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Diastasis Recti

I am looking for other sufferers of Diastasis Recti, a post partum problem where the rectus abdominus (abs) split in two. Mine is very severe. It has been 16 months and no sign of improvement. I am looking for support or some help out there.

Thu. May 4, 12:41pm

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I've got it. It doesn't interfere with anything for me, though. My sister-in-law also has it. She's a physical therapy assistant and a marathoner. Once I asked her about it--how long it should take to heal, what I should do if it doesn't. She said she never felt surgery was necessary for her. I figured with all the working out and running she does, if she doesn't need it, I sure don't.

Of course, this would be different if it was actually affecting what I could do.

Monday, May 08, 2006, 12:23 AM

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(Same poster, here)--BTW, my youngest baby is 6 years old.

Monday, May 08, 2006, 12:23 AM

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Are you completely torn? I am, from stem to sternum. If I don't wear binding undergarments, I look about 12 weeks pregnant. It all starts falling out. And I've had a hernia, which I managed to push back in. Do you have any of this?

Monday, May 08, 2006, 12:19 PM

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No, I don't. No hernia...I do have a belly, and it will never be flat again no matter what I do. But as I'm about 30 lbs overweight it's hard to say how much of it is just flab and how much is the failure of the muscle structure.

Monday, May 08, 2006, 2:09 PM

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Thanks for your help with this.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 8:38 AM

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Here's an interesting article...

This article gives some exercises you can do and also adresses the hernia issue....


Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 9:15 AM

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Saturday, November 11, 2006, 7:52 PM

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I have had it for about three years now, and it is continually getting worse. I have been to countless doctors whom all say the same thing. It can only be fixed by a plastic surgeon, and they say insurance will not cover the surgery because it is cosmetic. All I have to say is if it is cosmetic, then why does it hurt so bad to pick up my three year old son, or a vacuum sweeper. All I want is my life back, and I can't afford it.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007, 8:39 PM

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I'm pregnant now and I'm wondering when this happens. Does it happen while your pregnant or after?

Tuesday, May 01, 2007, 9:14 PM

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It doesn't happen to everyone, so try to relax. It does occur during pregnancy. Most pregnancy-related diastasis recti heals of its own accord after delivery--there are some simple exercises to begin with (lifting one's head from the floor while lying in the position normally associated with situps or crunches is the first). As the body heals, a few light ab exercises leading into a normal ab workout will heal the diastasis in most people.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007, 10:45 PM

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