Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRA) -
your abs have shifted apart.
DRA is a widening of the gap between the rectus abdominus muscle at the linea alba. The linea alba is connective tissue running down the middle of the abdomen between the sides of the rectus abdominus muscle. It can stretch and weaken during pregnancy. This reduced tension in the linea alba can lead to the abdominal muscles shifting apart and working less effectively.
Most women develop DRA towards the end of their pregnancy
DRA will usually narrow on its own early postpartum, but the amount of narrowing and improvement in connective tissue integrity varies significantly between women
Pelvic physiotherapists can assess if you have a DRA and check for a co-occurring pelvic floor dysfunction. We can provide you with core and pelvic floor retraining exercises to help you feel strong and functional. We'll give you education on what may help optimize your recovery.