Diastasis Recti and Pregnancy

You may be starting your pregnancy with a diastasis from a former pregnancy or just from doing exercises incorrectly! Most women get a diastasis from pregnancy and pushing in labor and just don’t know it because health practitioners do not check for a diastasis unless they are asked.  So why do you care if you have a diastasis? For one thing, back pain is associated with a diastasis. Did you know that a large diastasis can also put you at risk for a C-section? This is because it changes the position of the cervix. It goes from facing and opening downward in the vaginal canal to facing sideways. The baby cannot get out when the cervix is facing sideways.

The best scenario would be to close your diastasis before getting pregnant! However, this is usually not realistic because you may not even know you have a diastasis! So starting the program as early as possible during your pregnancy will be the most beneficial for your pregnancy and birth.  The goal of the Tupler Technique® is to keep your diastasis as small as  possible during your pregnancy to prevent back problems and the risk of a C-section.

Childbirth educators usually do not teach women how to use their abdominals when pushing in labor. The Tupler Technique® wants to prepare you for the marathon of labor.  Pushing is a learned skill and must be practiced during pregnancy so it is second nature in labor. You cannot learn a new skill (pushing) while in pain. It takes around 21 days to learn a new skill. To protect your abdominals and pelvic floor muscles you must learn how to push with your strengthened and splinted abdominal muscles while relaxing your pelvic floor muscles. It is sort of like patting your head and rubbing your belly! That is why you must practice it during pregnancy.

Our Perfect Pushing DVD has information on making a diastasis smaller, learning how to push, and exercise modifications during pregnancy. Click here to hear Julie speak about this.

To order your copy of Perfect Pushing click here.

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