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Diastasis Recti – a post-baby condition in women

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  1. what is Diastasis Recti and how does it occur?

A least concerned condition with a serious problem; the Diastasis recti is a condition that is targeted at the abdominal wall muscles. These abdominal wall muscles splits and develop a ridge that runs along the abdomen. It’s a condition which is prominent among women and occurs due to persistent stretch of abdominal muscles, during the gestational period. The condition therefore leads to a rounded and protruding belly.  It occurs due to thinning of a connective tissue called ‘linea alba’ as a responds to the change in hormone levels which is required for the expansion of uterus. The expansion is highly needed to accommodate the growing fetus. Once the baby is out, the hormone levels restore to their pre-pregnancy levels and the thinning slowly improves. In some cases, these tissues gets stretched out too long and eventually they lose their elasticity and fail to come back into position. The condition may be from unnoticeable to bad disfiguration which affects women’s posture. Apart from appearance, it also affects women’s health and leads to different problems like lower back pain, pelvic instability, hernia, etc.

  1. Will I suffer Diastasis Recti?

Chances of developing Diastasis recti is found more in women who are petite, carry more than one baby at a time, had more than one pregnancy, poor muscle tone, having a sway back posture, etc. In spite of this, a women’s health or medical background can also be blamed. In addition to this, women who had suffered the condition from a previous pregnancy have higher chance of developing it again. Along with this, women with a history of umbilical or ventral hernia, pelvic instability are at higher risk of developing the condition.

III. Prevention of Diastasis Recti:

Taking care of the vulnerable abdomen can help to prevent the splitting. Women during her pregnancy should always follow the log roll movement when getting out of bed, couch or floor. In addition to this, certain exercises like the ‘Dia method’, developed by Leah Keller, can be performed to reinforce the abdominals and entire body for labor and postpartum revival.

  1. Self-test and Treatment:

A simple self-test can determine whether you suffer from Diastasis Recti or not. The steps are simple. Lie on your back with your knees bent and soles on the floor. Gently place one hand behind you head and the other on the abdomen in such a way that the fingertips are at your midline which is parallel to your waistline at the level of your belly button. Now gently relax your abdomen and slowly press your fingertips into your abdomen. Now roll yourself up into a ‘mini-crunch’ like position (head up with shoulders still on the ground). Now move your fingertips across your midline and feel for the right and left sides of your ‘rectus Abdominis muscle’. A gap of more than 2 and a half finger width is a sign that you suffer from the condition. You may also notice that the space don’t minimize when you contract your abdominal wall.

As for treatment, exercise is the first approach to the healing process.Different workout methods like the MuTu System can be performed to strengthen the core muscles. Physical therapy may also favor the healing process.Exercises which cause abdominal bulging should be highly avoided. Carrying or lifting heavy thing shouldn’t be performed. In severe cases, a surgery can be performed to correct Diastasis Recti and should only be considered as the last option