8) What Is A Diastasis And How Can It Be Avoided? |
A diastasis is a separation of the two halves of the rectus abdominus, the outermost layer of the abdominals. The separation occurs above and below the navel and is caused as the growing baby pushes out on the mother's belly, separating the two halves and often causing low back pain.
Abdominal exercises which train the innermost layer of the abdominals, the transverse abdominus, can prevent diastasis or repair one that has already occurred. In so doing, mothers can help avoid or correct back problems which are commom during pregnancy as well as dramatically aid in postpartum recovery: a strong transverse abdominus significantly helps mothers reduce their postpartum tummies and fit into their prepregnancy clothes sooner.
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