Diastasis Recti (sometimes called Rectus Distension) is a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle which affects many mothers. Self test and exercises for Diastasis Recti and how it affects your core strength are discussed in detail on this blog.
But I often find myself urging women not to get too hung up on Diastasis Recti as the sole cause of all their tummy woes. Women bind their stomachs and spend hours on repetitious exercises when what’s needed is a focus more on learning to use your core and pelvic floor muscles correctly – whilst performing ALL exercises and movement – that will bring back the muscles as far as possible. This is precisely what the MUTU System programs do.
It’s the ‘as far as possible’ which is important.
A Diastasis Recti is not always going to come back together completely. The important thing to remember is that it doesn’t always need to. Pelvic stability, strength and correct alignment are what will give you a flatter, stronger stomach, and this is perfectly possible after having babies… even with a small gap remaining between the muscles. A strong mid-line (the connective tissue that stretches between the 2 section of muscle) should be the focus, rather than obsessing over completely closing the gap.
I often advocate a ‘healthy respect for Mother Nature’ when putting our bodies back together again after giving birth. The Lady’s been doing it a long time ;) and stretching to make room for our babies is not a design fault – it’s just physiology and logistics!