Diastasis Recti- What is it and how can I heal it naturally?

Most women don't know that they have Diastasis Recti or even know what it is! Diastasis Recti is known as a separation of the rectus abdominus muscle. The separation is actually caused by a stretching of the fascial attachments surrounding the rectus sheath and most commonly occurs in women during pregnancy and even childbirth itself. It is important to know if you have it and what to do about it to alleviate/prevent back pain and to gain overall core strength. Diastasis can be corrected and Pilates is a GREAT way to connect to the correct muscles through breath and gentle exercises as early as 2-3 days after birth and some of these exercises can even be done during pregnancy to help make recovery a lot easier! It is important to understand DR so as to not jump back into exercises that could make the separation worse. 

Wellness Mama has a wonderful article about Diastasis Recti that includes ways to tell if you have it, what exercises to avoid, and other exercises that could help. I am a pre/postnatal Pilates Specialist and can help you identify if you have DR and what you can do to correct it and stay strong! Be sure to always check with your health care provider before doing any exercising, especially after a c-section.