What Is A Diastasis Recti (Abdominal Separation)?
A diastasis recti, also known as an abdominal separation, is a stretching and thinning of the linea alba, which is a line of connective tissue down the center of the rectus abdominis (6 pack) muscle. It is measured in finger widths, or more accurately, centimeters, and can be as small as one centimeter across and larger than 10. The rectus abdominis runs from the ribcage down to your pubic bone down the center of your trunk. The linea alba also spans this distance and can separate anywhere along its length in varying sizes of separation. A diastasis recti is often associated with the distressing post baby 'mummy tummy', as it can result in the abdominal organs not being held in properly. It tends to go hand in hand with a weak core and pelvic floor.