Diastasis Recti

What is Diastasis Recti?

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Diastasis recti is a common condition in pregnant and postpartum people. It occurs when the rectus abdominis muscles (six-pack ab muscles) separate during pregnancy from being stretched. The separation can make a person’s belly stick out or bulge months or years postpartum.


What causes Diastasis Recti?

Pregnancy puts a lot of pressure on your abdomen (abs). The abdomen is made up of left and right ab muscles and a thin band of connective tissue (linea alba) in between. They are pushed outward and stretched to make room for the growing baby. Diastasis recti occurs when the linea alba is overstretched and doesn’t come back together. The left and right sides of the abdominals stay separated. It’s also referred to as an “ab gap” or abdominal separation.

Risk & Complications

DR occurs in both pregnant and postpartum women, and seeking prompt Diastasis Recti treatment in Singapore is now available with advanced treatment technology.

Some risk factors that can make DR more likely to occur include:

  • Having a larger baby, twins or a large amount of amniotic fluid
  • Multiple childbirths
  • Being pregnant over the age of 35
  • Intense pushing during childbirth
  • Improper breathing during childbirth
  • Weak pre-pregnancy abdominal muscles
  • Overuse of abdominal muscles during the third trimester
  • Obesity

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