What is a Diastasis Recti?

Real talk about closing the gap.

Dr. Stephanie Stamas
Dr. Stephanie Stamas
Stephanie is a physical therapist in New York City specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction and the founder of Chelsea Method.
Last updated
January 26, 2023

Diastasis Recti (aka Mummy Tummy or Diastasis Recti Abdominis) is a widening of the midline abdominal fascia, or connective tissue, called the linea alba. This connective tissue is a thickening of fascia in the front and middle of the abdominal wall that serves as an anchor for your abdominal muscles. For a better visual - it is the center vertical line of the six-pack muscles. During pregnancy, the abdomen widens creating a tensile stretch on our linea alba, leading to a natural widening. Almost 100% of women will have a diastasis recti during pregnancy with a majority naturally resolving within the first 6 month after having a baby. For mamas that the gap doesn’t close on its own, guided exercises focused on pressure system regulation, recreating fascial tension for force-load transfer and abdominal wall strengthening can be very beneficial. 

Chelsea Method will help you identify if you have a diastasis recti and teach you how to monitor for a bulge throughout the program so you can safely rebuild a strong and stable core.

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