Understanding Diastasis Recti

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Women have a higher risk of diastasis with subsequent pregnancies, pregnancies with a large baby or [with] extra amniotic fluid, or if they are pregnant with twins or triplets.

Abdominal separation, or diastasis recti, is a common condition that happens to pregnant women. Though it sounds scary, there is really no need for concern. 

“Diastasis means that the right and left abdominal muscles are separating, but the fascia (the deep, thick connective tissue) is intact,” explained Dr. Camaryn Chrisman Robbins, a Washington University graduate and an OB-GYN at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

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Basically, in cases of diastasis recti, the “6-pack” muscles that run down the center of the stomach have split into predominant halves, one on the left and one on the right. The difference between diastasis and a hernia is, during a hernia, the fascia actually separates as well, so the lining around the intestines has a space through which to push out.

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