Diastasis Recti

During pregnancy the connective tissue that connects the right and left abdominal muscles, called the linea alba, is stretched as the baby and your abdomen grows.  Sometimes the tissues do not return to their original position and when this happens a space is left between the right and left abdominal muscles. When this space is greater than 2.7cm this is known as a diastasis rectus. Loss of this space also results in the loss of positive pressure throughout the abdomen and pelvic cavities, which can also eventually affect the support of your pelvic organs.  A diastasis recti can be treated with education and exercise by your women’s health physical therapist.