One component of the six-week postpartum visit is the assessment of the rectus abdominis muscles. Separation of these muscles is normal during pregnancy as the muscles and connective tissue stretch and thin to accommodate your baby. It can take several months for these muscles to begin to heal and move closer together after giving birth. For some individuals, the separation can remain significant, a condition called diastasis recti. This condition can lead to a weak core, back pain, and a stubborn postpartum belly. Fortunately, diastasis recti can be greatly improved or healed all together with the slow implementation of certain core stabilizing exercises.
First, it is helpful to
check for the degree of muscle separation. Lying on your back, lift your head and shoulders slightly off of the floor (like doing a mini crunch) and push your fingers down into your belly button. If your fingers sink into your abdomen…
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