.[corerestorephysio.com]
  • Prolapse of the bladder, uterus, or rectum – this is when your organs feel like they’re “falling out” Low Back Pain Constipation Pain during sex Pelvic Pain Hip Pain MOMS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN HAVE DIASTASIS RECTI Diastasis Recti can also occur[strongbikinimom.com]
  • Weakness in the core muscles contributes to insufficient force closure of the sacroiliac joint leading to pelvic instability, which can eventually lead to lower-back and hip pain.[coreconcepts.com.sg]
  • Physical discomfort in the abdominal area Reduction in core strength Back and hip pain Pelvic floor dysfunction Urine leakage Pain during intercourse Constipation and bloating after eating Diastasis recti test Unfortunately, abdominal separation often[zwivel.com]
  • Question: Does a diastasis cause back and hip pain? Answer: Yes. The function of the outermost abdominal muscles (recti muscles) is to support your back and organs.[diastasisrehab.com]
  • This core training mistake of an overemphasis on ab muscle flexion exercises while neglecting the other three core regions mentioned, (especially the TVA) may result in low back pain and something even worse that pushes your belly outward – a major red[truehealthunlimited.com]
  • Most women are so focused on their abs postpartum their neglect their back. Your back muscles are part of your core musculature and work together with your abdominal muscles.[diaryofafitmommy.com]
  • Additionally, abdominal trauma applied to this weak connective tissue, such as a blow to the stomach (the flailing leg of a tantrumming toddler, anyone?)[bellyrebuild.com]
  • Effective prenatal coaching emphasizes a balance between core amnesia and the excessive all-day holding of a super-tight TVA.[nfpt.com]


  • Exercises and at-home treatment options Seeking early treatment for diastasis recti is important for several reasons.[zwivel.com]
  • This can lead to self-doubt in performing day to day tasks and without treatment, can greatly affect her self-confidence in performing higher level activities in the future.[epochphysicaltherapy.com]
  • Knowing a patient’s overall impairments is important in correcting a DR, because only then can we put together a proper treatment plan. Since every patient is different, treatment plans are specifically tailored for each patient.[pelvicpainrehab.com]
  • If you confirm the presence of diastasis recti after performing this evaluation, it’s time to implement an effective treatment plan.[chiroeco.com]
  • Our Diastasis Repair Workshops are taught by our licensed & certified Instructors who will help with preparing for diastasis recti during pregnancy, prepare you for movement and exercise after delivery, and also provide you with treatment to repair any[babybootcamp.com]


  • A distance of 1-1.5 finger widths between the muscle bellies is considered “normal” and greater than this would be considered a diastasis, however the prognosis of healing will be affected not just by the distance of separation, but also the amount of[histherapy.net]
  • Prognosis The patient usually does very well. In most cases, recti diastasis usually heals on its own over a postpartum period of 6 weeks to 3 months. However, Diastasis Recti Abdominis may also persists long after the woman delivered.[coreconcepts.com.sg]


  • Etiology Ginekol Pol 2018;89(2):97-101. doi: 10.5603/GP.a2018.0016. PMID: 29512814 Privett BJ, Ghusn M Hernia 2016 Aug;20(4):527-30. Epub 2016 Feb 17 doi: 10.1007/s10029-016-1470-1.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Abstract OBJECTIVES: Interest in elucidating the etiology of hernias has encouraged countless studies of musculoaponeurotic structures in individuals with and without hernias.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]


  • This condition is not prevented by keep fit practices, including some forms of yoga for pregnancy.[birthlight.com]
  • Can you prevent abdominal separation? You can’t prevent it, as all pregnant women will have some degree of abdominal separation by the end of their pregnancy.[physiolaura.com]
  • Choose an exercise program during your pregnancy that will prevent diastasis! : Join our Fit2BirthMum Program today![pregnancyexercise.co.nz]
  • Always pull your body tall and taut and prevent your ribs from thrusting and leaning on the counter. Posture while brushing teeth in the morning A common mistake that we all make is leaning on the basin while brushing teeth in the morning.[knocked-upfitness.com]

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