VIDEO: Diastasis Rectus Abdominis

Clinical Expertise

May 13, 2021

Medical Reviewer: Jaasha Pena, PT, DPT
Last Updated: May 21, 2021

Video Transcript

Hello, my name is Jaasha Pena, and I’m a pelvic health therapist here at Brooks.

Today, I’d like to talk with you about diastasis recti, which is the separation of the rectus abdominis bellies that usually occurs during pregnancy, due to hormone changes that cause increased connective tissue laxity, specifically the linea alba as well as the growing baby. Typically, diastasis recti will heal six weeks to three months after baby’s born.

When it doesn’t, you can run into some issues with low back pain, pelvic instability, decreased functional control of the abdominal wall, as well as decreased regulation of intra-abdominal pressure.

As pelvic health physical therapist, we help work on your breathing mechanics, your general postural mechanics, your body mechanics especially with childcare as well as safe exercises to improve your pelvic core stability and strength, for return to your normal level of function.

If you have a diastasis recti, we’d love to see you here at Brooks.

Thank you.

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Medical Reviewer

Jaasha Pena, PT, DPT

Pelvic Health Therapist