Diastasis Recti & Exercise



Diastasis recti is the partial or complete separation of the rectus abdominis, or “six-pack” muscles, which meet at the midline of your stomach. Diastasis recti is very common during and following pregnancy with research stating that almost 2/3 of women will experience it during pregnancy and up to 40% will still have it up to 12 months post natal. Until recently, very little research has been done in this area and therefore, it has been an unknown area in relation to exercise guidelines and management of the condition. Thanks to the work of some amazing women’s health physios and researchers, we are now seeing more studies being published helping inform both exercise and health care practitioners with how we can support women with Diastasis Recti.
Women no longer need to suffer in silence or be told (as I was) that “this is just something that happens when you have a baby, you need to get used to it”. The evidence is now helping us provide structured, safe and effective exercises that can support women not only with the condition, but also with the co existing symptoms (physical and mental) that are associated with the condition.

This presentation aims to give you an updated overview of what is diastasis recti and how we as practitioners can assess women for the condition and determine severity. We will also look at what the latest research is telling us and how we can practically apply this with our patients/clients in terms of exercise and daily activities. We will discuss what approaches we can take to treatment and management of the condition and the importance of working with qualified fitness professionals.

Presented by Claire Gregory