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Answers To The 23 Most-Asked Questions About Diastasis Recti

So many questions, so little time. We feel you, mama.

We're wrapping up Diastasis Recti Awareness Month with a rapid-fire Q&A session where the two of us sat down and answered all of the questions we see or hear mothers asking about diastasis.

Listen to the whole thing (you might get an answer you didn't know you needed), or jump ahead to the question you want to know the answer to. The timestamps for each question are listed below.

In this video, we covered:

How do I know if I have DR? (0:46)

Is Diastasis Recti considered a hernia? (2:29)

How can I fix DR naturally? (3:09)

Can you fix diastasis recti without surgery? (3:45)

How long does it take to correct DR? (5:15)

Can Diastasis Recti be fixed after years? (5:49)

Is DR permanent? (6:36)

Can you heal Diastasis and it comes back? (7:04)

Can exercise heal Diastasis Recti? (8:11)

What’s up with plank? (9:47)

Does walking reduce Diastasis Recti? (10:34)

Why it’s so important for moms to be able to feel their own Diastasis (11:01)

What to look out for as symptoms of pain from Diastasis (11:22)

What role does exhaustion play in your repair (or delay of repair)? (12:27)

Will a belly band help with DR? (13:38)

What exercises should be avoided with Diastasis Recti? / What makes Diastasis Recti Worse? (14:59)

What are some modifications for exercises to be modified for postpartum? (16:41)

How do you know you’re doing too much when modifying intensity? (17:12)

What is the best way to know when you need to modify your intensity? (17:39)

What do you say to moms who feel like they just want to accept their DR? (17:43)

Can you lose weight with Diastasis Recti? (19:52)

Can I have a flat stomach with Diastasis Recti? (21:28)

Athletic mamas and DR! (22:14)

This is a pretty long list of questions, but if we didn't answer YOUR question about diastasis recti, please drop it in the comments below. We're here to support you!

Resources & Links

Looking for support to stay active during your pregnancy or start your postpartum recovery? Here are some options to get you started on a great path forward:

1) Take the Pelvic Floor & Core Strength Quiz. After taking the quiz, you'll get a score and based on your results, guidance on what steps to take to move you forward in your recovery.

2) Check out our podcast listening guides: Download the Pregnancy Listening Guide or Postpartum Listening Guide.

3) If you're pregnant, want to be way more active than you have been, AND want connection with other mothers, but don't know where to start…join the Expecting to Flourish™ Membership - a mom-driven and expert-guided virtual space empowering moms with a new approach to prenatal fitness and birth prep that actually prepares you for the physical and emotional hurdles of motherhood.

If you’re postpartum and ready to get moving, need to heal your body but you don’t know where to start…join us for Postpartum Repair & Restore LIVE, a science-backed and fun-stacked, Diastasis and Pelvic Floor Strength program. Start healing your diastasis and eliminating leaking in 8 weeks or less with our guidance.

4) Do you prefer working one-on-one, or have a high risk pregnancy, a severe diastasis or leaking that won’t quit? You might be a candidate to work with us privately. To find out, take this quick self assessment! If you qualify, you'll be invited to schedule a complementary Postpartum Strategy Session with us where we'll take a good look at what's not working in your repair process, and come up with a great plan just for you.




Since Devoted Mamas' founding in 2017, our mission is to help you through all the stages of motherhood - stay super strong (and calm!) during pregnancy, be the BOSS of your birth, and help you bring life back to your core + pelvic floor in postpartum.

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