One of the biggest issues with diastasis recti is that the appearance of it differs from person to person. Quite often a diastasis recti goes unnoticed, without painful symptoms, or even worse, is seen as a personal flaw, especially with women postpartum.
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Rectus abdominis separation can lead to a stomach bulge (aka stomach pooch), pelvic floor issues, unnatural posture, and stomach and back pain. The symptoms of diastasis recti include but are not limited to:
- Abdominal Bulge
- Abdominal Gaping
- Lower Back Pain
- Sensation of Bloatedness without Bloat
- Poor Posture
- Constipation & Bloat
- Doming or invagination of the linea alba when performing crunches or other traditional ab exercises
- Difficulty with everyday activities due to a lack of core function
Unless you have a low body fat percentage or have an overly toned core with a visible 6-pack, it is very hard to diagnose a diastasis recti on appearance alone. The linea alba lies beneath the fat layer of your abdomen, so it cannot be seen. Many people have a diastasis recti for years before learning they have it.
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