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Diastasis Recti

Updated: Nov 11, 2022

What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti is the separation of two large parallel bands of muscles that meet in the middle of the abdomen wall, with simple words its the separation of “six pack” muscles. Diastasis Recti is very common during and following pregnancy.

What is causing Diastasis Recti?

The main cause of Diastasis recti is the increased size of uterus during pregnancy.

The growing uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen creating the separation which is described above.

The uterus normally fits into the pelvis but during pregnancy, it can grow 1000 times it’s size. Size can very from a clenched fist to a watermelon or even larger in some occasions.

Another reason of diastasis recti is that the abdominal wall has undergone additional strain as the baby develops, and as a result, abdominal muscles are getting stretched and eventually they become weak.

Diastasis recti assessment
Hands of coach trainer with flat belly checking diastasis recti on her own belly

What are the symptoms of Diastasis Recti?

  • A bulge in the middle of the abdomen especially when the muscles are tense (lying down to sit up)

  • Pain on the abdominal wall

  • Lower back pain could be an additional symptom

  • Constipation and bloating

  • Reduced range of movement and stiffness

Did you know?

  • 60% of women may experience diastasis recti during pregnancy

  • Positive Diastasis recti is when a gap of 2 finger width is present at the umbilicus, above the umbilicus or below.

  • It’s more likely to develop Diastasis recti if you had more than one pregnancy

  • More common at age 35 or older

  • Uterus can become as big as a watermelon during pregnancy.

  • You should avoid sit-ups, heavy lifting and twisting movements

What treatment does Physio Pattern offer for Diastasis recti?

In Physio Pattern Manchester, we will do a through assessment and we are going to address any kind of problem related to your problem. Potential physiotherapy treatment will be carried out from a specialised pelvic floor physiotherapist and a tailored exercise program will be designed based on your needs. The Treatment will include:

  • strengthening exercises

  • breathing exercises

  • core exercises

additional treatment include:

If you would like more information of how Physio Pattern Manchester can help with this condition, or to book an assessment please call


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