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Do You Have a Diastasis Recti?

Wow! We had an amazing response to our last blog post about rehabbing the mummy tummy. If you missed it, please check out our take on the importance of considering many factors when rehabilitating the postpartum core and/or diastasis recti, before reading on.

Diastasis recti is a separation of the abdominal muscles that commonly happens with pregnancy. For some women this separation heals back up without much effort after delivery. However, many women still have a diastasis recti months or years after delivery.

“How do I know if I have a diastasis recti?” This is a question that we get asked all the time. There is a simple test that you can perform yourself to determine if you have a separation of your abdominal muscles? Check out our quick how-to video.

How to Test for a Diastasis Recti?

So, did you perform the test? Do you have a separation of the abdominal muscles? If you had trouble telling if you had a diastasis recti, please contact us at Legacy Physical Therapy for a free discovery session to help you.

Or maybe you performed the test and you realized that you do have a diastasis recti. Now what? There are things that you can do to rehab your core whether you are 6 weeks, 6 months, or 6 years postpartum. Call us to discuss your findings with one of our experienced women’s health physical therapists. We are here to help.



  1. Nikki on August 15, 2017 at 9:44 am

    If you didn’t have diastasic recti, would no fingers would go down? Or in other words, any fingers that can push in would mean you have diastasic recti?

    • Brooke Kalisiak on August 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Yes, if any fingers sink in the you have a diastasis.

  2. Matha on August 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

    You showed how test for it, however, you didn’t make it clear on what it means when the finger sinks above, below and in the belly button …. is that an indication of separation?

    • Brooke Kalisiak on August 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Sorry for any confusion. Yes, if your fingers sink in at, below, or above the belly button then you have a separation.

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