June 29, 2017 by Team @ Physio On Miller
Abdominal Separation After Pregnancy – How Physio Can Help
Abdominal separation after pregnancy is very common. It is also know as Diastasis of Rectus Abdominis Muscle and refers to the separation of the two sides of your rectus abdominis during pregnancy.
This can occur as your baby grows and the uterus expands it pushes the muscles apart which over time lengthens them. Most women would not notice any issues but you may notice a small bulge developing above and below your belly button.
Once you have given birth this separation generally returns to normal within a couple of months. If this is still present after this then it may increase your risk of back pain as you do not have the support from your abdominal muscles. Following giving birth you may have your separation checked in hospital otherwise one of the team at Physio on Miller will be happy to do this for you.
Generally, the separation is measured in fingers. A one-two finger separation is not too much of a
problem but if your separation is larger or has not reduced within two months speak to one of our
physiotherapists. It is important that you avoid exercises that over work the rectus abdominis (outer
abdominal layer) and that you build the strength of your deep abdominals and pelvic floor muscles.
One of our team of physios will be able to advise you as to exercises that are safe for you to complete.