Diastasis Recti: What causes it?

Diastasis recti occurs when the uterus begins pushing against the abdominal wall. The pressure of the uterus along with the pregnancy hormones cause the midline tissue to widen and become thinner resulting in softened connective tissue. Diastasis recti is most common after pregnancy when the woman’s abdominal wall is soft. As a result the midline tissue no longer provides sufficient support to the woman’s internal organs.

Diastasis recti can be caused from several different issues including having more than one child, especially when the children are close in age. Women over the age of 35 also are more likely to experience Diastasis recti. Heavier babies or multiple babies born in the same pregnancy can also be a cause.

But did you know women aren’t alone in this experience? Newborns can also experience diastasic recti, but it will typically goes away on its own. And men have also been found to have diastasis recti. For men, it can be caused from yo-yo dieting, poor sit-up form, or other improper exercise techniques.