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What is diastasis recti?

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Diastasis recti means your belly sticks out because the space between your left and right belly muscles has widened. You might call it a pooch.

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Van de Water, A. Archives of Gynecology & Obstetrics, January 2014.

Boxer, S. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 1997.

Mota, P. Manual Therapy, August 2013.

Mota, P. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, November 2012. 

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Stanford School of Medicine: "Diastasis Recti."

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Kulhanek, J. Hernia, August 2013.

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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Why do abdominal muscles sometimes separate during pregnancy?"

Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias: "Diastasis recti."

Julie Tupler, RN, certified childbirth educator, certified personal trainer, New York; founder, DiastasisRehab.com.

Boissonnault, J. Physical Therapy, 1988.

Chiarello, C. Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy, spring 2005.

Lee, D. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, October 2008.

Keeler, J. Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy, September/December 2012.

Tupler, J. Hernia, March 2012.

Gilleard, W. Physical Therapy, July 1996.

Sheppard, S. Manual Therapy, September 1996.

Coldron, Y. Manual Therapy, April 2008.

Lockwood, T. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, May 1998.

Barbosa, S. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, August 2013.

Erica Ziel, certified Pilates trainer, certified personal trainer, founder, Knocked-Up Fitness; founder, Core Athletica Inc., Newport Beach, CA; author, The Knocked-Up Fitness Guide to Pregnancy, 2014.

Bursch, S. Physical Therapy, July 1987.

Blanchard, P. HIV Medicine, January 2005.

Spitznagle, T. International UrogynecologyJournal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, March 2007.

Benjamin, D. Physiotherapy, March 2014.

Spence, M. The Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 1978.

Akram, J. Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery, June 2014.

Palanivelu, C. Hernia, June 2009.

Van de Water, A. Archives of Gynecology & Obstetrics, January 2014.

Boxer, S. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 1997.

Mota, P. Manual Therapy, August 2013.

Mota, P. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, November 2012. 

Hickey, F. Hernia, December 2011.

Stanford School of Medicine: "Diastasis Recti."

Nahas, F. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, February 2011.

Kulhanek, J. Hernia, August 2013.

Verissimo, P. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, April 2014.

Tadiparthi, S. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, March 2012.

de Castro, E. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, August 2013.

Mestak, O. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, November 2012.

Hsia, M. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 2000.

Mendes, D.  Acta Cirurgica Brasileira, May-June 2007.

Nahas, F. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, May 2005.

Nahas, F. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, July-August 1997.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 10, 2018

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