Diastasis recti (also known as abdominal separation) is commonly defined as a gap of roughly 2.7 cm or greater between the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle. According to wikipedia the two most common people that suffer from Diastasis Recti are newborns and Pregnant women.
- In pregnant or postpartum women, the condition is caused by the stretching of the rectus abdominis by the growing uterus. When the defect occurs during pregnancy, the uterus can sometimes be seen bulging through the abdominal wall beneath the skin.
- Women are more susceptible to develop diastasis recti when over the age of 35, high birth weight of child, multiple birth pregnancy, and multiple pregnancies. Additional causes can be attributed to excessive abdominal exercises after the first trimester of pregnancy
- Lower your hips toward the floor as you bend your knees, allowing your upper body to hinge forward slightly. Keep your core muscles contracted and maintain a neutral (not rounded or arched) spine. Pause at the bottom of the move.
- Step forward with your right foot, planting your heel and bending your right knee until your thigh is nearly parallel with the floor. Bend your left knee toward the ground. Most of your weight should be on your front leg. Pause at the bottom of the move.
- Tuck your pelvis under as you lift your hips off the floor, and contract your gluteal muscles and rectus abdominis.
- Exhale and round your spine upward, allowing your head to descend toward the floor without forcing it.