Why Being Pregnant Puts You at Increased Risk for Abdominal Muscle Separation

Diastasis Rectus Abdominus, or DRA for those of us short on time(!), is an abnormal separation of the left and right rectus abdominus muscles and can happen in babies, athletes, men, and women!  Having a history of being pregnant (no matter the method of delivery) can put you at increased risk for this condition for several reasons. 

Excessive amounts of force on the linea alba (connective tissue between the rectus muscles)

The abdominal region is the only area where you’ll...

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DRA & Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Diastasis Rectus Abdominus is an abnormal separation of the rectus abdominus (“6-pack”) muscles that occur from the excessive, repetitive force on the connective tissue of the abdominal wall.  

While this condition is not unique to the pregnant individual, women who are pregnant are more vulnerable to this condition due to their hormonal environment combined with the excessive forward pressure being placed on the connective tissue from the growing uterus.  Some statistics...

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