What causes symptoms of Diastasis Recti?

When the connective tissue or linea alba and muscles in your abdomen are weakened or stretched, you experience the symptoms of Diastasis Recti.

This connective tissue stretching can happen due to the following issues:

  • Poor postural loading: Refers to the incorrect alignment and positioning of the body during activities that put stress on the abdominal muscles. When we engage in certain movements or maintain poor posture for extended periods, it can lead to increased tension and strain on the abdominal muscles. This can contribute to the development or exacerbation of diastasis recti.
  • Poor Breathing Patterns: When we don’t breathe properly, it can affect the functioning of the diaphragm (a muscle located below the lungs that helps us breathe) and put unnecessary strain on the abdominal area. This includes chest breathing, shallow breathing, bracing (holding your breath) when doing physical exercises
  • Pregnancy: Diastasis recti commonly occurs during pregnancy because the growing baby puts pressure on the abdominal muscles and stretches the connective tissue. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also affect the elasticity of the muscles and connective tissue.
  • Rapid Weight Gain: Significant weight gain, not necessarily related to pregnancy, can strain the abdominal muscles and lead to diastasis recti. This can happen when someone gains weight quickly or carries excess weight in the abdominal area.
  • Incorrect Exercising: Certain exercises, particularly those that put excessive strain on the abdominal muscles, can contribute to diastasis recti. Examples include intense core exercises or weightlifting techniques that involve improper form and excessive pressure on the abdominal wall.

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