So today I’m going to explain to you what belly separation is, or you may have heard of it as diastasis recti or diastasis. This referring to your abdominal muscle which start right up here in your sternum, in between your ribs and all the way down to your pubic bone. So, this goes right down the front of our body and during pregnancy these muscles have to stretch quite a bit to make room for a growing baby. So, they elongate this long way so that the belly can move outwards and sometimes towards the end of pregnancy, the skin or the body tries to create more space and the muscles start to move more outwards apart from each other. And this is what the belly separation is referring to. So that’s a natural part of growing a human and sometimes they all come back together naturally post natal, however some people struggle for whatever reason to get those muscles to come back together. Now you don’t always know that you have it. Its not always picked up at GP check-ups so we do usually advise you seek a women’s health physio’s advice before returning to sport just to check you’re doing the right thing to help support your core and work those muscles correctly. Let us know if you have any questions.
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