What I know now about Abdominal Separation (Diastasis Recti) during pregnancy

I’m putting a disclaimer right up the top. Please note, I am not a physiotherapist or personal trainer, I am simply sharing what I’ve learnt from my recent pregnancy about Abdominal Separation (Diastasis Recti) prevention and care.

Diastasis Recti is something I feel passionate about – particularly that there could be more awareness of the effects on a woman’s body during and post pregnancy.

This blog covers; what is Diastasis Recti, how to use your body and exercises to do, and avoid.

The following blog will cover how I’m repairing Diastasis Recti, so, FOLLOW my blog by clicking FOLLOW at the bottom right of this page to receive notification of when the next post is up. There will be free exercise examples and resources.


What is Diastasis Recti (DR)?

Definition: Diastasis recti is a fairly common condition of pregnancy and postpartum in which the right and left halves of Rectus Abdominis muscle spread apart at the body’s mid line fascia, the linea alba.

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It’s just “see you later” for now, but not goodbye gym…. πŸ˜’

The time has come for me to listen to my body, stop training and rest. You just know it’s time right?!
It has been incredible to work out twice a week up until 36 weeks pregnant as it’s such a big part of my life and who I am. Training has been ‘different’ and bump has kept me challenged, but I have learnt so much about the female body during pregnancy and what can be achieved. Plus – a few new exercises and variations (nothing wrong with that hey!).

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Pregnancy Workout – 33 weeks

Personal Trainer, Rose Watson has been keeping me fit, working out with her twice a week has been amazing. Not only am I working on my strength and conditioning for my upcoming birth marathon (did I mention my last labour was 32 hours long?), but it is also amazing to have time away from “mum duties”. It’s always fun working out with Rose (how am I going to cope waiting for my body to repair before returning….)?!?

Here’s another pregnancy workout:

Circuit (Repeat 3x through)

  • Romanian deadlift dbell x12
  • Walking lunge (about 50 total per set)
  • Abductor band walk (about 30-40 per side per set)

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