How do I check for diastasis recti?

To check for a diastasis in the postpartum client Lie supine with the feet on the floor and the knees bent. Arms are by the sides. Place your two fingers horizontally into the stomach just below the navel. Inhale. Exhale and have the client raise her head just off the floor. If there is a … Read more

How do I prevent diastasis recti during pregnancy?

There are some guidelines to performing abdominal exercise during pregnancy, one of which is to refrain from doing any kind of “sit up” after the first trimester. Excessive strengthening of the abdominals even through exercise like spinning or other intense programs are also not recommended.

How to spot diastasis recti

While you are pregnant, it is easy to see if you have suffered from a split in your midline (rectus abdominus). There will be a defined bulge protruding causing your rounded pregnant belly to look more “coned” shape. – See more at:

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

Yes, it is both safe AND beneficial to exercise during your pregnancy. What type of exercise you do is dependent on what type of birth you are choosing to have. If you just want to remain fit and strong during your pregnancy and don’t have a birth plan as such, any moderate exercise like swimming, … Read more

Pubic bone separation (pubis symphasis derangement)

Pubic bone separation may occur during pregnancy when there is trauma to the pelvis, such as a sudden fall, a quick movement of the leg away from the body or a gradual stretching of the ligament surrounding the bone. Trauma during the birth itself may cause this condition. Care should be taken while exercising and … Read more

What are some essential exercises for birth preparation?

These would include the strengthening and stretching of the pelvic floor and creating supple muscle strength in the muscle groups surrounding the pelvis. This includes the Gluts, Abdominals, Hip ab/adductors and Back Extensors.

When is it safe to exercise after the birth?

It depends on how you define “exercise”. If you run or spin, or regularly work out with weights, then your best bet is to wait at least 6 weeks before you begin. But if your definition of exercise is actually movement- then you may begin within hours of your birth with simple movements that include … Read more