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Why I Took a Diastasis Recti Test and You Should Too | Mother Rising

Have you heard of diastasis recti? I began hearing that term these last few years but didn’t pay attention because I couldn’t add one more thing to my plate.

I literally could not fit one more thing into my brain. The internet is so overwhelming, and I thought if I researched into it I would have to do something about it.

And I didn’t want to do one more thing.

I wish I paid attention.

What is diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is the separation of your abdominal wall. Look at the photo below for a visual of the variations of diastasis recti. I believe I have “open diastasis”.


What’s the big deal?

It is important to get an accurate diagnosis for diastasis recti so that you can stop and reverse problems such as

  • hip problems
  • intestinal problems
  • back pain
  • postural problems
  • pelvic floor problems

Diastasis Recti Symptoms

You might have diastasis recti if…

  • If your abs seem to only get worse when you do crunches, sit ups or planks… (I don’t do these things so I’m not sure haha)
  • If your belly button mysteriously became an outie when it was always an innie… (YES! This is me.)
  • If your lower back always bothers you, or you constantly “throw your back out”… (Yep)
  • If you pee your pants every time you sneeze, cough, laugh, stand up, sit down… (Yep)
  • If you have ever had abdominal surgery and your core connection is still cut… (I had my appendix out in 2012)
  • If you’ve ever given birth and your middle still feels muddled… (Yep)
  • If you always feel like a limp noodle, and you have to prop yourself up… (Yep)

birth story 8(I also think that my pendulous pregnancies should have been a big red flag. See how looooow my belly hung? I thought it was odd but nobody told me it could be a problem.

I also have a sneaky suspicion that this caused my last baby to be in a less than ideal position possibly causing my less than ideal birth???)

Diastasis Recti Test

Here is an extremely well done video that shows a simple diastasis recti test that will allow you to self-diagnose for diastasis recti in less than 3 minutes.

Other than being completely weirded out by sticking my fingers in my abdominal wall, I was blown away to find out I do indeed have diastasis recti. I can get three fingers in there. I’m both horrified and relieved.

Now that I know what the problem is I can move forward and heal. I’m excited!

Diastasis Recti Repair

Now that I know what’s wrong, I’m super excited to begin my healing journey. I don’t have to feel broken for the rest of my life.

F5-Final1-300x300THIS IS IMPORTANT!! If you have diastasis recti you should avoid crunches, sit ups and full prone planks until you educate yourself and learn how to exercise in a way that doesn’t make the situation worse.

I found a really neat program called the Five Foundational Routines by Bethany Learn. In her program she teaches five basic, physical therapist-approved, TummySafe™ movements and routines to activate the core.

To heal my diastasis recti.

To heal my body!

I could have a flat stomach again!

I can’t wait to get started. Will you join me?


Thursday 12th of May 2016

Am I missing something? Where is the test/rest of the article?

Lindsey Morrow

Saturday 14th of May 2016

Try this:

Beth Learn

Tuesday 15th of September 2015

what a fantastic review and write up of our new eCourse! Thank you so much for taking the time {without me asking or soliciting it} and I hope it makes a beneficial impact on your life as you consistently work through the program! Blessings!

Lindsey Morrow

Tuesday 15th of September 2015

You're welcome! I can't wait to get started. :)