Rectus Diastasis (RD) occurs when the front abdominal muscles pull apart during pregnancy. This actually happens in 60-100% of women during pregnancy. The problem arises postpartum if the abdominal wall does return to its normal state.
Many women will notice a “bulge” in their stomach muscle or suffer during the embarrassing moment when 3 months postpartum their friend asks if they are pregnant again.
If RD is present a specific exercise program should be used. Many typical stomach muscle exercises actually can cause more harm than good. Like many complaints during and after pregnancy, RD may be common but it is not normal and treatment is readily available. A pelvic physiotherapist can not only assess the integrity of the core from the outside, they can also enhance strengthening with the pelvic floor.