Diastasis Rectus Abdominus

100% of women will have a diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) from 35 weeks into their pregnancy.

Approximately 1/3 of women have some presentation of diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) after 6 weeks postnatal.

DRA looks like a gap in the middle of your tummy above and below the umbilical cord. Sometimes it can present with like a cone shape in the middle, referred to as doming.

To conduct a thorough assessment of your DRA and the depth of your connective tissue, your specialist pelvic health physiotherapist will use real-time ultrasound and palpation techniques. You should not be scared or anxious about DRA. There is a lot we can do at LWF to reduce your fears and change the bias that is usually associated with DRA. With the right approach and professional management, a guided return to your exercise of choice is possible. Living your life limitlessly! Depending on your presentation, your specialist pelvic health physiotherapist might:

  • recommend short term to give support to the abdomen I.e tubilar support
  • provide manual therapy to aid with muscle groups that might be working too hard
  • provide education regarding good gut, bladder and bowel habits
  • provide advice regarding specific lifestyle changes
  • provide you with a prescriptive rehabilitation program that loads the deep abdominal muscles appropriately alongside breath working co contraction of pelvic floor.