I was a little shocked and bummed that I never heard of diastasis recti or ab separation until after my babies were born. Both pregnancies and birth plans were very different. The first took a more medical approach and the second took a more holistic approach. But neither prepared me or warned me about diastasis recti.
I was an active yogi during my second pregnancy - still practicing inversions and arm balances and I was aware that core work was off limits. But what I didn't know was the damage I could do by not being more careful and aware of my changing mom bod.
I had no idea that I could play a huge role in separating my abdominals and damaging my core.
After my second was born, I noticed when I leaned back and engaged my core that my stomach looked odd but I didn't think anything of it. It wasn't until I did my Buti Yoga certification that I heard of diastasis recti from my instructor. She explained her story and then in all made sense.
Holy shit! How did I not know about this! And come to find out... most of my mom friends were not aware of this either!
So I did my research and wrote a little diddi for YogiApproved.com to help mamas become more aware of diastasis recti and how to treat it.
Check out my two articles below.
Diastasis Recti - How to Avoid Ab Separation and How to Heal
Diastasis Recti Recovery: 10 Yoga Poses + Tips to Help New Moms Heal