Yes, it is normal to go HUH when a scientific name gets thrown in the heading :P.
I have been wondering alot on this situation and concluded myself that all women who goes through a pregnancy phase cannot run away from their abs widening. Why we can't feel it of course is the 'relaxin' hormones that preps up for women to bear a new being in them.
That's why you get alot of people fussing 'take care ok, be careful ok' etc.
Even doing anything that works our rectus abdominis aka our abs we see physically, will encourage diastisis! I thought plank and push ups are ok but nooooooooo, there is more to that.
So what are the exercises that us bearing little ones can do to aid ourselves from the nagging pains and gear ourselves for labour?? Check out the last two questions. It does get rather frustrating. That shall be covered in the next post or if you're sharp enough the author below will let you know :)
The author below explains the best along with the links she provide. Super uber useful. Enjoy!
Courtesy of fit2be mom who has got 7 kids! And befitmom who gives a good explanation about what it is =) plus lion mom rawr
What is Diastasis Recti?First, an anatomy overview. The rectus abdominis muscles are the abdominal muscles running down the center of our bellies. The left and right side of these muscles are joined together by connective tissue, called the linea alba.
Diastasis recti, or abdominal muscle separation, is the separation of the left and right sides of the abdominal muscles. Many women call this condition “mummy tummy.”
Who’s at Risk for Diastasis Recti?It’s common for babies to be born with diastasis recti, especially premature babies. Usually no intervention is required and the gap will close gradually as the baby grows. Later in life the risk of developing diastasis recti increases for adults who:
1. are overweight in the abdominal area;
2. lift heavy weights incorrectly;
3. perform excessive and inappropriate abdominal muscle exercises;
4. are pregnant.
How Common is Diastasis Recti in Pregnancy?Every woman’s abdominal muscles widen and stretch during pregnancy. This is what the muscles were designed to do. The condition diastasis recti occurs when the abdominal muscles separate or do not close after pregnancy. Health professionals may use different methods of diagnosing diastasis recti. Some consider any gap width diastasis recti and others may look for a gap wider than 1 – 3 cm. Studies have shown that between 35 – 62% of women have diastasis recti postpartum.
There are many websites reporting that 90% of women are experiencing diastasis recti during pregnancy. This is simply not the case and there is no research to support this. As stated, the stretching of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy is a perfectly natural occurrence. The gap will usually close naturally 6-8 weeks postpartum. If it does not, this is when you need to consider treatment.
Now here’s the kicker: It’s often the pushing phase that makes DR way worse! You can go all pregnancy with little to no DR and then have a traumatic birth with a long, arduous pushing phase where you’re bearing down all wrong, or you might have a surgical birth where your abs get sliced apart, doing major nerve damage, and that’s where the DR happens. More on that below…
What Increases the Risk of Developing Diastasis Recti in Pregnancy?Diastasis recti usually develops in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. This is a pressure related condition, from the force of your uterus pushing up against the back of your abdominal wall. Factors that increase a pregnant woman’s risk of abdominal muscle separation are:
1. excessive weight gain during pregnancy,
2. older maternal age (over 35),
3. multiple pregnancies,
4. close successive pregnancies (within one year),
5. pregnancies with multiples,
6. anterior pelvic tilt.