Rectus Diastasis

Rectus Abdominus (the six pack)Rectus diastasis is the separation of the abdominal wall muscles during pregnancy or child birth. Normally the two bands of your rectus abdominus (the muscle at the front of your tummy) muscle run parallel or with up to a 1cm gap from the bottom of your rib cage to the top of your pubic bone. However the term diastasis is used when theses muscles separate greater than a distance of 2cm above or below your umbilicus (or belly button). This is due to the muscles being stretched to accommodate your baby. Multiple births may increase your risk of this happening. If you have this condition you should avoid aggressive abdominal exercises until the gap decreases. Physiotherapy and Pilates are very effective ways to overcome this, through strengthening your abdominal muscles.