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Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti | Ab Separation | Emsculpt + Other Treatments

Abdominal separation, technically known as Diastasis Recti, refers to the separation of the two vertical muscle groups (rectus abdominis) that make up the abs in the center of the abdomen pull apart and detach from the midline,” explains Dr. Julia Edelman of New England Center for Body Sculpting. It typically results in the third trimester when the growing baby strains the abdominal muscles beyond their limits. “Between 30% to 60% of pregnant women experience some degree of diastasis recti,” says Dr. Edelman. Severe cases may affect the patient’s confidence and result in health problems, such as back pain.

Fortunately there are many treatments for abdominal separation.  Continuing reading to learn more about this condition and available treatments for Diastasis recti.

Diastasis Recti 101

The rectus abdominis is the largest abdominal muscle. It forms a section of the abdominal wall which supports the uterus, intestines, and other organs. Furthermore, rectus abdominis supports the lower back and pelvis by taking weight off of these regions.

Diastasis Recti and Pregnancy

The majority of women who give birth experience some degree of Diastasis recti, usually in the third trimester of pregnancy. The growing baby strains the abdominal wall, causing the center ab muscles thin, stretch, and weaken. Eventually the compromised muscle detach from the tissue connecting the two vertical muscle groups together.

Diastasis recti are more common in women with previous cesarean sections, women pregnant with multiples, or women who have previously given birth.

Diastasis recti is more likely to happen if:

  • the woman has given birth previously
  • the woman is pregnant with multiples
  • the woman has previously had a cesarean section

Abdominal Separation Complications

For most women, abdominal separation resolves itself as the muscles repair themselves. This typically happens within a couple months after giving birth.

“For some women, the separation is several and medical intervention is required,” says Dr. Edelman. Survey results suggest that 45% of new mothers report at least mild cases of diastasis recti six months after giving birth.

Severe abdominal separation may lead to cosmetic concerns, as a prominent ridge begins to protrude from the mideline. Health concerns are also possible. Diastasis rectic can cause lower back pain that may extend to the pelvic region and hips. Ab separation may also cause incpontinence, constipation, and discomfort during sex.

Diastasis Recti Treatments

There are several treatments for abdominal separation. Continue reading to learn more about diastasis recti and discover which treatment is right for you.


Or learn more by contacting Dr. Julia Edelman of the New England Center for Body Sculpting to schedule a free consultation about your options for improving abdominal separation. Contact Dr. Edelman online by filling out the form below. Or call 508 947-2852 today to schedule a consult.


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