Updated: Apr 1, 2020
When it comes to diastasis recti, there is a whole lot of panic and confusion. I want to address some of the most common questions I get regarding diastasis and clear up misunderstandings and myths.
Will a corset or belly binder heal my diastasis? Many women like the extra feeling of support after a baby and there are physio recommended garments that can help. However, while it may feel good to wear a support, in and of itself it cannot heal diastasis recti. ⠀
Will specific, traditional core exercises (planking, crunches, etc.) heal my diastasis recti? When choosing exercising to heal diastasis the how and why are as important as the what. There are no specific exercises that will automatically heal diastasis. The magic lies in how you perform them and whether or not they are appropriate for your individual body.⠀
What should I avoid? Again, this varies from woman to woman. Generally, you should address any exercise that causes your symptoms such as pain or coning of the abdomen. Is there another way you can perform the exercise? Can you change up your strategies? Do you need to modify? ⠀
I'm pregnant. Can I prevent diastasis recti? While there are certain precautions you can take, especially in pregnancy, there is no guarantee that you can prevent diastasis. We can only control what we can and give our body the best chance and supports possible.
Want more? I was a guest on the My Evolved Life podcast where we dove even deeper into diastasis. Listen here and on other major podcast platforms, such as Spotify.