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 gap the fingers will sink into the abdominal cavity, indicating the laxity in the underlying fascial sheath. If the fascia is healthy, the fingers would spring back.
  • 1-2 fingers’ width soon after the birth is normal and will tighten over time with some modifications to exercise.
  • 3 or more fingers’ width means steps must be taken to close the gap.