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  • Postpartum Rehab

    I am posting on behalf of my wife, she is three months past delivery our fourth child, and has a pretty typical case of diastasis recti, which our two year old calls a "playdough belly". My wife is originally from Belgium, but we live in the United States currently, and has stated that postpartum physical therapy is standard after delivery in much of Europe. She seems to be thinking if she found "the right physical therapist" she could significantly improve her diastasis recti.

    Can her diastasis recti be treated with therapy, is the therapy well known among physical therapists, or do we need to see a specialist? I'm a little skeptical of just googling this and trying exercises at home due to the amount of non-experts making things up on the internet, so if you have resources that would be helpful, I would appreciate it.

    For detail, my wife is 32, 5'10, and about 160 pounds. And currently is not following any exercise program. She also has struggled to get back to her pre pregnancy weight of 150 after being treated for Graves Disease, if that is relevant.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by David Oswald; 07-13-2021, 04:13 PM.

  • #2
    Would be curious about this as well. "Functional" general core work is generally fairly obvious (i.e. most things that aid in core endurance/bracing/etc) but I have yet to find a reputable source that indicates what the best approach is to this.


    • #3
      I would start here:

      Pelvic health physical therapy, and especially post partum rehab is definitely a thing. To my knowledge there is not good evidence for an expedited recovery of diastasis recti but there are certainly things that have shown beneficial in both feeling better and returning to prior levels of activity. In the podcast Meryl mentions two resources for looking for a pelvic health specialist. This would be a good place to start.