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Diastasis Recti (DRA) is a split that occurs at the midline of connective tissue (Linea Alba) at the front of the abdomen. Simply put, it’s a gap that forms between the abs as the abs separate to make space for your growing baby. While pregnancy does not cause DRA, pregnancy leads to intra abdominal pressure; and it’s this excessive and unsupported pressure that exacerbates DRA.
Many women notice diastasis after they give birth. The doming, or protruding, of a new mommy’s belly may cause her to continue to appear pregnant. This means it’s not uncommon for new mom’s to experience the question: “So, when are you due?” But this is not something to be ashamed about. In fact, 100% of women experience some form of diastasis in the third trimester and it is rare that these new mommies return to their pre-baby forms immediately after childbirth. (If you think otherwise, you may need to put the tabloids down!)
At Lotus, we know that significantly reducing diastasis will not only address aesthetic concerns, but also more importantly, it will improve inner core strength and stability. This will give you more power to pick up your newborn; more control over your pelvic floor; and less pain in your lower back – among relief from other symptoms resulting from DRA.
Our Founder, Sophia Cannonier, is certified in techniques to prevent, diagnose and strengthen the core to reduce diastasis. From direct work with our clients, here are her two biggest takeaways concerning Diastasis Recti:
1. It’s preventable.
What do we mean by this? We mean that all women can prevent the severity of the diastasis they experience. Diastasis, to a degree, is necessary to create enough space for the baby and for the mom’s organs to continue functioning properly. However, by participating in core strength training during your pregnancy, you can prepare your connective tissue to stretch without necessarily weakening or tearing it.
Please note: Strength training during pregnancy and postpartum recovery does not include Pilates. In fact, Sophia advises that Pilates should not be done during pregnancy to prevent DRA.
2. It can be healed.
Perhaps you’ve never heard of Diastasis Recti up until now, or you’ve simply had other things on your mind (like… raising a baby?!), and it fell to the wayside. The good news is this: It can be healed. No matter where you are in your postpartum recovery, there’s still plenty of time to address DRA. At Lotus, we’ve had clients begin DRA work directly after giving birth, while others have started years after discovering their condition.