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Diastasis recti is when the connective tissue between the right and left muscles that run down your abdomen stretches creating a “gap.” This gap is usually is small. Women with this gap are not known to be more likely to have pelvic floor disorders, low back pain, pelvic pain, or weaker pelvic floor muscles.  

Diastasis recti is not caused by problems of the pelvic floor, but some women might experience problems with diastasis recti and pelvic floor at the same time.

  • About 60% of women are affected by diastasis recti at 6 weeks after birth
  • About 30% of women are affected by diastasis recti at 1 year after birth

Remember that your 1 year postpartum (or annual) exam is a good time to talk to your provider about any lingering sensations.