July is Diastasis Recti Awareness month, and there is certainly more awareness needed on this issue! The information available can be confusing, conflicting, and lacking research-based evidence. Here are the main things I want all moms to know about diastasis rectus abdominus (DRA).
DRA refers to the separation of the rectus abdominus, or the “six-pack” portion of the abs. During pregnancy, the connective tissue between the muscle groups (called the linea alba) expands to allow for the growing baby. After pregnancy, the amount of separation that remains varies widely among women.
Jill Heath is a licensed physical therapist and owner of She PT, LLC. She received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and B.S. in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University. During years of practice helping individuals of all ages recover from a variety of conditions, she developed a passion for working with women. She opened She PT, LLC with the purpose of meeting not only the unique physical needs of women, but also empowering women to take charge of their well-being by making care accessible.