Did you know that Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates, had a Diastasis Recti? Also, Elle “The Body” MacPherson also had this abdominal separation and worked to prevent it during her pregnancy and correct it post-pregnancy.
A Diastasis Recti is more than just a poochy belly post baby, and the appearance of being pregnant long after you have given birth. While the “mummy tummy” is a motivating factor for a lot of women, including myself, to correct the abdominal separation, there are a lot of risks that can occur down the road if your Diastasis goes undiagnosed and uncorrected. Some of these side effects include lower back problems, urinary incontinence, and potential trauma to the abdomen since the connective tissue has been weakened. 3 out of 10 mothers have a Diastasis Recti to some degree and don’t even know it!
Here is a video on how to check if you have a Diastasis Recti by Julie Tupler, founder of the Tupler Technique (fast forward to 7 minutes, 15 seconds)