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How do you know if you have diastasis recti?

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CATHY_CRAM_MS
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8/21/10 10:20 A

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Don't worry about a diastasis recti-as I posted below, it's a normal occurance during pregnancy to allow room for the baby to grow. Every pregnant woman will have some degree of thinning and widening of the connective tissue that joins the two halves of the recti muscles. The degree of separation depends on genetics, number of pregnancies and amount of weight gain during pregnancy.
It's important to keep your core strong and the exercises at the link I've posted below are a great way to target your abs without stressing your low back or midline.
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Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.

Cathy also provides Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Information and certification courses to Healthcare Professionals. Click here to learn more.

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8/19/10 11:40 A

 
 
Great question. I have been so worried about this as I still workout regularly, but have been kind of neglecting abs. Have no idea whether I have diastasis recti or not and almost don't want to know! LOL. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing. Hope to get my abs back after giving birth!

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8/11/10 12:36 P

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You intuitively figured out that posture plays a big role in maintaining comfort during pregnancy! When you stand tall with shoulders back your body is aligned correctly and you can avoid problems that occur when compressing your ribs and abdomen by slouching.
Here's a good stretch for posture:
Stand with your back against a wall and arms at your sides with palms facing out. Take a big breath and slowly raise your arms up, keeping them touching the wall as your raise and exhale. Reach as far up as you can without your hands coming off the wall and hold. Take another breath and slowly lower your arms back down.
Repeat several times throughout the day.
Cathy


Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.

Cathy also provides Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Information and certification courses to Healthcare Professionals. Click here to learn more.

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8/10/10 2:53 P

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Thanks for your input, both of you! Oddly enough I haven't had any of the pain since posting this originally, and when I spoke with my midwife about it she said it's because it's my second baby and everything has been loosened up already. I don't know. I saw a chiropractor for a consult a month ago but he was out of my price range, and my insurance (Kaiser) doesn't cover it. I'm not sure if it's in my head or not, but I have found that good posture seems to be helping me.


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8/9/10 10:17 P

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A diastasis recti is just a thinning and widening of the connective tissue between the two halves of the recti muscle. Every pregnant woman will have some degree of seperation, and it's a normal response that allows room for your baby to grow.
There typically isn't any pain or discomfort associated with a diastasis recti, so I would check out your pain with your doctor. If it's higher on your abdomen it could be from your ribs, as the joints can become stressed from the change in body shape, and when they articulate there can be some clicking or popping sound, as well as pain with movement.
A physical therapist referral is a good idea for you, so if your doctor isn't able to determine the cause you may want to ask for a PT referral.
Keep me posted on how you're doing.
Cathy


Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.

Cathy also provides Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Information and certification courses to Healthcare Professionals. Click here to learn more.

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8/7/10 3:24 P

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I ask because several times since I've been pregnant this time around (baby #2) I have felt weird feelings in my abdominal area when I've accidentally made twisting motions. It's NOT typical round lig pain, which I am very familiar with. It's in my upper abs, usually in my left side, and sometimes feels like a tingling. This morning while putting my toddler in his car seat I heard a little "pop" sound and felt a zing in my abs again, and a strange tingling sensation. I know I am not describing this well. Anyway, I've been a little paranoid about this. (Silly, I know.) Is it something that if you have it you just KNOW, or could I have it and not even know til much later? I have well defined abs, but they're covered in "fluff" right now so it's hard to tell. TIA!


Crystal (27) + Keith (28) = Jeffrey Daniel (3-27-09) & Chloe Michelle (10-11-10)

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