Diastasis Recti: In the process of motherhood, pregnancy, giving birth, and raising children, we learn many new concepts that we could not define before. Vaginal tearing, sitz bath, and unfortunately for many of us diastasis recti or DRA.
What is Diastasis Recti?
According to the Mayo Clinic, it is defined as follows from a medical perspective:
“The uterus that grows during pregnancy stretches the abdominal muscles. This causes the separation of two large parallel muscle fibers that come together in the middle of the abdomen, and this is called diastasis recti. Diastasis recti can cause abdominal swelling at the point where the two muscles separate.
To put it in the mother’s mouth, this discomfort causes the belly that does not disappear after the birth even though the weight of the baby is gone, and the question of when you will give birth even though you have a two-year-old child.
Although you have the same height and weight as before pregnancy, it is what causes jeans not to fit, and in extreme cases, diastasis can also cause abdominal pain and pelvic problems.
Belly and sneezing after baby voiding syndromes can also accompany this ailment and are generally not talked about by mothers. We share advice on toilet training for the child but are somewhat hesitant to open postpartum issues regarding abdominal, urinary tract, and pelvic problems.
Most of us are likely to encounter this ailment in some way because statistically, 98% of women have diastasis after childbirth. Diastasis may have a higher risk in women compared to the number of pregnancies, multiple births, and current abdominal problems.
It should also be noted that although diastasis rectin is more common in pregnant women, it is mainly related to internal abdominal pressure and although it increases during pregnancy, it is not directly caused by pregnancy. Therefore, men and children can also experience this ailment, especially after surgery and injuries.
Fortunately, this ailment has become known recently, and there are many resources that can be a solution for mild cases.