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1. Every woman has it during late and post-pregnancy, and it may fix itself but it may not

Diastasis recti is common in the later stages of pregnancy, particularly second or subsequent pregnancies. 

In many cases, the abdominal muscles will come back together in the weeks following birth, but most of us need some targeted exercises to help this process along.

2. It looks like this

You may see a ‘pooching’ or ‘doming’ of your stomach, especially when coming up from a lying position on your back. Sometimes you appear still a few months pregnant. Your tummy might still “look” pregnant, many months or even years post-baby.

3. This is how you figure out if you have it

Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Lift your head and neck very slightly and press down with your fingertips. If you feel a gap, that’s the diastasis. You will feel the muscles close in around your fingers as you lift your head and neck. Don’t lift your shoulders. Repeat the test in two other places: directly over the belly button, and a couple of inches below.

4. It’s all about alignment and how you move around

‘Intra-abdominal pressure’ means pressure inside the abdomen and pelvis that your core muscles are designed to control. If our posture is not aligned optimally (how we sit, stand and move around) then our core muscles aren’t positioned to do their job and control this pressure. If your core muscles are weakened, they are also not able to perform as well as we want them to.

5. Your stomach muscles are not torn, broken, or split