Diastis Recti is when your ab muscles separate in the front for whatever reason. In women, it is usually caused by pregnancy. I was under the impression that the muscles eventually go back together, but that's not necessarily true! I suspected I had an issue with DR and sure enough, I have about a 1.5 finger width separation.
My 3rd baby's pregnancy resulted in DR. After I gave birth to him, I had a very painful umbilical hernia because of it. Working out helped me lose weight and tone up, but I never fully got rid of the poochiness unless I lost a lot of weight and zipped up my abs as tight as I could all the time. I also had a lot of problems with my pelvic floor, including bladder prolapse and sexual weakness and discomfort. (Sorry anyone who knows me personally reading this and finding TMI, but I am trying to be transparent for any mom who's experienced this as well and wonders why). I also had difficult to correct poor posture and painful problems with my hips.
After my 4th pregnancy, I wore a post partum binder to help get thing back in place. I did plenty of kegals and joined the Beachbody program. I lost most of the weight, toned up, got my guts back in place, but I still dealt with pelvic floor weakness, bad hip joint pain, poor-difficult to correct posture, and a poochy belly.
Now that I've discovered that I have DR, I would like to correct it.
Here are some links to help do that: