Can Physical Therapy Help Rectus Abdominis Diastasis Following Pregnancy?

There are a lot of Pinterest graphics and program ads on Facebook aimed at new moms with Diastasis Rectus Abdominus, otherwise known as “Mummy Tummy”. That is probably because approximately 53% of new moms experience Diastasis Recti after pregnancy. Most women are concerned about how their tummy looks. That’s important for self-esteem and confidence but the abdominal wall is important for trunk stability, pelvic stability and posture.  Problems and deficiencies in this core area can cause a myriad of problems, including severe back pain.
Start to get back in shape with a Postnatal Flow led by Liza Janda Or Nothing But Core 2 yoga class with Claire Petretti Marti

Studies have been done, but more studies need to be done to find out the best solution and/or prevention for Diastasis Recti postpartum.

Real Life DRA (Diastasis Rectus Abdominis)

See this true story from a physiotherapist who gave birth at home to an 11lb. 3 oz baby!

Diastasis Recti: A Solution

If 53% of Pregnant women end up with Diastasis Recti, the they need a solution. Kinesiotape is the best invention since phyical therapy! Kinesiology tape can make a big difference in comfort, support, and getting back into exercise, inaddition to being able to pick up your kid without pain!

During pregnancy you can tape up your tummy like this: And postpartum you can tape up your tummy with longer pieces of kinesiology tape in a criss cross fashion or you can use a belly binder.