Can diastasis recti cause pelvic floor disorder, or is diastasis recti simply associated with pelvic floor disorder, or neither? These are the questions that have consumed me the last few days. Why? Beats me. It’s like an uncatchy song stuck in my head. Nevertheless, the questions are important. If diastasis recti (DRA) can CAUSE pelvic … Continue reading Does Diastasis Recti Cause Pelvic Floor Disorder?
Bellies get a lot of body image blame. Postpartum women, in particular, try to excise their midsections as quickly as possible; no one wants to get the “when are you due” question while cradling her 6 month old. And personally, my postpartum belly was my body image Achilles heel. In other words, I drew a … Continue reading The Faulty Logic Conflating Postpartum Bellies with Body Image
To splint or not to splint? That is the diastasis recti question. Some experts say you absolutely must splint 24/7 to “heal” the connective tissue, while others suggest splinting will weaken your muscles, aggravate pelvic organ prolapse, or, ironically, leave you unable to shorten the connective tissue. In typical Motherfigure fashion, I hedge on this … Continue reading Should You Splint Diastasis Recti?
Physical therapy is a mother’s friend. I believe ALL new moms should be offered physical therapy. Unfortunately, that’s a pipe dream in the United States. However, if you suffer from diastasis recti or pelvic floor dysfunction, ask your doctor for a referral. That said, physical therapy isn’t a panacea, and physical therapists don’t always agree … Continue reading A Patient’s Advice to Her Physical Therapist