During pregnancy, the rectus abdominis muscles, AKA 6-pack abs, are stretched by the baby growing in the expanding uterus. Diastasis recti (DR), occurs in up to 60% of women during pregnancy or postpartum when their abdomen muscles completely or partially separate.
It’s not just women during pregnancy—any of us can get this condition if we over-strain our abdomens by lifting something heavy, with bad exercise form, or by going too hard on leg day.
It’s not just appearance—diastasis recti can also cause lower back pain, constipation, and bloating.
It is possible that DR will fully or partially mend over time. It’s important to visit a doctor to be diagnosed and given a recovery and/or rehab plan.
With a medical professional’s approval, EMSculpt treatments can help treat DR. As EMSculpt strengthens the ab muscles, they re-connect.
More about diastasis from BTL, the makers of EMSculpt.