Women’s Health

Abdominal separation (diastasis recti) is a condition that affects a large number - up to two-thirds - of pregnant women. It occurs when the gap between the left and right stomach muscles widens and the muscles lose their shape - leading to the appearance of a ‘pot belly’ or ‘pooch’.

Symptoms

  • A ‘pregnancy belly’ without, or after, having given birth
  • Lower back pain
  • Constipation
  • Urine leaking
  • Laborious breathing
  • Difficulty moving
  • Hernia

Causes

Pregnancy, specifically having more than one child, particularly within a fairly short period of time. Women who fall pregnant over the age of 35 and those expecting a heavy baby or more than one baby (twins, triplets etc) are also at risk. Diastasis recti can also be caused by yo-yo dieting and performing exercises such as sit-ups incorrectly.

Diagnosis

Abdominal Separation is fairly easy to determine and can be done through a clinical examination with ultrasonography used as a back up.

Treatment

In severe cases, surgery - a tummy tuck - can be used to correct the appearance of the stomach, although this will have no effect on the function. The JC Rejuvenation and Wellness team of specialists use a number of different approaches, including targeted methods and therapies to treat and rectify abdominal separation by strengthening the connective tissue that holds the uterus, bowels and other organs in place.

To find out more about the treatments and therapies we offer at JC Rejuvenation and Wellness for women’s health issues including diastasis recti, please get in touch today.