Rectus Diastasis Consultation

All pregnant women will develop a degree of abdominal separation (Rectus Diastasis) during their third trimester of pregnancy. It is a normal physiological change that happens to the tummy wall which makes room for the growth of the baby.

Rectus Diastasis - MEPS

What is Rectus Diastasis?

Also known as a “tummy gap” is the separation of the abdominal muscles this is the stretching and thinning of the soft tissue in the centre of the abdomen which divides the right and left half of the abdominal muscles. It occurs in the 3rd trimester and is considered a normal effect of pregnancy as it occurs in 66% of women.

What to expect during a consultation.

During a rectus diastasis consultation, your practitioner will typically ask about your medical history, including any previous pregnancies or surgeries, and any symptoms you are experiencing. They will also perform a physical examination, which may include palpating the abdominal muscles to feel for a separation.

Based on the findings of the consultation and any tests that are performed, the your practitioner will recommend a treatment plan, which may include exercises to strengthen the abdominal muscles, physical therapy, or surgery in severe cases. It is important to follow the recommended treatment plan to help correct the rectus diastasis and improve abdominal function.

MEPS has several physiotherapists who specialise in the treatment of Diastasis Recti and are trained to assess the degree of separation and teach the correct exercises to help resolve it. We will monitor your progress and can give advice about when you will be able to return to training safely.

Kathryn Levy - MEPS

We all need strong abdominals in order to move and exercise well, however not all exercise is created equal. Many women will overwork their tummy muscles in an effort to ‘close the gap’ which can make symptoms worse and delay healing even more. It is important to discuss your symptoms with a specialist postnatal physiotherapist. They can help assess your condition and plan your safe return to exercise. – Kathryn Levy (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

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