Your Top 5 Diastasis Recti Questions Answered

by | Aug 25, 2017

Your TOP 5 Diastasis Recti questions answered!

Recently I did a call for questions on my Facebook and Instagram pages to ask you what your diastasis recti questions were and you delivered. Hundreds of responses rolled in from current mamas, those who are pregnant, personal trainers, chiropractors, doulas, etc.

I rounded up the TOP 5 and answered them, as best as possible, in the video below live on my Facebook page. Below the video, you’ll see timestamps in case you want to jump to different Qs and As in the video.

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And, now for the DRA Q&A! 



[0 – 4 minutes]: Introduction to Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRA).

[4 – 9 minutes]: What is DRA? Why it’s a smart function of the pregnant body, it’s a connective tissue conversation, the prevalence of DRA, my yoga pants analogy.

[9 – 10 minutes]: Does DRA heal by itself? It depends, but with further clarification.

[10:30 – 13:30 minutes]: Can we prevent the severity of DRA in pregnancy? No specific research, but might we be doing things to exacerbate the severity of DRA in pregnancy?

[13:30 – 17:30 minutes]: When can you start sit-ups and crunches postpartum? Need to think about the difference in context between doing high reps and sets vs. a few of these movements in daily life.

[17:30 – 19 minutes]: Will DRA get worse postpartum with intense exercise early postpartum? Consider high loads and high intensity and if your body is managing them well.

[19 – 20:30 minutes]: Will my DRA automatically be worse with a subsequent pregnancy? Not necessarily AT ALL!

[20:30 – 22 minutes]: Recap of questions answered.

Ps. To learn how to optimally assess yourself, your clients or patients for diastasis, see this guide

Jessie Mundell is mama-in-chief at, where she’s helped hundreds of moms feel strong, confident, and EMPOWERED in their bodies with fitness programs tailored to their prenatal and postnatal needs.

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