Throughout the pregnancy, your belly and abdominal muscles are weaker and stretch to create space for your baby.
When these abdominal muscles are too strong before the pregnancy or the belly developed too quickly, the linea alba between rectus abdominis (6 packs muscle) tears leaving a gap above and below your belly button. It is named Diastasis.
To know if you have a diastasis, after giving birth, you have to lie down on your back with knees bend and feet on the floor. Put 3 fingers underneath your belly button and press gently. Raise your head, if your fingers are blocked, there is no diastasis. If your fingers go deeper, there is a diastasis.
Warning: do it only once as the repetition of this test can increase the diastasis
Do not hesitate to ask to your women’s health physiotherapist to evaluate precisely the level of diastasis and to have start treatment to reduce it and to prevent other associate inconveniences.
We offer home visit because we think it is more convenient for mummies and allow you to rest at the end of the session. But we also consult in our practice located in North london between Kentish town and Camden town.
To check if you have a diastasis, you can follow the instruction in this video: